The Tibetan's knew how to infuse various plants to produce powerful medicinal and entheogenic elixirs. The idea is to choose and combine plant allies that work together symbiotically. Often times plants with mildly psychoactive properties were combined with other psychoactive plants, resulting in extremely powerful medicines. These mixtures would surpass the intensity of any of the ingredients being used on their own.
Often times certain plants that could be poisonous in sufficient dosages were used in small amounts in mixtures such as these. It was very common throughout history for poisonous plants to be used as medicine when done so carefully and precisely. This process is one that utilizes the Arndt-Schulz rule. "For every substance, small doses stimulate, moderate doses inhibit, large doses kill." - Wikipedia
The mineral bitumen occurs naturally in many places. It's often found on the shores of the Dead and Caspian Seas. It's used in cements, in the construction of pavements, and so on. It was not uncommon in historic medicinal practices to use minerals, and other naturally occurring gems in the preparations of elixirs and other medicines. Also I think it's important to note one of the most important ingredients in this mixture, Marijuana.
SPOD-KHYUNG was used to treat inflammations, pains, hyperacidity of the stomach, swelling and pains in the joints.
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