Tibetan Formulas since 1969
Since 1969 PADMA is the only manufacturer worldwide of herbal medicines and dietary supplements of Tibetan Medicine and Constitution, in Swiss quality. All herbal compositions are produced exclusively in Switzerland and are based on centuries old traditional recipe collections.
Tibetan knowledge – tradition and modernity
Until today, the association of Tibetan tradition with modern manufacturing of recipes from plants and minerals, according to Western standards, is a pioneering work. The secret of the formulas of Tibetan medicine is the holistic approach of PADMA products.
Therefore, PADMA sees itself as a think tank of integrative medicine. It combines modern research and therapies from conventional medicine and complementary medicine with a holistic vision of human beings. The aim is a treatment of illnesses and wellness tailored to the needs of the patients.
50 years of practical experience and scientific work are now enabling us to provide a synthesis of modern research and centuries of old tradition.
PADMA is trying to build bridges between medical systems and cultures. A particular concern is to preserve the centuries old and proven medical knowledge of Tibet and make it useful to all of humanity.
PADMA, as the only manufacturer of Tibetan recipes in the west, is working, so Tibetan Medicine receives more attention in Europe.
Since its founding, the company has invested in scientific research into Tibetan formulas. The obtained findings should help Tibetan Medicine, and ultimately, Tibetan culture to gain more recognition on an international level and give something back to the origin of medicine.
Only through scientific analysis and documentation, one can overcome cultural prejudices and gain recognition of Tibetan herbal formulas in the West.
The company name, PADMA, should especially commemorate the first Tibetan family of physicians in the West. The history goes back to the physician, Sul Tim Badma, from the Russian Buryatia.
“Padma” is an old Indian word (Sanskrit) for “lotus flower.” This expression should show the connectedness with plants.
Growing from the mud, the lotus flower produces a flawless blossom on the water surface. It is also a symbol of creativity and intellectual development in Tibet.
With these two assets, PADMA is committed to the future of Tibetan medicine in the West.
The pathway to the West
In 1954, PADMA founder, Karl Lutz, by chance attended a presentation on Tibetan Medicine in Zurich. He was so fascinated by the matter that he wanted to learn everything about the concept and philosophy of this mysterious medical system. Lutz intensively studied the topic and later met the family of the well-known Tibetan doctor, Sul Tim Badma.
Sul Tim Badma was a well-known Tibetan doctor from Siberia (Transbaikalia, the area east of Lake Baikal). In 1850, he received an invitation from the Russian Czar to the palace in St. Petersburg after he had successfully controlled a rampant typhus epidemic. Badma went to St. Petersburg and remained there. A few years later, he opened the first Tibetan pharmacy in Europe.
Around 1960, Dr. Peter Badmajew gave the family collection of Tibetan formulas to Karl Lutz. The unusual and adventurous story about the journey of Tibetan Medicine to the West is told in the documentary “Journeys with Tibetan Medicine” by Martin Saxer.
Lutz formed a study group of Tibetan medicine in Zurich. Scientists from ten countries checked out the traditional records of applying the Tibetan recipes.
A unique list of applications of the individual formulas could be developed in the 1960s due to their pioneering work. This list of indications was given to interested Swiss doctors for experimental purposes with the first herbal tablets.
Pioneers from the beginning
Encouraged by the positive echo of the doctors, Karl Lutz founded the PADMA AG in Zürich in 1969.
He started with the production of Tibetan herbal tablets, according to Western pharmaceutical standards.
A year later, the intercantonal certification body for remedies of Switzerland (ICS, today Swissmedic) released PADMA LAX, the first formulation produced by PADMA for sale. It was the formula no. 179 of the valuable Tibetan recipe collection.
Seven years later, Formula 28 received the go-ahead of the authorities and was taken as PADMA 28 to the market.
PADMA is worldwide known for the 28th formula.
In 1994, the founder, Karl Lutz, handed over the management of PADMA to his close associate, Dr. Herbert Schwabl, a biophysicist from Vienna. The efforts to explore Tibetan Medicine scientifically intensified.
In 1998, the production facility in Switzerland was remodeled and the quality lab was moved to its own premises.
Another highlight of the production history of PADMA was the dedication of a modern production machine for capsule production in 2010.
A newly optimized ventilation system guarantees low humidity and different climate zones in the production hall.
So, all steps in production – from mixing the pulverized herbs to the delivery of the finished product – can be done in our own factory.
With the decision to rely on capsules and the Swiss location, jobs in Switzerland were secured, and the manufacturing process was simplified. Since November 2015, the corporate headquarters of PADMA also located to Wetzikon for production and the laboratory was done.
In 2015, the production was rebuilt and new high-tech machinery for blister packs and packaging was introduced, and further innovations are expected. In the next few years, further Tibetan plant compositions will be released.
Today, PADMA employs around 40 employees on all three sites. The herbal formulas are not only distributed in Switzerland, but exported to a dozen of other countries.
Production is carried out according to internationally accepted guidelines for pharmaceutical products (GMP, Good Manufacturing Practice). Regular official controls guarantee quality and safety at the production site in Wetzikon, Switzerland.
Welcome to the
The world of PADMA is fascination, innovation, tradition, progress, friendship, and partnership at all levels.
For nearly 50 years, we have strived to deepen and spread the complex knowledge of Tibetan Medicine. With much joy and pride, we can look back on a unique story and are grateful that our work in Switzerland will be carried out far beyond the country’s borders.
We have had the great honor to receive very special personalities and immerse in our world.
In 2005, his Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, visited PADMA. With this historical meeting, the religious and secular leader of the Tibetan community confirmed the importance of the dialogue between East and West, particularly in the medical field.
In 2016, we also welcomed an important dignitary, his Holiness, the 17th Karmapa, in our halls and thanked him for the recognition of our work.
To preserve the knowledge of Tibetan Medicine, we have made an effort, since the beginning and into future, to promote scientific research into the healing properties of Tibetan formulas.
Our formulas are part of the heritage and tradition of the Tibetan constitutional teachings. We want to preserve the centuries-old and proven knowledge from Tibet and make it usable for the people all over the world.