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The Knowledge of Healing (1997)

The 14th Dalai Lama , Dr. Tenzin Choedrak , Franz Reichle  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: The 14th Dalai Lama, Dr. Tenzin Choedrak, H. H. Tenzin Gyatso
  • Directors: Franz Reichle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0GY28
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,655 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Knowledge of Healing" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Interview with the 14th Dalai Lama
  • Interview with Dr. Tenzin Choedrak
  • Musical performance with sacred instruments
  • Timeline of Tibetan medicine
  • Biographies
  • Trailer gallery

Editorial Reviews


An invitation to examine a useful alternative approach to the human body and its mechanisms. --The New York Times

A captivating documentary about the intricate and fascinating medical procedures Tibetans have practiced for centuries. --Boston Globe

Fascinating and persuasive, this unique look at the ancient knowledge of healing is a surprisingly compelling medical narrative. --LA Weekly

Product Description

The new documentary THE KNOWLEDGE OF HEALING is an illuminating examination of Tibetan medicine, a practice which has developed over two millennia into a modern day successful method of healing that rivals western medical practices.

Unlike Western medicine, based on biochemistry, Tibetan medical thinking (which is strongly rooted in Buddhist principles) views the human body as governed by an elaborately organized system of energies flowing through a network of channels. In the 12th century, the Gyüshi (Knowledge of Healing) was created, a text codifying this intricate system. The medications used comprise herbs, roots, minerals, etc. After flourishing for centuries, most Tibetan medical schools were destroyed by the Chinese in the 1950's and 1960's, and many physicians were executed.

Speaking from exile, the Dalai Lama argues for the value of Tibetan medicine, while his personal physician Dr. Tenzin Choedrak describes the principles behind it. We follow physicians in India and Siberia treating patients for a variety of ailments from paralysis to heart disease, and meet researchers in Israel and Switzerland to see how western clinical studies are testing the effectiveness of Tibetan medicine.

THE KNOWLEDGE OF HEALING is not propaganda for alternative medicine, but a thorough, objective examination of an ancient interpretation of human physiology, and a compelling investigation into an alternative approach to healing.

Customer Reviews

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141 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cure for Cancer November 15, 2006
This film should have been subtitled "A cure for cancer?" - i only wish I had seen this film when my friend was dying from a tumor and from the AMA treatment of it. This is a really powerful film with great science and information in it. I'm buying one for my doctor today. *Editing comment in 2011* Apologies for not being more specific. Five years ago when I posted this comment, I assumed hundreds of others would appear. My wife got this film through Netflix, I'm a fan of Tibetan medicine, as I've studied it a bit and met the Dalai Lama's doctor, Yeshe Donden. He said "we didn't have much cancer in Tibet until recently, but we've had some success in treating it." In this documentary, the filmmaker takes the time to show the Tibetan healing practices, focusing on a Tibetan Doctor in Mongolia where he cures a Russian man - If memory serves me he was given 3 months to live. Mind you, this is Mongolia - middle of nowhere, the Doctor is working with herbs and ancient tradition - but it's amazing to watch (and kudos to the filmmaker for showing the process). I can't recommend anyone suffering from cancer to travel to Mongolia for treatment (unless you can, of course), but I highly recommend viewing this film to get a sense of "holistic" treatment. Not everyone is well versed in it. Certainly medical science has taken leaps and bounds - but this kind of healing, based on centuries of knowledge of plants and how they affect the body, and the toxins that affect it - combined perhaps with a good mental attitude - can produce startling results. I think there are 3 patients covered in all - each with different doctors, each healed through the traditional Tibetan method. Read more ›
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Information December 22, 2011
The information presented in this documentary was not only interesting it has improved my health! I started reading up on Padma 28, one of the treatments mentioned, and found a lot of western research done in the US and Europe showing good results in removing arterial plague build up, lowering blood pressure, improving circulation, reducing inflammation, etc. I bought the Padma Basic here on Amazon and immediately my blood pressure lowered to normal with no side effects. There's a lot of important information regarding health and healthcare presented in this documentary. Definitely a DVD to keep and share with friends and family members.
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The difference between light and absence of light July 31, 2006
The amazing part of "The Knowledge of Healing" is when the scientist says that he saw waves of light from the tibetan herbs. This video should be given as a gift for everyone in the health fild, because it shows, scientifically, that the herbs are the way of healing. Jose Joacir dos Santo, O.M.D.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish for a Tibetan "Urgent Care" in the U.S. September 19, 2009
This documentary follows the Dalai Lama's personal physician and the art of Tibetan medicine. This is an eye opening view into how they diagnose and treat every disease or deficiency known to humankind.

This film shows how Tibetan medicine works (in a nutshell), from diagnosing through a patients pulse to the medicine made by the good doctor himself. The knowledge that exhibited about the body and its interactions with the herbs, plants and minerals that he turns into medicine is astounding.

This is a documentary and are alot of subtitles, and the english that is spoken sometimes is hard to understand, however a glimpse into this world is well worth the purchase. The information alone will make you want to seek out a Tibetan physician. Hopefully one day we will all have availability to such knowledge.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical DVD about healing November 10, 2012
By AhMeBud
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Most DVDs about healing are much more sophisticated and fast moving than this one. If you are seeking a DVD to teach you a healing technique, this is not the one. If you are familiar with Chinese healing techniques, you find many similarities here. The pace is slow--not that this is good or bad--just a fact. Here is the man who treats the Dalai Lama and monks who were treated horrifically by the Chinese, as well as those who have been told there is no cure for them. The story of one of the female monks brought tears to my eyes and to the eyes of the practitioners who was treating her. I wouldn't be alive today without Chinese medicine, so my view of this DVD is from this viewpoint of gratitude and respect for these loving practitioners. If you've been told there is no hope for you, seek a Chinese doctor with many years of practicing the art of Chinese herbs, diagnosis, and acupuncture. Dr. Guo in Chicago is incredible!
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering June 12, 2006
By tony go
An unexpected, informative, and charming film. These are gifted and inspiring teachers and healers, from a long and profound tradition. And the film does them justice.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awakening November 1, 2009
By Johan91
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I watched this movie on two sessions,.
It was worth the money spent, and more. The scientific knowledge the Tibetan medicine is introducing here is vast.

There are also Western professionals who confirm the miraculous healing properties of the plant extracts described.
His Holiness Dalai Lama gives a plenty of correct and precise information, which is easy to remember and understand.

This very high class document is the top of my movies. hmm, I've got four of them:D
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information on alternative healing methods.
Great information about ancient healing methods. Helped in my research on alternative healing
Published 7 days ago by gg
5.0 out of 5 stars English words aren't adequate.
There are times in life when you know you've understood something and you'll never go back to your original way of thinking.
This is one of those times.
Published 6 months ago by Jan Byard
5.0 out of 5 stars there's more to healing than just medicine
this is a nice intro into Tibetan medicine, and the power of compassion to heal. Treating the cause of the disease rather than the symtom makes much more sense. Read more
Published 6 months ago by colleter99
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!
Awesome book with great info! I recommend it to anyone interested in all kinds of healing! Science and spirituality goes together! There's no separation!
Published 7 months ago by Milla Q.
4.0 out of 5 stars Important and worth it.
Good knowledge for all of us to live by and to really live instead of just exist, get healthy with this one!
Published 9 months ago by Frank C. Ewing
2.0 out of 5 stars Just o.k
This video may appeal to those who enjoy historical documentaries. I was looking for something a little different than this.
Published 13 months ago by SDM
5.0 out of 5 stars Tibetan Medicine Information
Good documentary describing Tibetan medicine and how it can work well with Western Medicine. An elderly man attributes his longevity after being diagnosed with arteriosclerosis and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Art Lynch
4.0 out of 5 stars I believe the Tibetian medicine from herbs can cure some diseases .
The five elements create all living things. I have some experiences about the herbs or vegetables so I know it is true.
Published 15 months ago by huong luu
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the film.
I loved the film and found it fascinating. It reflects an entirely different approach to the on-going health of the body--an optimistic view of maintaining one's well-being that... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Carol Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars Peace withing Understanding
Who can dispute the 14th Dalai Lama's knowing of the perfection within Creation and the power imbued within each of us to heal?
Published 18 months ago by Peggy
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