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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.
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
- Interview with the 14th Dalai Lama
- Interview with Dr. Tenzin Choedrak
- Musical performance with sacred instruments
- Timeline of Tibetan medicine
- Trailer gallery
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing! Very informative! The thing I found most useful was the merging of Tibetan Medicine and scientific facts with Padma 28.Published 8 months ago by I A M
Anything with the Dalai Lama in it is worth having, studying, and appreciating. A beautiful, precious being who has always only radiated love and peace.Published 12 months ago by Jane Doe
Was an interesting . I love learning about ancient Tibet and the western part of Europe before Russia stole the land.Published 15 months ago by Marilyn Calvert
Very thought provoking DVD. The subtitles get too heavy at times and I spend so much time reading, I miss some of the movie. Other than that, its a great movie to own.Published 15 months ago by Freedom P.