Knowledge of Healing

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The Knowledge of Healing is an illuminating examination of Tibetan medicine, 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 Gyushi (Knowledge of Healing) was created, a text codifying this intricate system. 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 clinical studies are testing the effectiveness of Tibetan medicine.


Studio First Run Features
SKU 40719869
UPC 720229911764
UPC 14 00720229911764
Format DVD
Release Date 9/20/2005
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Bstan-Dzin-Rgya-Mtsh
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Cast & Crew
Franz Reichle - Director
Franz Reichle - Writer
ReviewSource Boston Phoenix
Review Amid recent florid attempts by Hollywood to document the decline of Tibetan culture, this sobering, enchanting documentary echoes with the quiet clarity of prayer bells. The Knowledge of Healing is also the title of an 11th-century book of medicine, as we're told by the film's primary narrator, Dr. Tenzin Choedrak, personal physician to the Dalai Lama.
Reviewer Peg Aloi
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review This information-packed film is an absorbing glimpse at illness and injury as viewed by another culture. It also comes across as a careful study of specific cases in which remedies are applied, results recorded and expert commentary given. There is almost too much technical detail -- the complex formulae of Tibetan medicines and scientific analysis by traditional Western physicians.
Reviewer Peter Stack
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review The Knowledge of Healing, directed by Franz Reichle, offers much too much information than can be absorbed in one viewing. But from what can be grasped, the movie is not propagandistic mumbo jumbo but an invitation to examine a useful alternative approach to the human body and its mechanisms.
Reviewer Stephen Holden
ReviewRating 7
DVD, English, Subtitled
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Actor Bstan-Dzin-Rgya-Mtsh
Label First Run Feature
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
LA Weekly Fascinating and persuasive...unique look at the ancient knowledge of healing...
The Boston Globe A captivating documentary about the intricate and fascinating medical procedures Tibetans have practriced for centuries.

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