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Format: DVD
Sku: 40719869
UPC: 720229911764
UPC 14: 00720229911764
Category Keywords: Documentary  Healing Powers  Health
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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.

"Fascinating and persuasive...unique look at the ancient knowledge of healing...  LA Weekly
"A captivating documentary about the intricate and fascinating medical procedures Tibetans have practriced for centuries.  The Boston Globe

Editor's Note
Drawing from Tibetan medical teachings, KNOWLEDGE OF HEALING aims to widen viewers' knowledge of non-western medicine. The program provides a brief history of Tibetan medical practices, and shows how Tibetan ideas about health have evolved in the years since they were first documented in the 12th century. The program also outlines the positive benefits of the Tibetan methods of healing, and shows how viewers can incorporate these ideas into their lives.


Video Features DVD, English, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: First Run Features
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/20/2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 911764D
Video UPC UPC: 00720229911764
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Franz Reichle - Director
Video Cast Info Franz Reichle - Writer

Professional Reviews

Boston Phoenix 8 of 10
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. - Peg Aloi

San Francisco Chronicle 8 of 10
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. - Peter Stack

The New York Times 7 of 10
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. - Stephen Holden

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Bstan-Dzin-Rgya-Mtsh
Product attributeLabel:   First Run Feature
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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