|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.
"A captivating documentary about the intricate and fascinating medical procedures Tibetans have practriced for centuries. The Boston Globe
Editor's NoteDrawing 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.
|Franz Reichle - Director|
|Franz Reichle - Writer|