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. 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.
What the Critics are Saying
“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
“Information packed and absorbing.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“An invitation to examine a useful alternative approach to the human body and its mechanisms.” – The New York Times
“There’s something both delightful and comforting in the way life among the Tibetans is portrayed, with its precision, serenity and traditions. A filmic antidote to angst!” – NY Newsday
- Interview with the 14th Dalai Lama
- Interview with Dr. Tenzin Choedrak
- Musical Performance with Sacred Instruments
- Timeline of Tibetan Medicine
- Trailer Gallery
- 1 DVD
- Approx. 89 min.