The Knowledge Of Healing

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Documentary

Fascinating stuff. Franz Reichle's documentary about the wonders of Tibetan medicine makes a compelling argument for the integration of Eastern approaches to healing with Western medicine, while throwing the destruction of Tibetan culture and human rights at the hands of the Chinese into painful relief. Reichle's camera follows Dr. Tenzin Choedrak (physician...read more

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Fascinating stuff. Franz Reichle's documentary about the wonders of Tibetan medicine makes a compelling argument for the integration of Eastern approaches to healing with Western medicine, while throwing the destruction of Tibetan culture and human rights at the hands

of the Chinese into painful relief. Reichle's camera follows Dr. Tenzin Choedrak (physician to the Dalai Lama, who also makes an appearance) and Chimit-Dorzhi Dugarov, two Tibetan physicians who employ a 2,000-year-old art of healing that incorporates traditional medicine with the doctrines of

Buddhism, utilizing the curative powers of herbs, roots and fruits while situating the body and its ailments within a larger cosmic scheme. The techniques and their results are truly remarkable. But then it's off to Europe, where various Western medical researchers investigate why Tibetan medicine

has proved so effective, and this otherwise engaging film temporarily grinds to a mind-numbing halt. If you think a discussion about quantums and light emissions sounds dull, try reading it from subtitles. The film takes an unexpectedly emotional turn, however, once the filmmakers return to the

Tibetan doctors and their patients: A Buddhist nun suffering from severe nerve damage tells her doctor of her rape and savage beating by her Chinese captors. Her testimony is outrageous and heartbreaking, and does far more to further the cause of Tibetan freedom than any overbaked Hollywood

epic.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
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