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A Tibetan doctor's story

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08-16-2018 17:37 BJT

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Editor’s forward: "Looking China" International Youth Film Project is co-organized by the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture (AICCC), Beijing Normal University and Huilin Foundation. The program focuses on the young participants’ personal experiences of Chinese culture and encourages them to discover and tell Chinese stories from their own perspectives.

As of the year 2018, students from 35 countries were invited to participate in the "Looking China" project. They were stationed in 11 municipalities, provinces and autonomous region here in China. Every filmmaker has worked out a 10-minute short film about Chinese culture around the topic of "Ecology, Biology, Lifeology."


Tibetan medicine is a centuries-old medical system in which natural materials such as herbs and minerals are used to treat illness, which has a complicated approach to diagnosis, employing techniques such as urinalysis and pulse analysis.

The movie "Blessed Earth" directed by Hannah Moore tells a story about Coba and Duojie Pengcuo who are Tibetan doctors living in Qinghai province, China.

Coba treats nearly 500 to 600, sometimes 1000 patients every year. He thinks western chemical drugs are harmful for the human body, but Tibetan medicines have few side-effects. From the perspective of Tibetan medicine, in order to stay healthy, people should chant frequently and keep their mood up, at the same time, exercises should be done regularly. He believes a positive mind can help people stay healthy.

Tibetans believe karma, so when they get herbs, they don't move grass around it. Coba said "Without nature, there would have been no Tibetan medicine. Tibetans believe that everything in the world is alive. If we take what we don't need, it will have consequences."

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