BHUTAN - A MEDICAL HERB PARADISE

BHUTAN – PARADISE OF HEALING PLANTS

Premiere: ARTE, Abenteuer Arte, Nov. 2005
Director: Peter Moers, Jörg Daniel Hissen
Camera: Peter Moers
Editor: Andreas Zerr
Duration: 43´30“ Min.

The small country Bhutan at the southern slopes of the Himalaya is the last Buddhist kingdom. The kings of the monks built massive monastic castles, the Dzongs, in support of their fertile country, the country of the healing plants. And they created a unique system of rules for the Dhungzos, their doctors.

When in 1967 the modern, western oriented mainstream medicine was introduced in Bhutan, this system of rules remained as traditional healing doctrine of the country part of the state health system.

We observed the production of the healers which can consist of mixtures of high alpine plants, crystals and antlers. We climbed with ten pack horses the heights of the Himalaya: In Lingshi, a tiny mountain village at 4500 m, we got to know the herbal peasants and the rough Yak shephards - and they betrayed the finding place of their mysterious potency and energy remedy Corticeps to us - probably the most expensive healer of the world.