Shaolin Monks (01:49)
The monks have lived near Songshan Mountain for thousands of years. They created Kung-Fu, the practice of Zen, and a medical practice that adheres to Zen principles. Master Xingzhen is the Shaolin Temple's chief physician.
Traditional Treatments (02:41)
Xingzhen exercises every day and lives simply. He shows Bernard Fontanille plants used to treat diabetes and colds, and discusses how he gained herbal knowledge.
Medicinal Herbs (02:05)
Xingzhen gathers medicinal plants every day; some students from the Kung-Fu school apprentice with Xingzhen. He shows Fontanille one of the most widely used herbs in China and explains how to use it.
Herbal Knowledge (02:13)
Xingzhen locates an herb used to treat lung ailments and asthma; he has 108 recipes to treat 90 illnesses. Xingzhen learned many things from his grandfather and from monks in various temples.
Journey to Medicine (03:52)
Xingzhen explains an eating habit that is important in Shaolin medicine and reflects on becoming a physician. Xingzhen became an orphan at the age of nine and lived outside the Shaolin Temple. He spends a significant amount of time with the children at the temple.
Ancient Medicinal Technique (02:35)
Every morning before sunrise, monks gather in the temple for meditation. Xingzhen checks Fontanille's pulse and determines he has "fire in his stomach" and drools in his sleep; he will prepare an infusion.
Kung-Fu Injuries (02:50)
Students spend several hours a day training and injuries are frequent. A monk receives treatment to "free his joints" at Xingzhen's dispensary.
Shaolin Medicine (03:55)
Master Yanling runs the Shaolin Temple pharmacy and is a guardian of all the knowledge possessed by Shaolin physicians. Shaolin medicine is closely related to Buddhism; it combines medicine with psychology. Yanling explains how Kung-Fu compliments medicinal practices.
Shaolin Pharmacy (03:32)
Xingzhen treats a monk who experiences pain in his leg and discusses treating a fracture. Many students, including foreigners, study at the Shaolin Temple. An antique apothecary cabinet contains many medicinal herbs.
Credits: China I: The Medical Arts Of The Warrior Monks—World Medicine (00:19)
Credits: China I: The Medical Arts Of The Warrior Monks—World Medicine
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