Sum Ikh-Uul, Mongolia (02:26)
Bernard Fontanille drives for several hours before meeting breeder and traditional doctor Pujii Choisuren. Choisuren treats people in his yurt.
Mongolian Medicine (03:27)
Choisuren examines a patient and diagnoses an imbalance in her kidneys. He performs massage to improve circulation and pulse. Choisuren explains the role of fingers in diagnostics.
Thermal Cure (02:32)
Choisuren and his family live in a yurt in a valley. A natural spring nearby provides therapeutic benefits. Fontanille lets the water flow over his head.
Traditional Medicine (02:26)
Public hospitals are rare and most Mongolians cannot afford private institutions. Patients travel to see Choisuren for traditional treatments. Choisuren treats a man with high blood pressure; he will need to perform a bloodletting.
Traditional Doctor (02:14)
Medicinal plants are a pillar of Mongolian medicine; some shamans use plants for visions. Choisuren began having visions at the age of six.
Goat Breeder and Doctor (03:26)
Fontanille accompanies Choisuren as he tends to his herd; they are his main source of income. Choisuren reflects on caring for patients who are dying; sometimes he calls the spirit.
Preference for Traditional Medicine (04:17)
Choisuren's daughter Otgonhishig (Gonishi) and Fontanille examine a patient and compare their findings to Choisuren's. The patient explains why he prefers traditional medicine to Western medicine. Choisuren gives Fontanille a therapeutic massage; Chosiuren became a doctor to "feel alive."
Synthesis of Medicine (04:07)
Fontanille says goodbye to Choisuren who gives him a log for good luck. Fontanille travels to Mörön where Gonishi works and studies in a small traditional hospital. She discusses combining traditional and modern medicine.
Credits: Mongolia: Beyond The Steppes—World Medicine (00:30)
Credits: Mongolia: Beyond The Steppes—World Medicine
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