Many people are seeking the health benefits can come from regular yoga practice. Yet the sheer variety of yoga styles—traditional and modern--now available can be bewildering for patients and clinicians alike. Amber Vitse, a veteran yoga/Ayurveda practitioner, outlines key distinctions between popular styles & shares insight on how to match the right style to each person's needs and conditions.
With the growing popularity of Ayurveda worldwide, an many people are discovering the herbs that play essential roles in this millennia-old system of healing. Herbalist Omar Cruz reviews the properties & benefits of six of the most commonly used Ayurvedic plant medicines.
Over the last decade, yoga has emerged as a favored adjunctive modality at cancer centers across the country. Studies presented at the Society of Integrative Oncology’s annual meeting show that carefully tailored yoga programs can reduce anxiety, improve sleep, reduce the need for meds, and improve flexibility.
There are more than 30 institutions in the US offering professional training in Ayurvedic medicine. But since Ayurveda is not yet established as a recognized and regulated health care discipline in this country, there is not yet a standardized credentialing system.
Ayurveda, India’s 4,000 year-old “science of life” is quietly but steadily moving out of the margins and toward the forefront of modern health care. Advocates say it has the potential to remedy much that has gone wrong in American medicine.
The potential dangers associated with traditional Chinese botanical medicine are highly overstated in the media, said Michael Arnold, MD, a physician and Chinese medicine practitioner. When used properly under guidance of a qualified practitioner, TCM herbs are quite safe and effective. Failure to properly understand the complexities of Chinese herbal science, and overt misuse of certain herbs like ephedra, are the real dangers.
The principles of Tibetan traditional medicine hold that just as the physical body has a digestive system for food, the mental-emotional "body" has a digestive system to process information and emotions. This system, known as the Purusa, plays a key role in health and illness, explains Vladimir Badmaev, MD, an expert on Tibetan medicine.
Kampo is a form of Japanese botanical medicine that has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Kampo formulas are widely used by medical doctors in Japan, and recently, a Japanese herbal medicine company called Honso introduced Sho-Saiko-to, a formula for liver disorders, and a whole series of Kampo formulas, into the US.