Traditions

Tibetan Medicine—Information Is Food: Reckoning with the Mental-Emotional Digestive System

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 1. April, 2002

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: Japan's Herbal Tradition Emerges in US

By Meg Jordan, PhD, RN | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 2. June, 2002

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.

The Staff of Aesculapius and the Medicine Wheel: Managing Diabetes on a Pima Reservation

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 3. July, 2003

Few American communities have been as hard-hit by diabetes as the Native American communities in the Southwest, where Type-2 diabetes affects up to 50% of all adults. Don Warne, MD, an Oglala Lakota physician, approaches the problem with a combination of allopathic medicine and traditional healing practices aimed at addressing the spiritual, cultural and social factors that drive the epidemic.

Improving the Pancreas-Kidney Marriage: A Yogic View of Diabetes

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 3. July, 2003

Ayurvedic medicine and yoga view diabetes as the result of a poor marriage between the kidneys and the pancreas. This, like most illnesses, arises when organ systems are in disharmony. Bikram Choudhury, founder of the popular Bikram style of yoga, sees yoga as a way of entraining greater unity and accord among the organs.

Medical Aromatherapy Offers Safe, Patient-Friendly Tools to Treat Memory Impairment

By Kamyar Hedayat, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

Essential oils of Sage, Lavender, Rosemary and a number of other aromatic medicinal plants contain compounds that have direct stimulatory effects on memory formation, while at the same time helping to reduce stress, a major contributor to memory loss.

Intensive Essential Oil Therapy: Effective Treatment for Common Acute Infections

By Corinne Adrion-Israelsen | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. Winter, 2006

In the US, most people use aromatic essential oils for relaxation and other forms of aromatherapy. In France, they have a long history of internal use for the prevention and treatment of common infections. Corinne Andrion-Israelsen, who trained in the French tradition, explores the history and clinical application of plant essential oils.

The First Sickness Is Fear

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

According to Marilyn Youngbird, a Native American healer from North Dakota, fear is the root of most illnesses. Fear, guilt and self-judgment induce chemical changes in the mind and body that result in sickness. She and other Native American medicine people believe that healing the soul pain underneath the physical symptoms is the key to long-lasting health.

Revitalizing Your Office with Feng Shui

By Barry A. Sultanoff, MD - Vol. 1, No. 1. October, 2000

Many medical clinics are drab, joyless environments. But they don't have to be this way. Dr. Barry Sultanoff shows how the principles of Feng Shui, the Chinese art of environmental design, can be easily applied to health care settings, transforming them from sterile and depressing treatment rooms to energized healing spaces.

Tibetan Medicine in America: Ancient Roots, New Soil

By Gloria St. John | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Tibetan medicine is one of the world's oldest medical systems, providing insight into the ways consciousness and the physical body are inter-related. It has survived the tests of time, political upheaval, warfare and exile. Can it survive the American health care system?

Eskimos Discover Sat-Fats Grease the Wheels of Disease

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Heart disease and diabetes were virtually unheard-of among Alaskan Eskimos, until the 1970s, when they abandoned their hunting and fishing lifestyle, and their marine diet. They began eating a lot of processed foods and saturated fats, and living in more sedentary ways. Thirty years later, these diseases are rampant. Dr. Sven Ebbeson is working with Eskimo communities to reverse these deadly trends.