Ancient Medicinal Mushroom Improves Renal Function

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

The Poria fungus–little known in the West but long-used in traditional Asian mediicne–has recently attracted the attention of health researchers and practitioners. Compounds in this unique mushroom have particularly positive effects on the kidney.

Yoga Improves Muscle Pain, Memory Problems in Cancer Survivors

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer

Two new studies of an innovative yoga program specifically designed for cancer survivors add to existing data showing that yoga can improve sleep, reduce “chemo-fog” and ameliorate a variety of chronic problems that often follow conventional cancer care.

Ayurvedic Tips for Staying Balanced in a Medical Life

By Amber Lynn Vitse - Vol. 13, No. 2. , 2012

it is no big secret that many health care professionals put their own health far down on their priority list. The culture of medicine puts enormous pressures on practitioners, and in many ways, fosters unhealthy imbalances. Ayurvedic medicine is an excellent place to look for wisdom on rediscovering balance in a fast-paced medical life.

A Field Guide to Yoga Styles

By Amber Lynn Vitse, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 1. , 2012

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.

Six Ayurvedic Herbs Every Doctor Should Know

By Omar Cruz - Vol. 12, No. 2. , 2011

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.


Once Considered “Fringe,” Yoga Enters Mainstream Cancer Care

By August West / Contributing Writer - Vol. 12, No. 1. , 2011

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.

Ayurvedic Credentialling

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 12, No. 1. , 2011

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.

Tibetan Study Had Roots in Personal Experience

By Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. , 2001

UCSF’s landmark study of Tibetan herbal medicine in the treatment of breast cancer had its roots in one woman’s personal struggle with the disease. When UCSF cytogeneticist, Helene Smith, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she turned to the services of Yeshi Dhonden, a Tibetan Buddhist physician, and one of the major exponents of Tibetan medical traditions.

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A Guide to Hispanic Healing Herbs

By Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. , 2001

Latin Americans use a wide range of herbal medicines that are not as common in other cultural communities. Cumin, Sage, Rue, Wormwood, and Chamomile are especially common. Drs. Jose Loera and Victor Sierpina, who have been studying patterns of herbal medicine use in Hispanic communities, are at work on a textbook to educate physicians about the most commonly used herbs in Latin American communities.