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Medical Tourism Escalates: Sets Sights On Holistic Medicine

Medical Tourism Escalates

medical tourism escalatesAs more American consumers become involved in their health decisions, there has been an uptick in medical tourism. One example is the increased traffic to Indian destinations where consumers can engage in Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine. Some make the trip because they suffer from an illness while other go in order to stay health through Ayurveda’s holistic approach. As the world continues to shrink and consumer minds continue to open, signs are that medical tourism escalates.

The world’s medical tourism industry so far has been undervalued while its worth is around US$500 billion, with an expected annual growth rate of up to 25% within the forthcoming 10 years. This market trend has begun a strong and consolidated growth, and by 2025 it could be worth up to US$3 trillion.The figures are based on a report published by VISA and Oxford Economics 2017.

Among the main destinations proposed to medical tourism seekers is the Indian Sub-continent which is prevailing because of its low-cost value-added services, high-quality assistance, and the wide selection of treatments based on Ayurveda’s ancient medical treatments.

Dating back to 5,000 years, Ayurveda is among the oldest holistic medicines in the world, as certified by the “Science of Life.”

Its healing power is widely considered the oldest form of curative medicine, the answer to almost all the disturbances known to mankind. Known to help to prevent diseases, maintain good health, and to guarantee a true balance between man, body and nature.

Ayurvedic medicines and supplements are made up of natural substances, free of side effects, iincluding physical or psychological dependence. They re-integrate the energy system of the body, relieving pains and mental stress.

To view the original article please see: Medical tourism escalates: Sets sights on holistic medicine – eTurboNews (eTN)

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Life Changes Lifestyle– Ayurvedic Supplements for Menopause: Do They Work?

Life Changes Lifestyle

Life Changes LifestyleMany women contemplate that phase of Life when they undergo “The Change”. Menopause is natural, if inconvenient and sometimes unpleasant. As with many conditions, how we choose to address menopause matters greatly. Quite simply, life changes lifestyle. What we did at age 10 is different from age 20 and is different from age 50 or 60 or 70. As we change, so must our lifestyles.

This does NOT mean “slow down”, “sit in a rocking chair”, “wait for the end”. It means listening to Life and mindfully adjusting your lifestyle decisions, much like the Tai Chi master listens to her opponent before letting an incoming punch dissipate harmlessly into an empty space. When we listen and act in concert with our bodies, minds, spirits then well-being is easier to maintain… regardless of chronological age. When life changes lifestyle, it is up to us to engage or hide.

What my mom had always lamented as “the change of life” was now in full force in me. I wanted relief, but I also became interested in the nature of aging and looking at different modalities to ease its effects. I sought out approaches ranging from traditional Western medicine to acupuncture to Ayurveda.

Ayurvedic medicine, as practiced in India, is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. The term Ayurveda combines the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge).

When I discussed my mid-life concerns with an Ayurvedic doctor, he suggested I make some lifestyle changes including drinking a special tea, going to bed earlier and embracing a healthy diet that included certain warm and nourishing foods. He also recommended an Ayurvedic supplement. After getting the OK from my primary care physician, I ordered the pills.

The supplement contained herbs including shatavari (a species of asparagus) and vidarikanda (a plant with tuberous roots). It offered to boost energy and stamina as well as lessen menopause symptoms, stabilize mood, and enhance cognitive skills.

I set out to try the plan for 30 days and keep a log. But things went downhill fast. Yes, I took the pills. But I was juggling multiple work projects and ended up getting less sleep than usual. I fell off the diet after two weeks, often forgot to drink the tea, and one night after midnight found myself consuming every snack and treat in the house left over from the holidays. I wondered, would the supplement still work on its own, or would this be an epic fail?

The results: By the end of the trial, I did feel a bit more energetic, and my hot flashes seemed less intense. But overall, the effects were subtle. It’s not you, it’s me, I thought, staring at the pill bottle.

Read the entire article: Ayurvedic Supplements for Menopause: Do They Work?

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AYUSH Medicines Booming In India

AYUSH Medicines Booming

AYUSH Medicines BoomingIndia boasts one of the oldest medical systems in the world, Ayurveda. Now India is investing in the renewed interest of its non-conventional medical systems, AYUSH (Ayurveda, Unani, Yoga, Naturopathy, Siddha, and Homeopathy). The new global interest has resulted in AYUSH medicines booming. This boom has attracted not only government investments but Indian entrepreneurs as well.

The systems of alternative medicines, mainly comprising the AYUSH streams (Ayurveda, Unani, Yoga, Naturopathy, Siddha, and Homeopathy), are fast gaining traction and popularity in India. The government, in the 2018 Union Budget, increased the allocation to the AYUSH Ministry, purposed with developing education and research in these areas of medicine, by more than 13 per cent to Rs 1,626.37 crore. Backed by strong government support there is a steady increase in graduate and postgraduate institutes for the study of AYUSH medicine. Central regulatory councils are also being established to create infrastructure and put in place a strong regulatory framework.

Increased awareness of these systems of medicine is creating a burgeoning demand across India and the world. AYUSH is a $10 billion market and is expected to grow to a $15 billion market by 2020. A range of startups is working to tap this market. While some of them are working to repackage medicines and formulas offered by Ayurveda and Homeopathy, others are offering preventive and holistic treatment through the same. Customers who have been failed by conventional medicines or have suffered side-effects are being driven to these alternate sources of healing.

Source: Alternative medicine is booming in India, and these 5 startups are leading the way

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How ghee, turmeric and aloe vera became India’s new instruments of soft power

Soft Power Revolution

It is not often that world leaders try to assert the value of traditional medicine but it may well be a sign of the times. Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has launched a soft power revolution to establish the “Indianness” of ayurveda, its ancient system of medicine.

India’s prime minister is planning a medicinal revolution — and it starts with ancient wisdom.

Many here believe that the West has plundered the country’s 3,000-year-old tradition of holistic healing to sell expensive aloe vera face creams or $6 cups of turmeric-flavored “golden milk.” Now Narendra Modi, ­India’s 67-year-old, yoga-loving leader, wants to reclaim — and capi­tal­ize on — those medical traditions, known as ayurveda.

Documented in ancient texts, ayurveda emphasizes prevention over cure and prescribes healthy living practices and herbal remedies.

Brands such as Aveda and Lush borrow from ayurveda to develop skin-care products, while trendy coffee shops and juice bars in American cities repackage India’s village remedies into turmeric lattes and ashwagandha smoothies. Food bloggers are raving about ghee.

“All over the world, a parallel movement is going on for traditional medicine,” said Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, secretary of Modi’s recently launched Ministry of AYUSH, an acronym for ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddha and homeopathy, all traditional practices. “India should lead, not just to earn money but also because it is our responsibility toward the world.”

Source: How ghee, turmeric and aloe vera became India’s new instruments of soft power – The Washington Post

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Most Popular Alternative Healing Therapies

Popular Alternative Healing Therapies

Popular Alternative Healing TherapiesTrying to stay healthy has been with us since the dawn of Humanity. Many popular alternative healing therapies have been around for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine like acupuncture and herbs started over 2,500 years ago. Ayurvedic Medicine started over 3,000 years ago in India. We exist at a great time because there are now more choices for health than ever. With education and awareness, these ancient therapies as well as modern gizmos and conventional allopathic medicine can all work together.

Alternative Healing Therapies are healing methodologies that differ from the usual line of treatment than that of a doctor. In other words therapeutic practices that are currently not considered as an integral part of conventional medical practice are classified as alternate healing therapies or alternate medicine. Many a times the benefits and healing abilities of these therapies are established through research, other times they may be unproven scientifically. With alternate healing therapies, healing, treatment and cure may be achieved through diet, self healing mechanism of the human body, various energies, herbal and other supplements and much more.

Over the last couple of decades there has been a renewed interest in holistic and natural and thus various therapies have found acceptance and are getting popular both in India and world over.

Source: Most Popular Alternative Healing Therapies | Business Standard News

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Indian Gooseberry Health Benefits

Indian gooseberry health benefits

Indian Gooseberry Health Benefits

We are, admittedly, latecomers to recognize Indian gooseberry health benefits. Luckily people like Dr. Michael Greger and the scientists behind the research he reviews are not. Based on Dr. Greger’s insightful articles / videos, we wanted to understand more about the Indian gooseberry, or Amla, and found this nice overview of Amla on Organic Facts to share with you.

The Indian Gooseberry belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family. This fruit ripens in the autumn in wet, forest, hilly areas on the Indian subcontinent and is considered as a sacred tree in India. The fruit is very nourishing, but it tastes sour. Both, dried and fresh fruits can be consumed for their respective health benefits.

It provides remedies for a lot of diseases and so it is widely used in Ayurvedic treatments. Gooseberry is very rich in vitamin C and contains many minerals and vitamins like calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, and vitamin B complex. It is also a powerful antioxidant agent.

Many health problems are caused by oxidative damage (when body cells use oxygen, they produce by-products called free radicals that can cause damage). Antioxidant agents prevent and repair these damages. Vitamin C is a good antioxidant agent, which makes gooseberries a powerful tool against a variety of conditions, including various types of cancer.

Source: 13 Amazing Benefits of Amla or Indian Gooseberry | Organic Facts

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Amla’s Benefits For Cholesterol And More

Amla’s Benefits

Amla's Benefits
Amla, the Indian Gooseberry

First, what is this “amla” thing and second what kind of benefits? Amla is simply a variety of gooseberry that is native to India. Amla’s benefits? Numerous!

Occasionally we bump into something new that has real health potential and we are excited to try it. Sometimes we hear great insights about a food or therapy from a notable source that reinforces what we know. This is a time when a respected healthcare professional, Michael Greger, M.D., spoke about amla!

“Medicinal plants are [said to be] nature’s gift to human beings to promote a disease free healthy life”—here in reference to amla, a fruit, the Indian gooseberry, described as an “Ayurvedic wonder.” You hear a lot of that larger-than-life talk about amla coming out of Indian medical journals. Who can forget “Amla…, a wonder berry in the treatment and prevention of cancer.” Amla is so revered that you find serious scientists, at serious academic institutions, in serious peer-reviewed medical journals, making statements like this: “[E]very part of the [Indian gooseberry] plant has its unique therapeutic characteristic for the remedy of almost all the ailments…[and] can be adopted as a [bold italic] single bullet [against disease].” Okay, then.

So, here’s this fruit that has enjoyed “a hallowed position in Ayurveda,” the ancient system of medicine in India—so hallowed that it was mythologically pegged as “the first tree…in the universe.” So, for thousands of years—before we even knew what an antioxidant was—they were revering this plant that just so happens to turn out to be the most antioxidant-packed fruit on the planet Earth. Okay, you got my attention. But, I still needed to see it put to the test.

Well, indigenous tribal healers used amla to treat diabetes. So, researchers decided to give it a try. This is the study that originally bowled me over. In fact, it was the subject of one of my first NutritionFacts videos over five years ago: the effect of amla fruit on the blood sugars and cholesterol levels of normal subjects and type 2 diabetic patients. In my video, I talked about the jaw-dropping effects of five cents’ worth of this powdered fruit— five pennies’ worth—compared to a diabetes drug. But, what about the cholesterol effects?

If you take healthy individuals and give them a placebo sugar pill, nothing much happens to their cholesterol. Ideally, we want our total cholesterol under 150. This was a pretty healthy group; the average cholesterol in the U.S. is over 200, which is where the diabetics started out in this study. And, when you give them placebo pills, nothing much happens either. But, give people just about a half-teaspoon of amla powder a day—not some extract or something, just dried Indian gooseberries, a powdered fruit, and this is what happens. That’s like a 35-45% drop in three weeks—absolutely astounding. That’s the kind of thing we see like six months after putting people on statin drugs.

Source:  The Best Food for High Cholesterol

Just a Taste of Amla

If you haven’t watched to Dr. Greger’s video (The Best Food for High Cholesterol) we highly recommend it! Amla’s benefits cover a range of chronic illnesses (as well as elephant flatulence and hair loss). Dr. Greger does a particularly good job of walking through various published studies that provide insights on amla. Yeah… we just ordered some!

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Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to 3 scientists who discovered genes that control the ‘body clock’

Nobel Body ClockNobel Body Clock Research

We never thought we would see a day when Body Clock research would win a Nobel Prize. It definitely should but still a surprise. It is especially odd to read press for a Nobel Prize in Medicine that contains language like “when our bodies should secrete hormones in harmony with the Earth’s revolutions” or “chronic misalignment between our lifestyle and the rhythm dictated by our inner timekeeper is associated with increased risk for various diseases.” This has been evident for millennia and science is catching up.

TheNobel Prize in Medicine today was awarded to 3 scientists—Jeffrey C. Hall, PhD; Michael Rosbash, PhD; and Michael W. Young, PhD—who collectively discovered the genes that control circadian rhythm, the “body clock” that tells us when to eat and sleep, and when our bodies should secrete hormones in harmony with the Earth’s revolutions.

While the work is groundbreaking in its own right—telling us everything from how the body’s metabolism runs to how we behave—the choice shows how the Nobel Committee always has one eye on current events. For the second straight year, the winning science has implications on chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, which are top concerns of the World Health Organization.

“Our well-being is affected when there is a temporary mismatch between our external environment and this internal biological clock; for example when we travel across several time zones and experience jet lag,” the statement from the institute said. “There are also indications that chronic misalignment between our lifestyle and the rhythm dictated by our inner timekeeper is associated with increased risk for various diseases.”

Source: Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to 3 scientists who discovered genes that control the ‘body clock’

Holistic Health — Rhythm and Balance

Traditional Chinese Medicine (and other healing art forms) has long incorporated a “clock” that divides the day based on how Qi is flowing through the body. Much like Circadian rhythm. In a holistic health approach, we must consider all aspects as we optimize health. This includes Time.

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Partners In Healing- Cancer survivor testifies to the ways of healing

Partners In Healing

Mary Katzke’s film explores the healing power of integrative medicine.  We originally prepared a title with “integrative medicine” for this article. However, as we reflected on Mary’s story we realized she has the right title… Partners in Healing. This isn’t about any medicine really. It is very much about partnerships, respect, even human kindness. Health is holistic.

Experiencing the stark contrast between my first visit to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and with my naturopathic practitioner is when I began this journey of integrative medicine.

The first thing I noticed in Western medicine is the donning of the uniform. The gown that is generically sized and designed, netting the immediate stripping away of individuality. Second is the room temperature: almost always cold. Sanitary disposable paper covering everything. Third is the clipboard with all the boxes to check  — again because even though you just did it in the lobby, the doctor doesn’t have time to read it. Fourth is the lack of any interest whatsoever in the “rest of my life.” Then begins the poking, prodding, cutting and burning and poisoning. All of which hurt, not just immediately but for a long time afterward.

On the other hand, my naturopath met me at the door wearing a sweater and holding a warm blanket that he wrapped me in before personally leading me to a living room setting where tea was waiting. We spent an hour talking. Not about disease but about who I am, what matters to me, both now and in the future. Then we eased into the medical realm. His offerings of Chinese herbs to build my immune system, a referral for reflexology for hormonal balance and relaxation, meditation, and dietary changes — all felt good. They felt healing. I left feeling like I mattered, more than like the ticket to an insurance bonanza the front desks in other places had felt. I’m not saying it was free but I am saying everything added to my well-being.

Source: Cancer survivor testifies to the ways of healing

 

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Holistic health care shift underway

Holistic health care shiftHolistic Health Care Shift

There is a holistic health care shift underway that is disrupting conventional medical care. In the early 1900’s the leading causes of death were infectious diseases. In this century, the leading causes of death are non-infectious chronic diseases. These illnesses, like heart disease, are often the result of our hectic lifestyles. Unfortunately, the medical community still focuses inside the clinic. Fortunately, consumers and a $3.7 trillion dollar industry focus on the whole person.

A new research report from Ogilvy’s Health & Wellness Practice points to a societal shift toward holistic healthcare “in a world where everyone is grappling with the stress of a 24/7 always-on culture.”

There’s plenty of doom and gloom to study, which notes that more than 2 billion people overweight; more than 80 percent of the world’s teens lean toward couch-potatodom; 11-hour workdays are boosting the risk of a heart attack by more than 60 percent; and stress and social media are both taking their own tolls on health.

And there are plenty of disconnects between the direction medicine is heading and what people are seeking to help themselves heal. Ever-increasing specialties in the medical field vie with patients’ quest for a more holistic approach, and the health care industry isn’t nimble enough to respond to this change in patients’ needs. People are searching in five major areas: radical compassion, mind and body becoming one, social fitness, somatic spaces and the convergence of health and technology.

Source: Holistic health care shift underway

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