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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates









From Asian to Native American medicine systems, SocialStory takes a look at five traditional systems deemed to benefit people.

Alternative medicine systems were the order of the day way before modern-day medicines gained popularity across the world. 

Ayurveda — which originated in the Indian subcontinent — is believed to be over 3,000 years old. The word is a portmanteau of Ayus (life) and Veda (science) — which translates to the ‘science of life’. 

Ayurveda takes a comprehensive approach via herbs, exercise, meditation, massage, exposure to sunlight, and controlled breathing to keep the body, mind, and spirit in balance. 

People use this treatment to cure several ailments, including diabetes and heart and neurological ailments. 

While skepticism surrounds the benefits of alternative medicine, people across the globe still choose traditional systems for holistic healing. 

From Asian to Native American medicine systems, SocialStory takes a look at five traditional systems deemed to benefit people. 


With origins in Europe, naturopathy diagnoses ailments as an indication that the body’s natural ability to heal itself is compromised. It goes beyond treating the ailment to restoring the natural processes by which the body heals itself.

Naturopathy, which translates to ‘nature disease’, is practiced throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the US. 

In North America, naturopathic practices are based on six principles, including nature’s healing power, identifying and treating the disease, the concept of "do no harm", seeing the doctor as a teacher, the holistic treatment of an individual, and prevention. 

The holistic system combines alternative systems like homoeopathy, acupuncture, and herbal medicine, and the often use of more modern practices like bio-resonance, ozone therapy, and colonic irrigation.

Acupuncture is derived from ancient Chinese medicine and is based on the release of energy in the body


Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine, where fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.

The practice involves the stimulation of subcutaneous sensory nerves and the muscles, which leads to the body producing natural stimulants such as pain-relieving endorphins.  

Practitioners and patients believe the use of acupuncture is energy or "Qi" (pronounced Chi that flows through channels called meridians in the body), and illness is caused when the Qi is not allowed to flow freely through the body. 

The release of Qi leads to the restoration of good health. Acupuncture is believed to provide relief from chronic pain, tension-related migraines, and headaches. Besides, it is used in the treatment of joint pain, toothaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and infertility. 
Most people say the treatment causes little to no pain, with only a slight soreness after the session.


Unani medicine or Tibb is a traditional Arabian system that can be traced back to the texts of ancient Greek physicians like Hippocrates and Galen, later refined by Arab physicians like Avicenna.

Unani medicine is based on achieving harmony and balance between the body, mind, and the soul. The system believes a healthy body has a balance between seven principles — arkan (elements), mizaj (temperament), akhlat (bodily humour), aaza (organs and systems), arwah (vital spirit), quwa (faculties or powers), and afaal (functions). 

The treatment involves balancing external factors, for example, air, water, and food involved in ailments and diseases. If this fails, treatment with natural medicines is prescribed, and diet also forms a significant part of the system. 

Tibetan Medicine

Tibetan medicine or Sowa Rigpa (the science of healing) is an ancient healing practice from Tibet based on the principle that the basic purpose in life is happiness.

Practitioners analyze the patient’s unique inborn nature or constitution and recommend supportive lifestyle choices. The system goes to the source of the problem to help achieve health by striking a balance. It believes the mind is the source of suffering, and a healthy mind will lead to a healthy body. 

Based on the “Four Tantras” that keep the three bodily humours — wind rlung, bile mkhris pa, and phlegm bad kan — in balance, these tantras are —

Root Tantra: Uses visual observation to diagnose predominantly the pulse, tongue, and urine 
Exegetical Tantra: Deals with subjects such as physiology, anatomy, embryology, psychopathology, and treatment
Instructional Tantra: This is the longest of the tantras, which describes illnesses that cause humoral imbalance and how to treat them 
Subsequent Tantra: Describes diagnosis and therapies, how the medicines should be prepared, how the body is cleansed through massages, moxibustion (burning mugwort on points of the body), and even minor surgeries

Tibetan medicine treats an individual based on their nature and constitution

Japanese Medicine

Japanese or Kampo medicine system is over 1500-years-old and has its roots in Chinese medicine. Based on herbal formulations, Japanese medicine has around 148 Kampo formulas, officially approved as prescription drugs. 

In fact, some doctors use Kampo medicine with chemotherapy in cancer treatment. It is a popular choice for people with gastrointestinal tract disorders and inflammatory bowel diseases. Kampo also prescribes acupuncture and moxibustion but relies primarily on herbal formulas. 

During the Meiji period in the 19th century, the system witnessed a decline with rapid modernization. But in 2006, it witnessed a revival when the Japanese Board of Medical Specialties appointed the member physicians of the Japan Society of Oriental Medicine (JSOM) as Kampo specialists. 

Moreover, several universities have begun research in Kampo medicine.




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Black pepper, spinach and other common foods can assist in appetite control, helping you stay on a natural path toward health and wellness.

Being overweight or obese is the result of a complex set of interactions among genetic, behavioral and environmental factors. And despite the seemingly countless weight loss diets, strategies, potions and devices offered to Americans today, it's important to know that healthy weight loss entails comprehensive lifestyle changes, including a balanced diet.

As part of a natural strategy, you may explore a range of natural herbs, spices and foodstuffs to suppress or control your appetite in a risk-free way, versus taking appetite suppressant pills that typically come with nasty side effects.

1. Black Pepper

Piper nigrum, commonly known as black pepper, is a highly reputed herb in the traditional Indian medicinal system of Ayurveda. Much of its benefit comes from the component piperine, a bioavailability enhancer and a potential obesity fighter. Pungent spices like black pepper are also appetite-suppressing.

A 2018 study put this to the test, evaluating whether the consumption of a black pepper-based beverage would affect appetite sensations, postprandial glucose levels, gut hormones, thyroid function and gastrointestinal health after eating a white wheat bread "challenge" meal with 50 grams (g) of carbs.

In the study involving 16 healthy subjects, the researchers concluded that the black pepper beverage might be beneficial for modulating appetite. According to the study, the beverage modulated appetite by reducing hunger, desire to eat and "prospective consumption," while increasing satiety and fullness.

2. Spinach

A long-term human study from Lund University in Sweden found that a spinach extract containing green leaf membranes known as thylakoids reduced hedonic hunger by up to 95%, as well as increased weight loss at 43%.

Hedonic hunger is the craving that people have for unhealthy foods such as sweets or junk food. In the study, thylakoids reinforced the production of satiety hormones in the body, leading to better appetite control and increased weight loss.

"Our analyses show that having a drink containing thylakoids before breakfast reduces cravings and keeps you feeling more satisfied all day," said Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson, author and professor at Lund University.

In an animal study, authors evaluated the appetite-suppressing effect of a flavonoid-rich extract of spinach leaf. Spinach demonstrated a promising effect by inducing a quicker-than-normal release of cholecystokinin, a short-term satiety signal. This may be due to the high flavonoid content, they added.

3. Fennel

Fennel, which belongs to the Apiaceae family, is an ancient medicinal plant with known antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. An animal study on fennel's effect on body weight, feed intake food efficiency rate and serum leptin showed it could reduce the rate of food efficiency -- or the percent of food intake stored as fat -- in the subjects.

In research among overweight women in South Korea, nine healthy subjects were given fennel tea, fenugreek tea or placebo tea, then provided with a lunch buffet, after which their food consumption was analyzed. The researchers then measured subjective appetite, hunger, fullness, desire to eat and prospective food intake.

Drinking the fennel and fenugreek teas significantly aided in suppressing subjective appetite among the participants. Compared with placebo, fennel tea translated to less hunger and prospective food intake as well as greater feelings of fullness.

4. Flaxseed

A food and fiber crop rich in dietary fiber and omega-3 fats, flaxseed is also widely explored for appetite suppression.

In two randomized studies with 24 and 20 subjects each, a small dose of flaxseed fiber substantially suppressed appetite along with energy intake. Administered as drinks or tablets, flaxseed fiber produced similar responses.

In a separate study, four different meals were tested in 18 young men in a double-blind study. Test meals were served after an overnight fast, with flaxseeds in varying forms as the fiber source. The findings suggested that flaxseed fiber may suppress postprandial lipemia, the rise in blood triglycerides after eating, as well as appetite. Subsequent energy intake, however, was not affected.

5. Yogurt

A fermented milk product viewed as an essential food and nutrient source, recent clinical evidence suggests yogurt is involved in controlling body weight, therefore helping reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes.

Factors at work include yogurt's unique composition, including its lactic acid bacteria, which may affect gut microbiota. Yogurt intake may lead to increased body fat loss, decreased food intake, increased satiety and altered gut hormone response.

"The relative energy and nutrient content and contribution of a standard portion of yogurt to the overall diet suggest that the percentage daily intake of these nutrients largely contributes to nutrient requirements and provides a strong contribution to the regulation of energy metabolism," the authors explained.

By Alexandra Engler

Beauty is not frivolous: It is a vital part of well-being. So when you look at yourself and you look good, you feel better," says Ava Shamban, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and founder of the medspa SkinFive.

Shamban is known for her all-natural-looking work—not to mention her appreciation for addressing holistic lifestyle factors that influence skin aging as well. This week she joined me on Clean Beauty School to discuss in-office treatments and prejuvenation tips. (So while we appreciate a holistic approach to skin care and aging around here, I also know that many people are still interested in what their options are as far as the derm's office goes—this episode is for you.)

Tune in to learn about the latest technologies, how to identify your signature feature, and making sure your treatments look natural. And in the meantime, here are three lifestyle habits to adopt to improve how your skin ages—straight from Shamban: 

1. Do the Basics

Listen, don't waste your time and money on in-office treatments if you're not going to bother with the baseline healthy aging skin care steps and do them consistently. And if that sounds like strict skin care advice, rest assured that when we mean basic, we mean minimal steps. 

"The basics are going to be protecting your skin with an SPF and using a product in the retinoid category, if you can tolerate it," she says. "That's the most effective form of skin care." Beyond that, you can fold in other glow-enhancing ingredients. Her favorites: "Peptides, hyaluronic acid, and of course, antioxidants, like a vitamin C."

2. Exercise

Moving your body regularly is a vital part of helping your body age better—skin included. "Exercise improves mitochondrial function in the skin, which also helps keep the skin young," she says.

The research confirms this. In fact, one study found that participants carrying out interval training showed a 49% increase in mitochondrial capacity in younger participants and an impressive 69% increase in older participants. 

3. Eat Well

"You can never discount nutrition. Nutrition is so important," she stresses. "So stay away from highly processed foods, as they turn into sugar. Then look for whole grains, vegetables that you ideally purchase locally, like at the farmers market, as they have higher levels of nutrients in the fruits and vegetables."

About the Author: Alexandra Engler is the Beauty Director at mindbodygreen. She received her journalism degree from Marquette University, graduating first in the department. She has worked at many top publications and brands including Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, SELF, and Cosmopolitan; her byline has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and In her current role, she covers all the latest trends and updates in the clean and natural beauty space, as well as travel, financial wellness, and parenting. She has reported on the intricacies of product formulations, the diversification of the beauty industry, and and in-depth look on how to treat acne from the inside, out (after a decade-long struggle with the skin condition herself). She lives in Brookly, New York


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