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There has long been debate surrounding the application and effectiveness of popular alternative medicine treatments as compared to Western medicine. Recently, scientists successfully cloned human stem cells thanks to the help of sophisticated equipment and meticulous laboratory-style research. But as much of the focus of modern medicine has heavily centered on innovations in technology, you may be surprised to find that more than four billion people (65-80 percent of the world's population) rely on alternative medicine.

For an example of nontraditional medicine, consider yoga. Not only does this practice provides benefits like relaxation and an excuse to curl up on a mat, but it also helps control diabetes symptoms. This playlist illustrates common uses of holistic medicine and begs the question: Can nontraditional and Western medicines work together?

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Watch more How to Get Fit Fast videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/429894-How-to-Improve-Blood-Circulation Alternative medicine may help you improve your circulation, all without a prescription. Check out your options. Warning Consult your doctor before starting any regimen of alternative medical therapies. Step 1: Take alpha-lineolic acid Take alpha-lineolic acid. Alpha-lineolic acid is one variation of omega-3 fatty acid found in plants and fish oil, which has been shown to reduce inflammation, and combat heart disease. Step 2: Eat fruits and vegetables Eat a diet of fruits and veggies -- whole foods as medicine -- to improve your blood's consistency. Foods rich in vitamin B, like potatoes, chili peppers, lentils, and beans, are good for the blood. Tip Drink plenty of water -- dehydration will thicken blood and make the heart work harder. Step 3: Maintain vitamin C Maintain a high level of vitamin C, which increases nitric oxide used by the body to relax and dilate blood vessels. Sources include dark green vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, berries, and citrus fruits. Step 4: Reduce blood pressure Mix blond psyllium husk with your food, sometimes used as a thickener for frozen dairy desserts or to soften stools. Taken orally, blond psyllium can reduce total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein, as well as lower blood pressure. Step 5: Include garlic Include garlic in your diet, for its compounds that work as effective suppressants on blood cholesterol, a kind of blood thinner. The wonder herb is a broad-spectrum antibacterial and antifungal agent, too. Step 6: Load up coenzyme Q10 Load up on coenzyme Q10, which helps regulate the heart's beating and the body's circulation. Use alternative medicine through food-based products whenever you can and worry less about drug interactions. Did You Know? As of 2010, the American Heart Association reported that peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects almost eight million in the U.S.
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There is much room for bringing Eastern approaches into Western medicine. Question: Should Western and Eastern medicine be more integrated?   Steven Castellano: Yeah, definitely I mean, there are few differences that I see right now. Eastern medicines is more focus on just regulating the body and keeping you healthy and boosting your immune system sort of thing and western medicine is definitely more like focus 3 months you have like medications, antibiotics therefore targeting specific types of illnesses and helping you recover from them so I mean, that's the key difference I see at this point in time and I think both of them should be used. I think that natural treatments boost immune systems are definitely good. Acupressure could be good for more types of chronic pain. It's been shown to help and as I said, with the tension that was my research so I definitely think they could be integrated and also like the theories behind them people say eastern medicine hasn't been scientifically investigated. So that's my goal to kind of scientifically investigate it and see how it is effective and if you look at the theories behind them I said there's chi going through the body point eastern theory and you're trying to regulate that but then it's been shown that the acupressure points are located at points in the body where there is low electrical resistance so it's conductive areas where you can easily send an electrical signal throughout the body. So in that sense, there is some electrical energy through out the body. There is an electrical charge differences between blood in the arteries, blood in the veins so. So really chi could just be another form and eastern form for electricity that they had way back before electricity like was formally discovered and I think that there is a definite relationship between the 2 that and they should connect more or so then than they are in present. I think its hard word to define. It's generally just like a sense of balance I feel it's an internal energy source that easterners kind of prefer to, so when they say chi it's just I guess they mean like energy in the body. It's a more spiritual term I feel. So I guess that would be my general list definition for it.   Recorded on: May 08, 2009
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Watch more How to Do Reflexology videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/501519-6-Tools-You-Need-to-Do-Reflexology-Reflexology Learn about reflexology from certified reflexologist Chantel C. Lucier in this Howcast video. So, what is reflexology. Reflexology is both an ancient art and science as well as a modern day practice. How it works, there are reflexes in your feet and your hands, your ears and your face that correspond to every part of your body. So by applying pressure to these points, we are sending the message through the body for the corresponding organ, or gland or part of the body to relax. You can think of it almost like a map, there’s a map of the body in your feet or in your hands or your ears. So, we are stimulating pressure specifically on points and specifically on all points. Reflexology is really great for stress reduction, it’s really great for getting everything kind of circulating again. We’re assisting in helping in the nutrients and oxygen go to all the cells in the body. Also, you know, the body is very intelligent and it knows how to heal itself, but it needs to be in a place of balance to do so. Reflexology helps in that process, kind of brings it back to that place of homeostasis so that it can heal.
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Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/10/22/Deepak_Chopra_How_to_Create_a_New_Self Author and spiritual guru Deepak Chopra remembers his first spiritual experience with LSD at 17, and discusses various cultural uses of hallucinogenic drugs to achieve enlightenment. He touches on ritualistic drug use in Native American, Aborigine, and Indian religious traditions. ----- "You can't change the body without changing the self, and you can't change the self without bringing in the soul," says Deepak Chopra, a renowned pioneer in holistic medicine. Chopra believes the highest choice is to reinvent your body and resurrect your soul. He discusses aging, the many lifestyle diseases he says are the result of the steady loss of energy inside the body, and how awareness can reverse the process. From early childhood, each of us has been inventing our body, through beliefs, habits, conditioning, and our mental responses to everyday stress. We've done this unconsciously, and may now feel dissatisfaction on all levels: body, mind and spirit. Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul offers three keys to creating the self you desire: the soul shift, the subtle action, and the core participation. Chopra's message is that your highest vision of yourself can be turned into physical reality. - Commonwealth Club of California Deepak Chopra is the author of more than fifty books translated into more than thirty-five languages. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. He is founder and president of the Alliance for a New Humanity. Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as "the poetprophet of alternative medicine."
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Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/07/03/The_Human_Side_of_Medicine Pathfinders Founder Tina Staley explains the goals of her organization, a health care non-profit that advocates combining western medicine with eastern philosophy and holistic treatments. ----- White House Health Care policy adviser and NIH scientist Ezekiel Emanuel discusses high touch medicine with Royal Philips Electronics CEO Gerard Kleisterlee, and Pathfinders founder and director Tina Staley as part of the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival. - Aspen Institute Tina Staley, LCSW, is Founder and Director of Pathfinders, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the experience of illness, healthcare, and healing for all cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.
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Watch more Learn about Acupressure videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/180385-How-to-Relieve-Insomnia-with-Acupressure Don't suffer through one more bout of period pain. Instead, try this trick from the ancient Chinese healing art acupressure. Warning If you feel pain when using acupressure, stop immediately. Pregnant women should not use acupressure. Step 1: Find the sweet spot Find the acupressure spot SP-6, called the Sanyinjiao point. Located four finger widths above your inner ankle bone, just behind the shinbone, it helps relax the cervix, according to Chinese medicine. Tip If you feel pain when you press down, you're on the wrong spot. Step 2: Press it with your thumb Take your thumb and press on the point for six seconds, then release it for two seconds. Keep this up for five minutes. Step 3: Switch feet Switch to the other leg and repeat. Step 4: Repeat Repeat once more on each leg. Tip This acupressure move can also help new mothers deal with the cramps they experience for several days after giving birth. Step 5: Feel good Feel good knowing you have a powerful new weapon against menstrual cramps. Did You Know? In one study, 87 percent of participants who tried acupressure to relieve their menstrual cramps said they found it helpful.
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Watch more How to Give a Shiatsu Massage videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/508186-Health-Problems-Helped-by-Massage-Shiatsu-Massage Learn what a shiatsu massage is from shiatsu practitioner Shandoah Goldman in this Howcast video. Shiatsu is an ancient healing art that we borrow from Japan. It's based on the meridian system of energy. So these are pathways that run throughout the body similar to acupuncture. It's older than acupuncture and came before needles were invented. Shiatsu actually means "finger pressure" in Japanese and finger pressure is a big part of the work, as well as applying pressure with the palms and elbows, and knees and feet to free up the energy flow and create as much balance as possible. Shiatsu is traditionally done on the floor. It involves stretching, gentle manipulations and pressure points. Shiatsu is useful for anything going on in the body from something internally out of balance to something externally, such as pain, discomfort. When we think of balance, the body is constantly striving to come into balance and this is a fluxes state. We're never always in balance. So, Shiatsu helps to bring us back and come back to this neutral sense of healing. It's really looking at the body in the sense of a holistic picture. So rather than targeting one thing and sending all of our focus there we're looking at the whole story; internally, externally, the cause of what's going on and bringing the body out of balance, and working with each person individually to bring them back to a greater sense of balance and awareness.
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16:9 shows you how some people are turning to alternate methods when their sickness can't be explained by traditional medicine. Jennifer Tryon reports.
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The Use of Yoga in Indian Healing Traditions in this free alternative lifestyle video. Expert: Eileen Dey Contact: www.reikitrainingprogram.com Bio: Eileen Dey, M.A. is the founder/director of the only vocational school of Reiki that is licensed by the state of WA. She is also the founding member of www.reikifellowship. Filmmaker: Daron Stetner
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Watch more How to Understand Schizophrenia videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/512802-Schizophrenia-and-Life-Expectancy-Schizophrenia Learn about nutritional therapy and other alternate treatments for schizophrenia from psychiatrist Jeanie Tse in this Howcast video. There have definitely been a lot of different alternate and nutritional treatments tried for schizophrenia, but none have been shown to be effective in treating the positive and negative symptoms of the disorder reliably. And so, those are delusions and give people false beliefs about things that are happening to them, including paranoid delusions, hallucinations, experiences of hearing or seeing things that other people don't hear or see, disorganized behavior or thought, and negative symptoms, so lack of motivation and lack of effective response or emotion. And so, with those symptoms, really, until the 1950s when we started introducing anti-psychotic drugs, people tried a lot of different things but found nothing that actually helped people to reduce these symptoms. And people were often institutionalized, and anti-psychotic medicines really did help people to leave institutional settings and have the chance to attain healthy, productive lives. That being said, anti-psychotic medications are important, psychotherapy is very important, but eating healthy is still really, really important. Healthy activity, physical activity, as well, is important for people with schizophrenia. It helps to reduce negative and positive symptoms and reduces the risk of an early death due to heart disease and lung disease as well. And so, eating a diet that includes all food groups, especially vegetables, which is probably the most neglected food group, and eating meals at regular times. Eating healthy portions of food are all really important to managing the illness. But, unfortunately, there has been interest in things like ginkgo biloba for schizophrenia. None of that has really helped through the rigorous research trials that we use to examine effectiveness.