The popularity in alternative and traditional systems of medicine has steadily grown over the years and one system that is constantly getting more recognition is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is not a single modality but encompasses various different to treating, curing and preventing disease. From herbal medicine to nutrition and a number of different physical therapies, Traditional Chinese Medicine has proven its value time and again.
Yoga has grown in popularity in the United States over the past 20 years. It is estimated that about 10% of American adults practice yoga for its health benefits, in terms of both mental and physical. Yoga not only improves your flexibility but also helps a person distress and even has some strength training benefits. Some people also practice yoga for keeping fit and slim.
Obesity is a growing epidemic across the globe, and it is not just an aesthetic issue. Directly and indirectly, obesity contributes to the leading causes of death in the United States, including heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. There is even sufficient research to link obesity to certain types of cancers. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH.gov), over two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. It is an epidemic like never seen before.
Aging is a consequence of life and now more than ever medical science is looking at ways to slow it down. This is not entirely for cosmetic reasons. Some sectors of the medical fraternity look at aging as a disease. It increases the risk of various conditions, from high blood pressure to weak bones and worn out joints, which many of us have come to accept as part of growing old. Factor in the wrinkles, sagging, drooping and flab and suddenly aging is anything but graceful.
Start talking about high blood pressure in a crowded room and you are sure to meet many people who are either living with the condition or have a direct relative or close friend suffering with it. High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the main health scourges that is afflicting mankind today. It affects about 1 in 5 Americans over the age of 20 years and usually does not cause any symptoms. You may have it and not even know it.
Diabetes is on the rise worldwide and it seems to be at epidemic levels in developed nations. In the United States, almost 1 out of every 10 people has diabetes and this includes undiagnosed cases. In fact 1 out of 4 people with diabetes do not even know that they have it.
Needless to say, diabetes is common. The general perceptions of diabetes are the same – it cannot be cured, cannot be reversed and if you are a diabetic you have to accept a lifetime of pills and even insulin injections. But the science around diabetes is changing.