Chinese plant may reverse obesity

The battle against obesity has spawned a multibillion-dollar fat-fighting industry, but the most promising treatment may come from a plant used in ancient Chinese medicine. The ‘thundergod vine,’ (Tripterygium wilfordii), used for thousands of years to treat an array of health issues, including fever and inflammation, may produce more dramatic effects on food intake and […]

Helpful medicinal foods for Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic medical condition wherein the body’s immune system attacks the joints of the hands and feet, causing pain, swelling and sometimes permanent disability. According to the Arthritis Foundation, about one and a half million Americans, mostly women are living with RA. There is no definite conclusion as to the cause but […]

Why the Chinese are less obese than Westerners

Chinese cuisine can offer a healthy alternative to the Western diet. Chinese chefs rely heavily on rice, noodles and vegetables and use meat, fish or fowl only as a condiment. A typical Chinese dish contains only one-fourth the amount of meat used in a Western meal. There are other important differences between the Chinese diet and […]

Chinese medicines, and supplement trends

Traditional Chinese herbal medicines hold promise for stopping or slowing the progression from prediabetes to an official DIABETES diagnosis, according to research in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. During the trial, participants were randomly assigned to take either a capsule containing a mixture of 10 Chinese herbal medicines or a placebo. For […]

Garcinia Cambogia, another traditional health food from afar

A THM Feature Article Garcinia cambogia is a small, exotic fruit similar to a tiny pumpkin. It has become quite well-known is western countries in recent years due to its weight-loss properties, but it has been in use for thousands of years in India and Asia in a number of health-supporting roles. Its traditional uses […]

Glyphosate growth may slow–we hope

A recent market report published by Transparency Market Research, based on 2012 data, announced that global  glyphosate/Roundup sales growth has been staggering, valued at $5.46 billion in 2012 and predicted to reach $8.79 billion in 2019. Maybe. The last two decades has seen huge growth, according to the report, passing all expectations. Part of the growth is […]

Is ‘counting chemicals’ better than counting calories when it comes to weight management?

Most of us have a rough idea of the number of calories in common foods we eat. It’s part of our conditioning where we’ve learned that to lose or maintain weight, we either carefully count our calories… or increase our amount of exercise. But Natural Society posits that there is a third factor that may […]

Big Pharma alarmed at elderly choosing natural medicine

One of the newest ‘dangerous drugs’ to be highlighted in an upcoming issue of the journal of Current Psychiatry Reports is–believe it or not–coconut oil! It seems that increasing numbers of elderly people are opting for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for late life mood and cognitive disorders. Understandably, this trend is worrisome to Big Pharma […]

Ancient and modern cooling foods for summer

An important aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the consumption of appropriate foods for the season. And now that summer has hit many regions with a vengeance, we are in the time of the TCM element ‘yang,’ which signifies heat, fire and maximum activity expansion. It is the season when the sun’s rays reach out […]

Cleveland Clinic among first in U.S. to open hospital-based Chinese herbal therapy clinic

Our Memorial Day post on health freedom promised some good news on the herbal medicine front, so here it is: The prestigious Cleveland Clinic has opened its own Chinese herbal therapy center. It is encouraging to see that at least one so-called “mainstream institution” recognizes that many in America can benefit from the long and proven history […]