Alternative Medicine

On the hunt for herbal remedies

Kilham with three chiefs from Pentecost Island in Vanuatu. Photo: Chris Kilham

Several times a year, Chris Kilham ventures into the Amazonian jungles where he gets together with shamans for a few drinks. These are occasions that make a big Friday night in Lan Kwai Fong seem like a stroll through Victoria Park.

Tuesday, 8 October, 2013, 9:59am

Beauty Fix: Ultimate Power Facial

Keep it current: Aromatherapy Associates at The MiraSpa.

The Mira hotel has enlisted British-based brand Aromatherapy Associates to launch a series of facials and body therapies for its spa.

26 Oct 2012 - 2:57pm

Health Bites

Health Bites

Advice for the long run

16 Oct 2012 - 9:05am

Traditional Chinese medicine

The Chinese Cuisine Training Institute's tonic foods course puts theory into practice with cooking sessions in the kitchen.Photos: Jonathan Wong

As the backlash against processed food grows, interest in holistic approaches to health has hit new heights. Increasingly, people are looking to superfoods, natural products, plants and herbs as a way to ward off illnesses and maintain optimal health.

25 Sep 2012 - 10:56am

City scope: stretching across borders

A yoga practitioner goes through his daily routine on a Mumbai beach. Photo: AFP


Mumbai-based yoga instructor Asha Ambani doesn't sound surprised the ancient discipline is enjoying a surge in popularity on the mainland.

22 Sep 2012 - 11:25pm

So near, yet so feared: the magic touch

Happy feet:a foot massage is a great cure for a hangover.

2 Sep 2012 - 1:31pm

Just add water

Musician Emily Li Kit-yiu was struck with diarrhoea, chronic bronchitis and colds so often that she became exhausted with repeated visits to the doctor. She also suffered from chronic shoulder pain, fatigue and insomnia.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Health bites

Fat used to grow blood vessels

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Flab-fighting, Chinese style

Chinese medicine can be as effective in treating obesity as Western methods and with fewer side effects, a university study commissioned by the Hospital Authority shows.

Chinese University reviewed almost 100 previous studies on Chinese weight-loss treatments with the aim of providing a scientific basis for the authority's clinics to develop therapy in the field.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Free your mind, see a lumbarjack

Most people associate mental health with happiness, balance, stress, and absence of mental or mood disorders. Some resort to medication to lift moods, others to psychological counselling. Few would think of seeing a chiropractor.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Sign of the times

Here is how your typical bride prepares for her wedding day: she starts a comprehensive diet and exercise plan a few months beforehand and, in the run up to the big day, schedules any number of facials, body wraps and massages. As the days speed up, it's all rehearsals for different versions of hair and make-up, plus manicures and pedicures, and relaxing spa treatments.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Medical firm seeks hot young blood

In the eyes of some, the function of a frontline salesperson is nothing more than selling products, a job requiring not so much professionalism as sheer persistence and endurance.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Fakes and leftovers taint the medicinal herb market

After two years of taking the same combination of herbs to treat his insomnia, 67-year-old Gu Fei found that they suddenly failed to help him sleep. The change, he realised, came after he tried to save money by buying the herbs from a wholesale market in Chengdu.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

Spring cleaning

Welcome the season with Beyond Organic's Rejuvenating Facial using 21 products from luxe skincare brand AMALA.

Put your best face forward with the latest in luxury organic facials, writes Victoria Ip.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Dozens do battle for slice of Hong Kong history

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am