(NaturalNews) During the 1960s, western culture began welcoming ancient Asian physical exercise routines and medical approaches that were very outside the box that we baby boomers grew up in.
Now there are even more ancient traditions from which to choose. They focus on creating better health and healing without toxic interventions. The potential for taking responsibility for your health has expanded.
Accessible and effective ancient health protocols
(1) Dr. Oz had Chris Kilham, yoga instructor, ethnobotonist and author of The Five Tibetans on his show demonstrating these five simple exercises. View at source  below.
Kilham's personal practice and book was inspired by two earlier books: Peter Kelder's Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth, versions one and two. Those books clearly explain the spiritual foundation of those simple exercises.
They were designed by early Tibetan monks with the idea of evolving spiritually by energizing the seven chakras (energy vortexes) along the subtle body spine. So the Tibetan monks safeguarded them from disclosure to the uninitiated.
But the function of increasing the spinning energy of one's seven chakras also supports "side effects" of youthful vigor and longevity, both of which appeal more strongly this culture than spiritually evolving.
(2) Ayurveda is the ancient healing and disease prevention tradition from India. It focuses on balancing three elemental body and life force types, known as doshas, with a specifically prescribed diet. Each individual has three doshas that vary in emphasis or predominance. Thus, no one diet is right for everyone. Inexpensive herbal remedies are used medicinally as well.
The pitta dosha is characterized by fire or heat. The kapha dosha is characterized by water and earth, while the vada dosha is comprised of air and ether.
Although they are all part of us, usually one or maybe two dominate to determine not only physiological metabolism, but emotional dispositions and mental attitudes.  
Skilled Ayurveda practitioners are able to diagnose with non-invasive observation and the art of pulse reading where your health can go south often before the expensive diagnostic high-tech machinery of western medicine gets a hint.
Then they can prescribe the right dietary approach with inexpensive herbs to avoid any future health disaster. That's why it's wise to visit an Ayurveda practitioner to determine your constitutional dosha arrangement.
Their consultations tend to be inexpensive, thanks to the absence of high-tech testing equipment.
(3) Lately, more evidence has been discovered on how dental and oral health affects the rest of our body. Introducing the practice of oral oil pulling.
According to Sayer Ji, founder of Greenmedinfo.com, early Ayurveda's "Charaka Samhita describes oil pulling as effective for improving more than just oral health, but also 30 other systemic diseases ranging from headache, migraine to diabetes and asthma." 
One takes a large spoonful of sesame oil, coconut oil, or sunflower oil, puts it into the mouth on an empty stomach, then swishes it around for 10 to 20 minutes. When finished spit it out, never swallow any.
(4) Perhaps the most clinically available ancient Asian tradition in the west is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is also based on elemental energies, but there are five with TCM: Wood (wind), fire (heat), earth (damp), metal (dryness), and water (cold).
Although most TCM practitioners will use herbs, most westerners have become enchanted with acupuncture's effectiveness. A few weekly sessions have been known to clear up many maladies (http://www.naturalnews.com).
There are only a few health insurance policies that can cover TCM treatments partially. But TCM is cheaper then western medical attention. Besides, there are several TCM schools that offer supervised student acupuncture at greatly reduced pricing.