Memilih Pengobatan Konvesional dan Alternatif

POPULARITAS pengobatan alternatif  di negara-negara Barat terus meningkat, seiring dengan semakin banyaknya orang yang menhindari obat-obatan dan operasi/pembedahan dalam terapi pengobatan konvensional.

Dari penelitihan yang dilakukan Harvard Medical School,Amerika Serikat,baru-baru ini,dilaporkan bahwa semakin banyak orang Amerika dengan masalah depresi dan anxienty (gejala panik berlebihan) yang memilih terapi alternatif, misal akupuntur aromatherapi,yoga dan ramuan herbal,dibandingkan pergi kedokter spesialis kejiwaan/psikiater.

Menarik sekali untuk disimak pesan dokter jeffry Mingdow,mantan direktur medis Kripalu Center for yoga and health,di Michigan seperti yang tertulis dalam buku The Alternative Advidsor.
"Dalam bekerjs sebagai dokter,juga sebagai praktisi pengobatan alternatif,saya sering diingatkan betapa pentingnya bersikap terbuka dalam menemukan cara yang terbaik bagi pasien-pasien saya.Pengalaman bertahun-tahun telah memperlihatkan pada saya bahwa tidak ada satupun cara pengobatan yang secara sendirian mampu menuntaskan suatu penyakit.Menemukan solusi penyembuhan seringkali membutuhkan kemauan untuk melihat lebih dari satu obat atau system pengobatan. Pada saat yang sama, saya juga merasakan satu tanggung jawab yang besar untuk bersikap selektif, yaitu mengenali perbedaan-perbedaan penting diantara sekian banyak pilihan pengobatan yang ada. Sebab, suatu terapi yang berhasil pada satu orang belum tentu berhasil pada orang lain. oleh sebab itu tugas saya adalah tidak hanya mencari-cari pengobatan yang aman saja, tetapi meresepkan serangkaian pengobatan yang paling baik dan sesuai dengan kondisi dan gaya hidup seorang pasien. Saya menyadari, bagaimanapun saya tidak mungkin melakukan semua itu sendirian. Apapun bentuk terapinya, penerimaan pasien terhadap pengobatan akan lebih baik apabila mereka bersikap aktif dalam pemeliharaan kesehatan mereka sendiri."

Mengambil peran aktif dalam kesehatan kita sendiri memerlukan pengetahuan yang baik tentang pengobatan, baik itu terapi konvensional ataupun alternatif, seperti yang kami sajikan dalam rubrik fokus nilama edisi ini. diantara sekian banyak pengobatan alternatif, ayuverda adalah salah satu system penyembuhan kuno dari timur yang kini semakin populer di barat. Terapi pengobatan yang telah banyak dikenal bangsa India sejak 5000 tahun yang lalu ini dapat anda baca dalam rubrik alternatif. Semoga bermanfaat, sekaligus dapat melengkapi pengetahuan anda seputar pengobatan alternatif.

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TEH HERBA, Macam dan kegunaanya

TEH HERBA, Macam dan kegunaanya-Teh herba mempunyai banyak variasi rasa dengan aneka khasiat yang sangat bermanfaat.  Tidak mengandung kafein ataupun tanin, tetapi memberikan efek menenangkan dan menyegarkan. Suatu anugrah yang tak dapat dinilai dengan uang. Walaupun tidak begitu populer di tanah air, sebenarnya teh herba juga bukan hal asing.  Kini kita dapat membeli teh herba instan yang terbuat dari berbagai bahan seperti jahe, temulawak, kunyit, dan sirih di berbagai tempat. Sayangnya teh herba instan mengandung gula yang cukup tinggi, sehingga tidak semua orang dapat mengkonsumsinya. Sedangkan jumlah dan dan variasi teh celup dan seduh masih terbatas. Untuk mendapatkan teh herba yang baik tentunya diperlukan sedikit usaha . Membuat sendiri atau paling tidak membeli di tempat pengolahan teh. Untuk memilih yang tepat pilihlah teh buatan para pakar kesehatan alami. Berikut ini mungkin bisa menjadi ide bagi anda.


MENGGUNAKAN BUMBU DAPUR UNTUK TEH HERBA
Murah , mudah dan berkasiat. Oleh para terapi gizi sangat dianjurkan, maka membuat teh herba bukan dianggap sebagai hal yang merepotkan. Berikut Pilihan bahan beserta resepnya :

- TEH MINT
Berkhasit menyegarkan tubuh dan mengobati gangguan perut.
Bahan : - 4 lembar daun mint (mentha piperita)
- 1 Cangkir air panas
Cara membuat :
Daun mint dicuci bersih, masukkan ke dalam cangkir, tuangkan air panas, kemudian diminum setelah hangat.

- TEH SERAI
Berkhasiat menghangatkan , melancarkan sirkulasi darah, mengurangi gejala flu
Bahan : - 1 batang serai (Cimbopogon nardus)
- 1 cangkir air panas
Cara membuat: Cuci serai hingga bersih lalu iris halus, masukkan serai kedalam cangkir, lalu tuangi air panas, diminum setelah hangat.

- TEH JAHE
Berkhasiat mengurangi batuk, meredakan nyeri, menenangkan dan mengobati pilek.
Bahan : - 1 Potong jahe ( Zingiber officinale), panjan 3cm
- 1` cangkir air mendidih
Cara mebuatnya:
Bakar jahe hingga aromanya keluar, lalu kerik kullitnya . Jahe yang sudah bersih dimemarkan, taruh di cangkir, lalu tuangi dengan air panas, setelah hangat teh dapat diminum.

- TEH DAUN BARU  CHINA - SAMBILOTO
 Teh ini berkhasiat menyembuhkan radang tenggorokan dan panas dalam
Bahan : - 12 lembar daun sambiloto ( Andrographis paniculata)
- 1 genggam daun baru china (Artemisia vulgaris)
Cara membuatnya :
Cuci daun sambiloto dan dau baru china, lalu bersama teh hijau dimasukkan ke dalam gelas ukuran 250cc, seduh dengan air mendidih, lalu ditutup. Setelah hangat, saring dan dapat diminum.

- TEH PENURUN BERAT BADAN
Cocok untuk orang gemuk dan penderita kadar lemak darah tinggi (hiperlipidemia)
Bahan : - 5gr bungao rose kering (Fros rosae rugosae)
- 3gr bunga melati kering (Flos jasmini sambac)
- 10gr daun teratai kering (folium nolumbinis)
- 3 gr teh hijau (Folium Camelliae sinensis)
- 3gr biji jali (semen colcis)
Cara membuatnya :
 Biji jali ditumbuk halus, lalu bersama bahan-bahan lainnya dimasukkan ke dalam gelas ukuran 250cc. Sedu dengan air mendidih lalu tutup. Setelah hangat disaring, minum sekaligus. Ampasnya bisa disedu lagi dan diminum disore hari.

Calysta Bevier: Teen Cancer Survivor Gets Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer - America's Got Talent 2016

Calysta Bevier: Teen Cancer Survivor Gets Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer - America's Got Talent 2016
     
A 16 year-old cancer survivor earned the fourth and final golden buzzer of the season Tuesday night on “America’s Got Talent.”
Calysta Bevier of Grand Rapids, Ohio won over judge Simon Cowell — and the live audience of 3000-plus — with her emotional performance of Rachel Patton’s “Fight Song.”
"I've got this incredible feeling about you,” Cowell told her.
“I think everyone in this room felt it.  You were nervous I could feel that. I predict great things are gonna happen for you. There's something about you.”
The 10th grader was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer last summer but has been in remission for nearly ten months.
“My dreams are to grow up and finish high school,” she revealed in a pre-taped interview.
Calysta will now advance directly through to the live performance shows, which will originate from Los Angeles beginning in July.
She joins 12 year-old opera sensation Laura Bretan, pre-teen folk singer Grace VanderWaal (“The next Taylor Swift”) and crooning pizza delivery driver Sal Valentinetti as early favorites for the $1 million grand prize.
America will also be talking about:
JULIA SCOTTI
The 63 year-old transgender comic began her career as Rick Scotti back in 1981.  Now she’s back on stage with a new look, a new name and some jokes that could make a sailor blush. 
“I am in the autumn of my years,” she yucks.  “My foliage is starting to change color if you know what I mean…”
Howie Mandel loved her:  “Whether you are a man or a woman, you are funny!”
RONEE MARTIN
Ronee, 62, works as an assistant at a Virginia law firm, but has dreamed for decades about finding success as a singer. She’s come close in the past.  Will this be her big break?
“You have an amazing voice,” Cowell praised after she brought down the house with Aretha Franklin’s anthem, “Natural Woman.”  
“Now you have to become relevant and current. The whole I deal of this show is to give people like you a chance that maybe other people wouldn’t give, because I can’t deny the fact that you have a fantastic voice.”
JON DORENBOS
He’s been playing professional football for the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 seasons.  Now Jon, 35, hopes to make it as a magician. His up close card trick left all four judges scratching their heads and voting “yes” for more.
“For someone who doesn’t do this professionally, it was so slick, so fast and your dialogue was great,” Cowell lauded. “I am really impressed.”
“America’s Got Talent” airs Tuesdays at 8:00 PM on NBC.



Coffee Consumption No Longer Linked to Cancer

Go ahead and enjoy that morning cup of Joe in peace.
The World Health Organization released a report last week stating that coffee is no longer believed to be linked to an increased risk in cancer—it may even decrease risk of certain types of cancers.
The change marks a rare reversal for the organization, which in 1991 described coffee as “possibly carcinogenic,” linking it with increased risk of bladder cancer. However, since then many studies have been published on the various health benefits of coffee, including lower rates of heart disease, Type II diabetes, neurological disorders, and certain types of cancers.

Coffee
More than 100 million Americans drink coffee every day.
Although the report marks a significant change in the WHO’s stance, many doctors feel that the organization did not go far enough. Early studies in the field did not account for the increased rates of smoking amongst coffee drinkers, and their inability to separate the two confounded the statistics and influenced the 1991 decision to classify coffee as possibly carcinogenic.
“When these studies originally got started, back in the ’50s and the ’60s, it would be difficult to find an adult in this country that didn’t start their day off without having a cigarette and a cup of coffee,” said Dr. Roy A. Jensen, the director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center. “When so many people are engaging in two behaviors that are tightly linked, it becomes very difficult to disassociate those.”
Just last year, the panel of scientists assigned to create the U.S. government’s dietary guidelines said three to five cups of coffee daily was not only not harmful, but that moderate consumption may play a role in reducing chronic disease. The World Cancer Research Fund International has also reported that coffee can protect against multiple kinds of cancer.
The WHO report, published June 15 in The Lancet Oncology, reviewed more than 1,000 studies before coming to their conclusion. Despite finding no conclusive evidence between a carcinogenic effect and drinking coffee, the report did state that drinking coffee at temperatures exceeding 158˚ Fahrenheit probably causes esophageal cancer.
This finding does not appear to affect Western societies as much as Middle Eastern and South American societies, Dr. Jenson said.
“This association appears to be true in societies that have this habit of drinking caffeinated beverages, both tea and coffee, at an extremely high temperature,” he said. “Despite the homily ‘hotter than McDonald’s coffee,’ we actually don’t drink our coffee near as hot as a number of other cultures do.”
These findings come as good news for the 120 million Americans that drink coffee on a daily basis, and who can now breathe a sigh of relief as they drink their breakfast brew.

SOURCE: http://  www.pbs.org/

The 'magical' camp for children whose parents have cancer

By Kelly Wallace, CNN

When Abigail "Abi" Yates was 10 and her father was battling a rare blood disease, her parents told her they were sending her to a special summer camp.
She cried.
"I did not want to go. I didn't know anybody. I was like, 'Why do I have to do this?' " Abi said. "And, at the time, I didn't understand the severity of my father's illness, either. ... I just knew that something was wrong and I had to go to this camp, so I didn't know what to expect."

Her sister Sophie, then 6, also wasn't happy about it. "If Abi didn't want to go, she didn't want to go, either," said Jennifer Yates, their mother.
Yates had seen a flyer for the camp in an oncology office in Bloomington, Indiana. It was advertising a pilot program at Indiana University called Camp Kesem, which was providing free week-long summer camps for children across the country whose parents had been diagnosed with cancer or have died from the disease. They would be fueled by volunteer college students working to give these children the best summer they could hope for.
    Yates didn't think her kids would qualify because her husband had a rare blood disease called aplastic anemia and was not diagnosed with cancer. But when she called, they welcomed her children with open arms.
    "The impact of that first Camp Kesem experience was profound," she said.
    When she and her husband went to pick up the girls, they did not want to leave. "My husband and I were just sobbing, in tears ... because they had had fun, and I didn't remember, really, the last time that they were laughing like that and just really had an easy time," Yates said.
    Another surprise was the Camp Kesem policy that any camper who attends is guaranteed a spot the following year if they want to return.
    "That turned it for me where I said, 'Oh, my God, this is going to be the best week of their lives every year,' " Yates said.
    Abi Yates, left, with other college student volunteers at Indiana University's Camp Kesem chapter in 2015.
    Abi and Sophie have now been going to Camp Kesem every year since 2005, and Abi became head of the Indiana University Camp Kesem chapter during her time at the college. She has now been hired to work full-time for the camp and is the first camper to become a member of the professional team.
    "Kesem definitely gave me a family that I didn't know I really needed," said Abi, now 22. "They were all going through something really terrible and through something so awful, we were all given this beautiful gift of a common understanding and a group of people that were really a family for life."

    An opportunity to be a kid again

    Camp Kesem was founded in 2000 by Iris Ravé Wedeking, a lifelong camper who was looking to create a program that college students could really plan for and build, said Jane Saccaro, Camp Kesem's chief executive officer.
    Ravé Wedeking, now a Camp Kesem board member, originally planned a camp for children with cancer but soon realized there were a lot of similar programs.
    "But there were not many for children whose parents were the ones battling the disease," Saccaro said. "Still, to this day, 16 years later, there are virtually no support services out there for children whose parents are going through this."

    The first camp took place at Stanford University and has grown into a program with 85 college chapters across the country. Each of the camps takes place on campsites about two to three hours from the college campuses to ensure a true summer camp experience, said Saccaro.
    This summer, Camp Kesem will run over 90 weeks of camp at 70 locations across the country. More than 3,000 college students will be volunteering their time and energy to provide unique, life-changing experiences for children whose parents have been touched by cancer. The students plan the camps, raise money to help finance them and then help run them during the summer, but nurses and mental health professionals are also on hand.
    Marty Shamon, 24, became a college student volunteer after his freshman year at the University of Illinois. His father was first diagnosed with cancer when Shamon was 4 and ultimately died from the disease when he was 10.
    When his college adviser sent around a list of clubs that were meeting on campus, Camp Kesem caught his eye. His first summer at Camp Kesem may be the most impactful experience of his life.
    Marty Shamon with his dad, who died of cancer when Shamon was 10.
    "Honestly, for me, it was my opportunity to be a child," Shamon said. "Cancer, especially in a child's life, can force you to mature and force you to look at things in a way that a child shouldn't necessarily have to." Even though he was 18, he finally had gotten his chance to be a kid.
    But importantly, after years of being brave in the face of cancer, during that first summer as a counselor at Camp Kesem, Shamon also got the courage to open up.
    Marty Shamon first learned about Camp Kesem during his freshman year at the University of Illinois.
    "I was just crying a lot ... but it was a relief," said Shamon, now a regional program director for Camp Kesem, overseeing nine chapters in California and Arizona. "I was sharing something that I felt like I was alone in, that nobody else was going through, and in my first couple of days at Camp Kesem, I realized there were other kids that were my age, older [or] younger, going through this same thing."
    After he shared his story, another camper ran across the room and gave him the biggest hug, recalled Shamon. That camper also shared his story about losing his father at a very similar age. "Neither of us was ... alone. We had someone ... and really, we had 30 other people around us, was the magic that we call Camp Kesem."

    Teaching kids it's OK to cry

    Jim Higley, chief development and marketing officer for Camp Kesem, knows firsthand what children and parents in the camp community are going through. He lost his mother to cancer when he was 14 and is a cancer survivor himself and father of three. He wrote about how cancer impacted his life in a book, "Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew."
    Higley says that one of the most important things Camp Kesem will do for children is help them build the emotional skills vital for dealing with a parent's cancer.
    "We teach the kids ... it's not only OK, it's correct to cry, to show your feelings," Higley said. "We're really helping them hone their emotional intelligence, and we're giving them the safe place to understand that the feelings that many of them have bottled up inside themselves for a long time ... are not only OK feelings, they're normal feelings."
    This helps the children go back home and to their schools and social networks, taking those skills with them and leaving them more comfortable expressing themselves instead of holding everything in, he said.
    As part of an empowerment ceremony, campers can decorate luminaries with messages for loved ones.
    Over 3 million children have been touched by a parent's cancer, said Higley, so the need is great. Five years ago, 1,000 children attended Camp Kesem, and this summer, more than 6,000 children will attend. "The goal is to continue to grow year after year so that more children will benefit," Saccaro said.

    It costs roughly $1,000 to support a camper start to finish year-round, so to cover over 6,000 kids this summer, the organization will have raised over $6 million, Saccaro said.
    Saccaro spent her career in strategic consulting but joined Kesem five years ago to add meaning to her professional life. At that point, thankfully, most of the people in her family who had been affected by cancer were grandparents, aunts and uncles and "folks much further down along their lives," she said.
    Seven weeks after she started running the organization, that changed. Her younger sister, whom she calls her best friend, was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. At the time, her sister had a 3-year-old son and 10-month-old twins. She died 11 weeks after the diagnosis.
    "I think in terms of this job, there's tons of very, very painful life lessons that come at you really quickly, but what I think it has shown me ... [is that] cancer cuts across all sorts of demographics and socioeconomic groups and is relentless, and so I think that was life lesson number one."
    A second life lesson, she says, comes from the student volunteers, 80% of whom have had cancer affect someone in their family. "I think I've learned by watching them that you have a choice. You can have these horrible things that affect you take you down a negative path, or you can take these life experiences and you can use them for good."

    The magic of Camp Kesem

    A few years after Abi Yates started at Camp Kesem, her father underwent a full bone marrow transplant. He and her mother lived in Seattle during the procedure, while Abi and her sister, Sophie, stayed home with family, supported by the Camp Kesem community.
    "It was a silent presence. ... I don't even think we were aware of how emotionally, mentally, physically involved they were with our children," Jennifer Yates said.

    When Abi was 16, her father died from his illness. What helped her, especially during the most difficult days, was knowing that Camp Kesem was a "safe place" that was always going to be there.
    "I always was looking forward to that one week of the summer where I was able to see my family again, my Kesem family, and have that experience of magic and love that was so, so important because it made me realize that you have to stay positive in life," she said.
    "Magic" and "magical" are words every person I interviewed for this story used to describe Camp Kesem. In fact, Kesem means "magic" in Hebrew, although the camp is open to campers from all religions and ethnic backgrounds.
    Part of the magic is that faced with the incomprehensible, the loss of a parent, Camp Kesem has made those affected better people, such as Abi and Shamon.
    Shamon is finishing up his third year as a Camp Kesem regional program director, while Abi is beginning her first year in the same role, overseeing nine chapters in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania. Both are committed to making Camp Kesem part of the rest of their lives.
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    It's an impossible question to really answer, but I ask Abi whether she can even think about how proud her dad would be of where she is and what she's doing now.
    "I wish that I could tell him ... through him being so sick, he gave me such a beautiful gift," she said. "It's like out of this really ugly, terrible time and thing to have happen, I was given such an amazing thing, so in a way, I am thankful because I wouldn't be who I am, I wouldn't have this, if it weren't for his sickness."
    To any parents who may be considering exploring Camp Kesem -- there are still slots available at select camps across the country this summer -- Abi's mother, Jennifer, has some pretty direct advice: Sign up.
    "Don't be afraid. Look it up. There's a lot of pride in families with cancer ... but it is and it has to be spoken of because of the effect on the children."
    Do you know any children whose parents have been touched by cancer? Tell them about Camp Kesem and share your thoughts with Kelly Wallace on Twitter @kellywallacetv.

    SOURCE : CNN.com

    INilah cara agar BIBIR tetap Terlihat Segar saat PUASA

    Bagi sebagian orang bibir kering memeang memang gak masalah, tapi bagi sebagian besar orang lainnya bibir pecah/kering adalah malapetaka. Ya bagi kalangan orang yang bekerja di depan publik bibir segar memang mutlak diperlukan, karena jika bibir kering tentu akan sangat mengganggu penampilan. 

    Terkadang problema bibir kering dan pecah-pecah tak bisa dihindari. Saat tubuh kekurangan air, bibir cenderung menjadi kering.

    Untuk menjaga kelembaban bibir saat berpuasa, penggunaan pelembab bibir atau lip balm akan sangat membantu. Pelembab bibir membuat bibir terlihat segar saat puasa.

    “Lip balm menjaga kelembabannya,” kata Ivone Chandra, training and make up artist, seperti dirangkum dari Pusat Data Republika.

    Sebelum memberikan aplikasi lipstik, sebaiknya gunakan pelembab bibir terlebih dahulu. Kemudian, timpa dengan warna lipstik yang sedikit cerah, namun segar.

    Pilihan warna oranye menjadi paling pas. Pasalnya, warnanya cenderung mencerahkan dan tidak mencolok. Oranye juga memberikan kesan segar dan menyamarkan kulit bibir yang kering. Cocok pula dengan kulit perempuan Asia.

    Setelahnya, bisa menggunakan penambahan lip gloss untuk kesan mengilap. Pilih varian lip gloss yang tidak menghasilkan warna. Sebab, warna bibir sudah muncul dari lipstik yang digunakan. Bubuhkan secukupnya pada bibir. Atau, bila ingin menggunakan lip gloss berwarna, tak perlu gunakan lipstik. Gunakan yang berwarna oranye atau merah muda.

    Bila warna bibir cenderung kehitaman, netralkan dulu dengan sejenis krim penetral bibir sebelum memoles lipstik atau lip gloss. “Fungsinya untuk membuat warna bibir menjadi lebih muda,” lanjut Ivonne.

    Kemudian, barulah berikan sentuhan pewarna bibir. Hasilnya, warna akan lebih bagus terlihat. Agar bibir tetap sehat saat berpuasa, minumlah air putih secukupnya saat sahur dan berbuka. Jangan lupa mengonsumsi buah-buahan dan sayuran.

    NEWS GAME : Pokken Tournament is a fighting game that anyone can enjoy

    You don't need to be an expert to make Pikachu beat up Charizard





    When you think about it, Pokemon is just a series of fighting games without the violence. At their core, these games are about two creatures, each with an array of special moves, hitting each other until one of them runs out of health. Pokemon makes this process somewhat abstract, with its turn-based structure and simple animations. But Pokken Tournament — a new Wii U game created by some of the key minds behind the Tekken and Soulcalibur series — makes those battles much more visceral. You can actually see and experience what happens when Charizard slugs it out with Pikachu in a tiny ring. And unlike most fighting games, which feature complex strategies and complicated controls, Pokken is simple enough that just about anyone can have some fun with it.


    Despite its streamlined nature, Pokken doesn’t seem so straightforward at first. There’s a lot to keep track of, starting with the opening tutorial where you’re bombarded with all kinds of weird phrases and rules. In addition to your health bar, you’ll also need to watch a gauge that powers potent special attacks, and another that lets you summon helper pokemon to aid you in battle. The game also has a strange, shifting camera: at times it’s a 3D, free-roaming arena, but throughout the battle things will switch to a more traditional Street Fighter-style 2D camera angle. On top of all of that, there are multiple categories of fighters, from the speedy luchador version of Pikachu, to the huge, muscular Machamp. Each has its own unique skills and abilities, and even the size of their health bar differs.



    It’s a lot to take in. But once you start playing, it turns out you don’t really need to understand all of those aspects to enjoy the game. The key to Pokken’s accessibility is its control scheme. Instead of forcing you to memorize long button sequences to do special attacks and other moves, Pokken goes in an entirely different direction. Every single move in the game can be performed with only two buttons, usually a combination of an attack and a directional input. If you want to do a screen-filling special attack, you just hit the shoulder buttons together at just the right time. After a few minutes of experimenting you can get a firm grasp on every available action.

    The effect is incredibly refreshing: diving into a new Street Fighter means spending hours, days, or even weeks training and memorizing how to perform attacks, but in Pokken you can jump right in. It takes no time at all to learn how to make Pikachu perform a thunderbolt, or to have Lucario perform a rush attack. You have access to a character’s entire arsenal of attacks from the very outset. On the surface, that makes Pokken sound like a game that dumbs down the experience in an attempt to lower the barrier to entry, but it still has a surprising amount of depth.
    Like the flagship Pokemon series, Pokken employs a rock-paper-scissors-like system where certain moves are strong or weak depending on how your opponent counters. Reading the battle becomes an important part of experience, as you need to understand what your opponent is doing in order to counter in the most effective way. There are additional layers of strategy, like choosing support pokemon that can help you by doing things like attacking your foe or granting temporary bonuses like increased speed or strength. You can ignore these aspects initially, but as you play more and face off against tougher competition, they become increasingly important. It’s not as deep as, say, Tekken, but it’s still a game where skilled players who can read the action have an advantage.
    That said, the game is far too easy in the early stages of the single-player mode. I’m not especially good at fighting games, yet I went undefeated for more than 40 matches during my initial playthrough. After a while it got boring. And this is especially disappointing because Pokken has a really cool tournament structure, one that mirrors the way things work in the main Pokemon games. You work your way up through a league, defeating opponents to increase your rank, before ultimately taking on a champion. Beat them and you move up to a higher, more challenging league, and along the way you can level up your pokemon’s stats to make them stronger. It works really well — and there’s even a bit of story to go along with it — but it takes a while before you’ll come across anything that remotely resembles a challenge.

    Of course, single-player is only one small part of a fighting game. The real fun comes from playing against others, and Pokken doesn’t disappoint in that regard. In fact, its more approachable take on the fighting genre makes it perfect for playing with friends. Much like Smash Bros., pretty much anyone can pick up a controller and enjoy themselves, with little to no practice. (And unlike the frantic Smash Bros., it’s also possible for just about anyone to actually understand what’s happening on screen in Pokken Tournament.) The fact that it’s a Pokemon game only makes is more welcoming, with plenty of fan service for those who played the older games or watched the cartoon. The roster of fighters is a bit eclectic, ranging from iconic characters like Pikachu to more obscure pokemon like Blaziken or Chandelure. The stages in particular are great; my favorite takes place during a Magikarp festival, with flapping fish flying across the screen while a proud, golden statue dedicated to the most useless of all pokemon stands tall in the background.
    Whether or not Pokken Tournament ultimately has staying power of games like Street Fighter or Tekken isn’t really for me to say; time will tell whether an engaged community forms around it (though it’s already been selected as a featured game at the prestigious Evo 2016 Championship Series). But, just as Splatoon did for shooters, Pokken Tournament gives me the satisfaction of a good fighting game without the intimidation and time commitment. More importantly, it lets me finally see what it really looks like when Charizard punches Gengar.

    Pokken Tournament is available now on the Wii U.


    SOURCE : http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/18/11259028/pokken-tournament-review-nintendo-wii-i
     
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