Why we started
Our society is experiencing a growing pandemic of chronic illnesses, affecting our overall physical and mental health, which is not always addressed effectively by conventional medicine approaches, impacting our quality of life.
However, it is never too late, as anytime is a good time to course-correct with easy lifestyle changes and feel in control of our own health and life.
Sanko's core belief is that experiencing our highest potential and building social cohesion starts with balanced health of the body and mind. When we enjoy good health and have a strong sense of wellbeing, we are kind to ourselves and to others, we are better friends, family members, partners and contributing members of our society.
As non-acute health issues are on the rise, many people are actively seeking credible options that can provide a different lens to better manage their specific concerns.
We now have significant evidence that Natural and Lifestyle Medicine can provide effective solutions for both management and prevention of today’s chronic health conditions.
We started Sanko with this mission in mind - to encourage everyone - wherever they find themselves on their health scale - to proactively take care of their health by effectively addressing the root cause, not just symptoms, naturally.
Sanko offers easy, effective and affordable access to natural and lifestyle medicine approaches, which is both high impact and cost effective, so that prevention and continuous self-care as general health maintenance becomes a second nature.
We believe that Health is a personal quest, and needs to be approached through a multi-faceted lens for best outcomes.
Taking the multi-therapeutic approach is key to defining a new paradigm: self-management tools and lifestyle therapies combine objective knowledge with subjective experiential practices, and should be at the forefront of daily living. In addition, having a choice and flexibility is important for success, making the quest for balanced health meaningful, while enabling us to be in charge of our own wellbeing.
Natural and Lifestyle Medicine is a field that uses evidence-based complementary therapies and lifestyle practices in order to prevent and manage a wide range of health issues, and supports the body's innate healing mechanisms.
Most chronic conditions are due to imbalances in two or more bodily systems (ie; immune, metabolic, nervous, endocrine, digestive, renal etc), and a result of a multitude of external and internal factors accumulated over time, therefore, a single application or one type of therapy may not be sufficient to treat and heal the whole body on all levels.
By leveraging data and technology we aim to simplify access to a stepped guidance and a holistic toolkit - amalgamation of natural practices and therapies across multiple disciplines which can be easily adopted into everyday life.
We developed a novel yet simple approach to guide users from awareness to action through personalised, practical and actionable advice to address many health concerns.
We provide easy access to a broad spectrum of proven self-help tools and therapies that offer choices and guidance, encouraging users to look after their own health and wellbeing, irrespective of where they are on their health journey. Every Sanko recommendation and personalised guidance has proven health benefits and is backed by evidence and scientific research.
With data and AI, we are able to offer a combination of easy to implement self-management tools, insights, therapies and expert practitioners, meeting the needs of users' health concerns and personal preferences. We take into consideration that even though a symptom or condition may be common, each person experiences it differently, therefore the treatment approach must be unique to each individual.
Sanko AI makes our guidance contextual and dynamic, and adapts to the changing health requirements and personal preferences of each individual user over time.
Measuring Impact: Health quality score
We aim to build a health quality score, which will be a measure of improvement in overall health, as well as quality of life. We will take multi dimensional data points to calculate the score (a combination of blood marker data, wearable data, personal measure of energy, mood, improved sense of wellbeing etc).
At individual level, this will help assess improvements in specific areas of health and body function along with mood, emotions, energy levels, sleep quality, posture, mobility, and much more. For organisations, the comprehensive scale will provide metrics for engagement, retention and productivity.
Our Name Śankō
The origins of our name comes from a combination of 2 classic Asian languages - Sanskrit and Japanese.
San in Sanskrit means “to bestow” and Anko in traditional Japanese means “balanced health”.
Similar to the methodology of eastern medicine and it's focus on balanced health, Sanko takes a systems approach to overall health, addressing issues before they evolve into greater challenges and providing support to bring balance when out of balance.