Category Archives: Mind-Body

Mind-body medicine

Youth Obesity, Mindful Eating, and Meditation-Based Interventions

Today more than 30% of young people in the US are overweight, and more than 15% of them have metabolic syndrome (Dalen et al., 2015). Youth obesity is becoming a more and more significant health problem. However, effective interventions are … Continue reading

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Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Eating Behaviors, and Obesity

How can mindfulness-based approaches affect psychological and physical health among those who are overweight or obese? A recent meta-analysis examined randomized controlled trials and focused on 15 relevant studies involving 560 individuals (Rogers et al., 2017). The study found that … Continue reading

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Meditation, Weight Control, and Body Satisfaction

Meditation may have positive effects on weight control and body satisfaction. A recent study in Australia examined the relationship between meditation and weight control among 8009 Australian women (Lauche et al., 2017). The study also assessed the levels of body … Continue reading

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Potential Biomarkers for Anxiety

•    Potential Biomarker: Serum levels of lipid hydroperoxide (LOOH) •    Type:    Serum •    Relevance: The serum levels of lipid hydroperoxide have been considered as a potential biomarker for anxiety disorders among children (Ceylan et al., 2014). •    Potential Biomarker: Nighttime … Continue reading

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Inflammation and Diseases

Inflammation is an immune response of the body to protect from irritants, stimuli, or external materials that may be detrimental. Inflammatory signs: Redness Swelling Heat Pain Immune surveillance: The immune system can monitor, find, and remove the useless or damaging … Continue reading

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Acupuncture and Diarrhea: Factors and Prevention

The concepts of acute and chronic diarrhea in Chinese medicine are similar to acute and chronic enteritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and gastrointestinal dysfunctions in Western medicine. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acute diarrhea can be caused by these … Continue reading

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Acupuncture and Constipation: Factors and Prevention

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), constipation can be caused by these factors: * Mental or emotional problems such as stress and anxiety; * Aging, or physical weakness due to overstrain; * Unhealthy lifestyle, lack of exercises, or imbalanced diets; … Continue reading

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What is Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is a preventive and therapeutic technique in Chinese medicine. It may also be beneficial for health promotion purposes. It is used to adjust the flow of qi and blood in local areas using a jar to attach to … Continue reading

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Prevention of Migraines and Headaches in Chinese Medicine

According to Chinese Medicine, migraines and headaches can be caused by these internal and external factors: * Exogenous pathogenic factors such as wind, including wind-cold, wind-heat, and wind-dampness; * Mental or emotional upsets such as stress, anxiety, depression, and anger … Continue reading

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What Are Auricular Acupuncture Points

Auricular acupuncture points are certain locations or areas on the ear that can be stimulated for certain effects such as relieving pain or inflammation. The stimulation can be from acupuncture needles or the pressure from certain seeds. The distribution of … Continue reading

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Preparation of Herbs

Crude herbs need to be prepared with certain procedures before they can be used.  Because herbs are natural products, they need to be cleaned and processed to be stored for a long term.  Some special processing methods are used to … Continue reading

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How to Use Herbs in Different Forms

Herbal compress: Applying a cloth that has been soaked in herbal solutions directly on the affected body area. Herbal decoctions: Using the bark, root, seed, or berry of a plant to make a tea through simmering for about 20-30 minutes.  … Continue reading

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Mind-Body Techniques and Weight Control

In today’s industrialized world, the problems of chronic stress and obesity are becoming more and more serious. In the meantime, mindfulness-based methods such as mindful eating are getting more and more popular in recent years. The practice of mind-body techniques … Continue reading

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Effects of Mind-Body Interventions on the Proinflammatory Transcription Factor NF-κB

Mind-body interventions such as Tai Chi, Qigong, yoga, and meditation have been found to improve the quality of life. Recent studies have shown that these methods may affect the biological activities especially inflammation. A meta-study of 26 trials about mind-body … Continue reading

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Psychoneuroimmunology Database

The Database of Psychoneuroimmunology (DPNI) The Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) Portal and Knowledge Base Potential Biomarkers for Anxiety The Database of Biomarkers: Depression Mind-Body Medicine About Meditation: The Portal and Knowledge Base The Nervous System Neuroinformatics The Database of Cytokines Chronobiology The … Continue reading

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The Database of Biomarkers: Depression: S100B

The potential biomarkers of depression: S100B Associated diseases: Burnout syndrome Population group: Emergency medicine residents Background: Burnout syndrome is a common issue among emergency healthcare workers. It may be related to fatigue and job separations. S100 calcium-binding protein B (S100B) … Continue reading

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The Database of Biomarkers: Depression: Adiponectin

The potential biomarkers of depression: Adiponectin Associated diseases: Chronic hepatitis C Population group: Patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections Background: Major depression (MD) is often observed among patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. These patients treated with interferon … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease and the Gene APOE (Apolipoprotein E)

The APOE gene has other symbols as “AD2”, “LPG”, “APO-E”, and “LDLCQ5”. It is located at 19q13.2. The APOE gene has important roles in cardiovascular diseases including myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke, and coronary heart disease (Kathiresan et al. 2008). The … Continue reading

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Psychiatric Symptoms and the Gene SGCE (Sarcoglycan Epsilon)

The SGCE gene has other symbols as “ESG” and “DYT11”. It is located at 7q21.3. As a member of the sarcoglycan family, it is a component of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex (DGC). It provides the connections between the actin cytoskeleton and … Continue reading

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Epilepsy and the Gene KCNT1 (Potassium Sodium-Activated Channel Subfamily T member 1)

The KCNT1 gene has other symbols as “ENFL5”, “SLACK”, “EIEE14”, “KCa4.1”, “Slo2.2”, and “bA100C15.2”. It is located at 9q34.3. Encoding a sodium-activated potassium channel, this gene is highly expressed in the brain (Nagase et al. 2000). It has been related … Continue reading

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Neuropsychiatric Disorders and the Gene COMT (Catechol-O-Methyltransferase)

The COMT gene has another symbol as “HEL-S-98n”. It is located at 22q11.21. It is an important enzyme in the process of metabolic degradation of catecholamines (Gogos et al., 1998). The 158met variant on the nondeleted allele has been related … Continue reading

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Psychiatric Diseases and the Gene DISC1 (Disrupted in Schizophrenia 1)

The DISC1 gene has other symbols as “SCZD9” and “C1orf136”. It is located at 1q42.2. It is involved in the regulation of the AKT-mTOR signaling pathway and associated with embryonic and adult neurogenesis (Kim et al. 2009). DISC1 has been … Continue reading

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Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Personalized Medicine

Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Personalized Medicine Psychological stress has been associated with higher levels of inflammation and the risks of many physical disorders including heart diseases. For example, chronic stress responses may cause a variety of skin disorders including allergic … Continue reading

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Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Although many chronic diseases such as cancer are apparently physical, they can lead to psychological distress. Chronic psychosocial stress may in turn affect the physical health negatively. Studies in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) have shown that the … Continue reading

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Systems Biology and Neurodegenerative Diseases

Neurodegenerative diseases (NDs) are complex disorders that affect more than 40 million people globally (Wood et al., 2015). The multifaceted variations in the pathophysiology of the diseases make it difficult for effective therapy or prevention of the disease progression. More … Continue reading

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