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Bupleurum Root for Flu, Depression, and Fatigue

[Name] Bupleurum Root, Radix Bupleuri [Chinese Name] Chai Hu [Parts Used and Preparation] Roots [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Bitter, pungent; slightly cold [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Liver, Gallbladder, and Pericardium [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb can expel exogenous pathogenic factors, … Continue reading

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Benefits of Qigong Exercise for Elderly with Depression

Researchers in Hong Kong performed a randomized controlled trial to investigate the psychosocial influences of Qigong on elderly with depression (Tsang et al., 2006). A total of 82 participants with depression were involved in the study. The intervention group received … Continue reading

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Tai Chi and Qigong for Metabolic Syndrome

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Researchers in Australia evaluated the effects of Tai Chi and Qigong exercise on metabolic syndrome and glycemic levels among patients with higher blood glucose (Xin et al., 2008). Eleven people … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Depression, and Inflammation: Physical and Cognitive Aspects

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology More and more evidences have related anxiety and depression to elevated systemic inflammation (Duivis et al., 2013). As complex disorders, anxiety and depression have heterogeneity in symptoms with both physical … Continue reading

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Depression, Anxiety, Asthma, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often have psychiatric problems including cognitive dysfunction, anxiety, and depression (Bratek et al., 2015). A recent study investigated the roles of … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Depression, Diabetes, and High-Fat Diets

Depression and type 2 diabetes (T2D) are often seen together (Dutheil et al., 2016). What are the mechanisms in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) associated with these diseases? What are the roles of high-fat diets in anxiety and depression? How can the high-fat … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Sleep, Fatigue, Inflammation, and Advanced Cancer

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Patients with terminal cancer are often troubled with fatigue (Rodrigues et al., 2016). Studies on the mechanisms would be helpful for improving the quality of life of the patients. A … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Inflammation, and Obesity

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Anxiety and depression have been related to the higher levels of inflammation among those with obesity. This group of people may also have the higher risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD) … Continue reading

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Anxiety and Inflammation in Breast Cancer Survivors

Breast cancer survivors often have continuous psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression. Such mood problems may be caused by stress, and affect the quality of life (Pyter et al., 2017). Neuroinflammation may have a critical role in the mood … Continue reading

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Emotional Factors and Fatigue in Adolescents

Fatigue in adolescents may be related to psychological, somatic, and lifestyle factors. In a longitudinal study of 653 adolescent girls, the correlations between the severity of fatigue and psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression were examined (ter Wolbeek et … Continue reading

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Massage Therapy for Pediatric Cancer

Massage therapy has been suggested as a helpful complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) intervention for children with cancer. For example, a meta-analysis of 70 reports showed that massage therapy can be beneficial for alleviating anxiety, depression, constipation, pain, and hypertension … Continue reading

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Psychological Stress and Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer and distress are often seen together. To promote the therapeutic effects and quality of life for the patients, the factors involved in the associations between psychological distress and ovarian cancer need to be found (Arden-Close et al., 2008). … Continue reading

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Cytokines, Depression, and Psychoneuroimmunology

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Cytokines such as interferon (IFN)-alpha may cause dopamine depletion and affect the pathways of monoamine metabolism. Their alterations may result in behavioral changes including depression, psychomotor slowing, and fatigue (Miller, … Continue reading

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Cytokine Therapies and Psychiatric Disorders

Cytokine therapies including interferon-alpha (IF-alpha) and interleukin-2 (IL-2) have been used for cancers and chronic diseases including melanoma, hepatitis C, and multiple sclerosis. However, they may cause neuropsychiatric side effects (Myint et al., 2009). These side effects include depression, anxiety, … Continue reading

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Depression in Older People

Chronic depression and dementia are often seen together in older people. Why do these happen? What are the mechanisms? Studies have found that chronic stress may lead to the alterations in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, as well as serotonergic and … Continue reading

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Psychoneuroimmunology and Ocular Diseases

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Studies in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) have revealed the connections between psychosocial stress and depression with immune dysfunctions and various physical problems (Ventura, 2009). How about ocular diseases? Studies have shown that … Continue reading

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Depression and Skin Disorders

Depressive disorders are often seen together with skin disorders. The rate of the comorbidity of depression and dermatologic diseases is about 30% (Filaković et al., 2009). The disorders in psychodermatology have been classified into three categories (Filaković et al., 2009). … Continue reading

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Obesity, Emotional Conditions, Eating Behaviors, and Inflammation

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Obesity has been associated with chronic low-degree inflammation that can result in stress and behavioral problems. A study investigated the correlations among adiposity, low-grade inflammation, eating behaviors, and emotional conditions … Continue reading

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Sleep loss, Mood, and Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Sleep disturbances have been closely related to pain. What are the influences of sleep loss on mood and pain among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? In a study of 27 … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Depression, and Systemic Sclerosis

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Recent studies including those in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) have collected many evidences on the psychosocial correlations with systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). Systemic sclerosis has been associated with clinical mood disorders including anxiety … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Meditation for Sleep Disorders in Older Adults

Among older adults, sleep disturbances are frequently complained. However, the problems have very limited therapeutic choices. Approaches from mind-body medicine such as mindfulness meditation may help improve sleep quality in this population group with sleep problems. A randomized clinical trial … Continue reading

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Stress, Depression, and Medial Prefrontal Cortex

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Major depressive disorder (MDD) can be triggered by stress experiences. Studies have shown that stress may change the reward processing (Kumar et al., 2015). What are the effects of stress … Continue reading

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What is Psychodermatology

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Skin disorders are often associated with psychological conditions such as stress and anxiety. With more and more evidences linking mind and body, some novel disciplines are emerging, such as Psychodermatology. … Continue reading

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Stress, Childhood Trauma, and Diseases

Psychological stress is an essential factor in health and illnesses. Stress has been closely related to the onset and progression of various psychiatric and physical disorders such as anxiety, depression, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, heart diseases, pain, and cancers (Slavich, 2016). … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Depression, and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology A recent study investigated the association between psychosocial reserve capacity and the conditions of anxiety and depression (Zamora-Racaza et al., 2017). The study was done among 235 patients with systemic … Continue reading

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