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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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Pueraria Roots for Fever, Headaches, Diarrhea, and Diabetes

[Name] Pueraria Root, Radix Puerariae [Chinese Name] Ge Gen [Parts Used and Preparation] Roots [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Sweet, pungent; cool [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Spleen and Stomach [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb can dispel the pathogenic factors from the … Continue reading

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Herba Asari for Sinusitis, Pain, and Infectious Diseases

[Name] Herba Asari, Asarum heterotropoides [Chinese Name] Xi Xin [Parts Used and Preparation] Roots [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Pungent; warm [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Lung and Kidney [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb can expel exogenous pathogenic wind factors and dispel … Continue reading

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Dahurian Angelica Root for Common Cold, Skin Inflammation, and Pain

[Name] Dahurian Angelica Root, Radix Angelicae Dahuricae [Chinese Name] Bai Zhi [Parts Used and Preparation] Roots [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Pungent; warm [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Lung and Stomach [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb may relieve the exterior symptoms and … Continue reading

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Qigong Can Relieve Long-Term Neck Pain

Researchers in Sweden compared the effectiveness of Qigong and exercise therapy in patients with long-term nonspecific neck pain (Lansinger et al., 2007). A total of 122 patients were involved in the study and had either Qigong training or exercise therapy. … Continue reading

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The Effects of Qigong on Pain and Fibromyalgia (FMS)

Researchers investigated the effects of Qigong on pain using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) (Yu et al., 2007). They examined four male Qigong masters who had more than 30-year experience of Qigong practice. The researchers observed the change of brain … Continue reading

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Qigong can Help Reduce Stress among Hospital Staff

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology People working at hospitals are often under stress. Researchers at University of Colorado studied the effects of Qigong training on stress regulation among hospital staff (Griffith et al., 2008). A … 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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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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Fatigue, Pain, and Stress Relief Meditation

Mental stress may deprive oxygen in muscles and cause exhaustion, tense, and ache all over the body. This is because the body’s response to psychological stress is to burn more energy. Such fast burning of energy may result in exhaustion … Continue reading

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Meditation, Life Style Changes, and Cancer Treatment

Meditation can benefit the recovery from chronic diseases as it helps one make lifestyle changes and deal with pain and stress. It helps detach our emotions from the illness and boost our immune system. It can improve food digestion, blood … Continue reading

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Meditation, Cognition, and Cancer Therapies

Cognitive impairment is often related with cancer, and may limit the quality of life in cancer patients and survivors. Abnormal neurologic structure and function have been reported in cancer patients. Researchers at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center studied … Continue reading

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The Effects of Meditation on Rheumatoid Arthritis with Recurrent Depression

Mindful meditation interventions have been applied for helping relieve chronic stress, depression, and pain. Researchers at Arizona State University studied the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness interventions on pain and the quality of life among patients with rheumatoid … Continue reading

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Effects of Spiritual Meditation on Migraine Headaches

Patients with migraine headaches often have symptoms of depression, anxiety, and low self-efficacy. Spiritual meditation has been found to relieve these symptoms. Researchers at University of Mass Medical Center studied the effects of spiritual meditation on improving pain tolerance and … 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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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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Chronobiology, Chronotherapy, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Chronobiology studies biological cycles or rhythms. Circadian rhythms are critical for the maintenance of cellular and psychophysiological health. Many health problems are affected by the time of day. For example, the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) including joint pain and … Continue reading

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Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, and Sleep Quality

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) often have poor sleep quality (Ulus et al., 2012; Nicassio et al., 2014). For example, in a study of 107 patients, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was found to be associated with the … Continue reading

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Stress Responses, and Personalized Care

The symptoms of trauma-related disorders include both psychological and physiological signs. Evolutionary perspectives of trauma-related disorders have related the primitive mechanisms such as sensitization and dissolution to the stress responses for survival (Baldwin, 2013). The psychological and physiological reactions are … Continue reading

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Meditation for Stress Reduction and Healing Diseases

Although stress response is an adaptive reaction, long-term and chronic stress is harmful to health. Different people may have different symptoms and signs caused by stress. Adrenal glands are usually involved in stress responses and generate hormones including adrenaline and … Continue reading

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The Eight Senses: Touch, Pain, Balance and Kinesthesis

The Eight Senses: Touch, Pain, Balance and Kinesthesis     Types Physical stimulus Equipment Sub-Structures Roles of the Brain Theories Touch Cutaneous receptors for stimuli: pressure, vibration, heat, cold, etc. Hair follicle ending (in the skin): for hair displacement Ruffini … Continue reading

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Concepts about Sensations

Concepts about Sensations   Concepts Explanations Sub-concepts/Examples Explanations Sensation Detection and translation of physical stimulus (sound, light, texture, flavor, etc.) into action potentials via receptor cells in the peripheral nervous system     Transduction The process the stimuli are turned … Continue reading

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