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Qigong Can Relieve Chronic Fatigue

According to Chinese Medicine, chronic fatigue is caused by the disharmony and weakening of Qi. Qigong can provide effective interventions to strengthen and adjust the conditions of Qi for disease prevention and treatment. Researchers in UK evaluated the effects of … Continue reading

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Health Benefits of Qigong for Chronic Diseases

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Researchers studied the clinical benefits and the possible psychophysiological mechanisms of Qigong through meta-analysis of the available randomized controlled trials (RCTs) (Ng and Tsang, 2009). They found that Qigong practices … 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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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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Anxiety, Depression, and Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR)

Increasing evidences have indicated the strong connections between seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) and psychological conditions, especially anxiety and depression. A recent study done in Germany explored the roles of anxiety and depression in the patients with SAR (Trikojat et al. … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Meditation for Healing Insomnia

Meditation can help relieve insomnia through the detachment from the thoughts that are disturbing sleep or making someone wake up during sleep. Meditation in bed can help one falling sleep quickly and promote the sleep quality. The combination of mindfulness … 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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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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Negative Impacts of Electronic Devices on Sleep

The decrease of sleep time and quality in recent decades has led to unhealthy lifestyle and negative impacts on health and performances. A recent survey of more than 1,500 adults in the U.S. showed that about ninety percent of them … Continue reading

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The Effects of Artificial Morning Light on Cognition

Chronic sleep restriction (SR) has detrimental influences on cognitive functions. Although such effects can be reduced by light exposure, it is necessary to find out if naturalistic light conditions such as dawn simulating light can promote daytime cognitive functions continuously … Continue reading

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Mind-Body Methods May Improve Sleep Quality in Cancer Patients

Cancer patients often have sleep problems that influence their quality of life and disease recovery. Mind-body interventions (MBIs) are known to improve sleep quality. It is necessary to find out if MBIs are also beneficial for improving the sleep quality … Continue reading

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Behavioral Problems in Cancer Patients and Survivors: Factors in Psychoneuroimmunology

Behavioral symptoms are commonly seen in cancer patients and survivors. For example, in breast cancer patients, such symptoms include depression, cognitive impairment, sleep disorders, and fatigue (Bower, 2008). These symptoms have adverse effects on the treatment results of cancers. They … Continue reading

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Grief, Bereavement and Immune Dysfunction: The Role of Psychoneuroimmunology

Mental and emotional reactions such as grief and bereavement have been linked to cortisol responses and neuroendocrine activations, as well as alterations in electroencephalography (EEG) records and sleep disorders (Buckley et al., 2012). More importantly, bereavement has been suggested to … Continue reading

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Lucid Dreaming and Meditation

Lucid dreaming is having the awareness consciously when you are dreaming. Only about 20% of people have reported to have lucid dreams frequently. Having lucid dreams is a skill that can be trained and learned. It can also be considered … Continue reading

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The Sleep Cycles, Meditation, and Brain Wave Patterns

We exist in our own subjective minds that cannot be separated from our personal perspective, which make it impossible to reach real objectivity. The brain waves during dream sleep are not much different from those during awake. Dream sleep is … Continue reading

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Meditation, Brain Waves, and Brain Activities

Electroencephalogram (EEG) is an important method measuring the brain waves and the electrical activities of the brain. The slowest waves (about 0.5-2 cycles/second) are called delta waves. Those that cycle about 8-12 times/second are alpha waves. Those that cycle about … Continue reading

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Sleep, Circadian Rhythm, Hypnosis, and Meditation

Sleep, Circadian Rhythm, Hypnosis, and Meditation     Circadian Rhythm   Relevant Brain Structures Locations Influences Pineal gland Close to the hypothalamus Rapid eye movement (REM) Melatonin (low in the morning, high in the evening) Reticular activating system (RAS) Brain … Continue reading

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