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ISSN 2573-4393

OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine , Volume 4 , Issue 3 (2019)

Pages: 230

Published: October 2019

(This book is a printed edition that was published in OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine)

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Cover story: Physical and mental exercise combined with optimized nutrition, sleep, and stress management resulted in reduction of cognitive decline for five patients over age 55 with clinical cognitive impairment. fMRI analyses revealed changes in brain connectivity and overall efficiency while patients reported improved memory, mental clarity, and outlook on life. View this paper.

Volume 4,Issue 3

Open Access Comment

Clinical, Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Chronic Pain and Their Application in a Hypnosis Practice

Received: 01 July 2019;  Published: 26 September 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903057


Hypnosis interventions consistently produce significant decreases in pain associated with a variety of chronic-pain problems (Elkins, Jensen & Patterson 2007) while neurophysiological studies have shown that specific hypnotic suggestions have clear effects on the brain and spinal cord functionin [...]

Open Access Original Research

Treatment of Chronic Post Surgical Pain Using Micro-current Point Stimulation Applied to C-Section Scars

Received: 25 March 2019;  Published: 25 September 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903056


Background: Direct Current (DC) microcurrent point stimulation (MPS) is increasingly recognized as a therapy for chronic pain and stress management. However, there remains limited evidence as to the therapeutic value in chronic of MPS chronic post surgical pain (CPSP) management related to C-Sectio [...]

Open Access Perspective

Shedding Light on a New Psychology of Movement and Exercise

Received: 24 July 2019;  Published: 24 September 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903055


Let’s consider the issues of exercise and cognitive function from a different angle, by moving from sitting to standing for instance. Not only does seeing anything from different perspectives reflect our cognitive flexibility [1], it also has a direct impact on the executive performance. Interesting [...]

Open Access Original Research

Feasibility of a Functional Medicine Approach to Slowing Clinical Cognitive Decline in Patients over Age 55: A Multiple Case Study Report

Received: 29 April 2019;  Published: 06 September 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903054


(1) Background: The current study examined a multifaceted anti-neuroinflammatory intervention that included physical exercise, mental exercise, grain-free/sugar-free diet, anti-inflammatory nutritional supplements, sleep optimization, and stress management within the context of a functional medicine [...]

Open Access Original Research

Assessing the Pressure and Thermal Discomfort Thresholds for Designing of Therapeutic Gloves: A Pilot Study

Received: 25 February 2019;  Published: 02 September 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903053


Background: Pressure and thermal therapy glove are the two types of therapeutic gloves that are commonly used to relieve symptoms and improve hand function in patients with hand arthritis. However, no published clinical studies exist indicating the ideal pressure and thermal stimuli for the gloves. [...]

Open Access Review

Does a Single Bout of Aerobic Exercise Improve Set Shifting in Healthy Young Adults? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Received: 24 April 2019;  Published: 28 August 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903052


This systematic review investigated whether acute aerobic exercise improves following set-shifting performance in healthy young individuals using meta-analytic techniques. Moreover, it was examined if the after-effect of acute aerobic exercise on set-shifting performance in healthy young adults is m [...]

Open Access Review

A Review on Acupuncture as a Non-Pharmacological Treatment for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

Received: 07 June 2019;  Published: 20 August 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903051


The incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is increasing due to more mothers using illicit drugs. This results in an increase in costs and resources for the healthcare system. Newborns with NAS might experience withdrawal symptoms that can cause pain, distress, and may potentially increase [...]

Open Access Short Report

Walk with Me

Received: 14 May 2019;  Published: 07 August 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903050


The author writes a genuine story using a narrative medicine writing style [1]. She relates how she applied mindfulness awareness and meditation practices to accompany her best friend, Abigail* , who struggled through stages 3 and 4 breast cancer, including its noxious treatments and upsetting side [...]

Open Access Review

A Review of Factors Affecting the Acute Exercise-Cognition Relationship in Children and Adolescents

Received: 29 April 2019;  Published: 02 August 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903049


It is well documented that an acute bout of exercise has a positive effect on subsequent cognitive function in young people. However, the moderating variables (such as the exercise intensity, duration and modality; and the domain of cognitive function assessed) and mediating variables (such as the p [...]

Open Access Comment

Compassion in a Doctor-Patient Relationship: Objectively Measuring Compassionate Behavior Using the Emotional Availability (EA) Scales

Received: 13 March 2019;  Published: 25 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903048


Most research on compassion utilizes self-report measures (Seppala, Simon-Thomas, Brown, Worline, Cameron, & Doty, in press). Indeed, when it comes to the measurement of self-compassion, the subjective report of the individual can provide an authentic window about compassion toward the self. Ho [...]

Open Access Opinion

How to Heal the Healer: Combating Burnout Using Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Received: 13 June 2019;  Published: 24 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903047


We explore how medical culture contributes to burnout. Highlighting specific programs aimed at developing compassion and mindfulness skills, we share our own perspectives and experiences implementing similarly focused programs. Promising results on the application of compassion-based programs show e [...]

Open Access Communication

Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) as a Complementary Medicine for Women to Adjust Their Autonomic Nervous Systems and Induce Specific Brain Waves - A Case Report

Received: 04 March 2019;  Published: 15 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903046


Sleep is very important to maintain the health of physiology and psychology, especially for women. Many studies proved the symptoms of sleep disturbance can cause inflammation, coagulation, insulin resistance and psychosocial distress in women than in men. A lot of medications were used to treat sle [...]

Open Access Review

Breath Practices for Survivor and Caregiver Stress, Depression, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Connection, Co-regulation, Compassion

Received: 10 April 2019;  Published: 12 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903045


Does compassion itself benefit the healing process or does the activation of neurophysiological processes, from which the experience of compassion arises, trigger a cascade of physical and psychological changes that support health and well-being? Exploration of the neurological substrates of compass [...]

Open Access Commentary

Compassion in Medical Practice

Received: 25 April 2019;  Published: 08 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903044


Compassion and kindness can be cultivated and enhanced. Over the years in medical practice I have witnessed many healthcare workers, after having worked with kind and caring practitioners, become progressively more humane. Those of us who are teachers need to be mindful of that. In educating new [...]

Open Access Review

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Usage in Breast Cancer

Received: 27 February 2019;  Published: 05 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903043


(1) Background: Especially women with breast cancer look for offers from complementary and alternative medicine for various reasons. Unfortunately, the value of most offer has to be considered unclear. (2) Methods: This review was to identify reasonable strategies for patients with breast cancer bas [...]

Open Access Original Research

Effect of Acute Moderate-Intensity Exercise on Autobiographical Episodic Memory and Semantic Memory

Received: 27 April 2019;  Published: 04 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903042


The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of acute moderate-intensity exercise on autobiographical episodic memory and semantic memory. A two-arm, parallel-group randomized controlled intervention was employed. The experimental group engaged in an acute bout of treadmill exercise for 1 [...]

Open Access Original Research

Assessing the Impact of a Game-Centered Mobile App on Community-Dwelling Older Adults’ Health Activation

Received: 11 April 2019;  Published: 04 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.1903041


Background: Older adults’ experience normative age-graded declines in physical and cognitive performance and many must manage one or more chronic conditions. Exercise programs can help to improve both their physical health and their knowledge, skill, and confidence in managing aspects of their own h [...]