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ISSN 2573-4393

OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine , Volume 7 , Issue 1 (2022)

Pages: 187

Published: April 2022

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

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Cover story: While many benefits of mindfulness-based-programs have been reported, the background of mindfulness (Buddhist) may sometimes be a barrier to Christians. In this article, poetry is introduced as a way to engage Christians in mindfulness practice, with comparisons drawn between Christian poetry and themes previously identified in secular and Buddhist poetry. View this paper.

Volume 7,Issue 1

Open Access Original Research

Co-administration of Zingiber officinale Extract and Sodium Valproate Ameliorates Seizure Severity, Cognitive Deficit, and Neuronal Cell Loss in Pentylenetetrazole-kindled Mice

Received: 25 February 2022;  Published: 31 March 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201013


Preparations of Zingiber officinale are used in Nigerian folk medicine to manage colds, pain, arthritis, nausea, and epilepsy. The ameliorative effects of co-administering aqueous Zingiber officinale extract (GE) and sodium valproate (SDV) on pen [...]

Open Access Case Report

Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) is Feasible and Acceptable in Pre-conditioning and Post-operative Recovery of Patients after Total Knee arthroplasty (TKA): A Clinical Case Series

Received: 03 February 2022;  Published: 21 March 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201012


Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) for minimal to moderate Kellgren and Lawrence grade knee osteoarthritis has significant evidence for effectiveness. The effect of PBMT in severe grades of osteoarthritis is less clear; and no studies have investigated the effect of PBMT before and after knee replacement surgery. This small study (n=4) aimed to understand the potential feasibility of undertaking a future randomised controlled clinical trial of a self-administered, home-based light patch system be [...]

Open Access Research Article

Holy be the Lay: A Way to Mindfulness Through Christian Poetry

Received: 23 November 2021;  Published: 11 March 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201011


Mindfulness practices have exploded in popularity in public awareness and in therapeutic applications. While mindfulness in a therapeutic context is presented as a secular practice, its primarily Buddhist heritage may make some Christian clients wary of engaging. Research indicates that both reflection (co-creation) on poetry and creation of poetry can be therapeutic, and that both Buddhist and secular/therapeutic mindfulness texts use poetry to convey meaning through key themes of nature, chang [...]

Open Access Commentary

Cluster Sets for Muscle Hypertrophy: A Short Review

Received: 25 November 2021;  Published: 09 March 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201010


Cluster-set resistance training is focused on performance improvements of sports by increasing the repetition maximum, jump height, and efficiency in the sprint. In this commentary, we present relevant aspects to optimize the use of cluster training under the context of muscle hypertrophy. Therefore, we address intra-sets pauses, the number of repetitions per block, and strategies that benefit this methodology. During a cluster set resistance training program, not only the total numb [...]

Open Access Short Review

Mindfulness in Well-Being, Cognition and Learning: Benefits on Higher Education and Health-Care Professions

Received: 14 November 2021;  Published: 04 March 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201009


Mindfulness is a form of meditation that can be defined as one’s ability to be present to the surroundings and environment, and not overreact to what is happening around us. With the recent pandemic still affecting the world, more studies have recently become known describing the suitability of mindfulness to prevent and manage mental health. This fact alone offers grounds for mindfulness practices to be added to any stressful environment, including Institutions of higher education a [...]

Open Access Original Research

Experimental Phenomenology as Personalized Health Intervention: A Case Illustration

Received: 27 July 2021;  Published: 15 February 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201008


Experimental phenomenology is the investigation of phenomenological practices and their effects. To engage in a phenomenological practice means to focus attention on aspects of one’s experiences (e.g., sense impressions or body sensations) while adopting a specific kind of attitude (e.g., an explorative attitude) according to some set of instructions. The basic assumption is that the regulation of attention and attitudes involved in such practices may have effects on people’s health [...]

Open Access Review

Kidney Transplantation during the COVID-19 Pandemic: From Past through Present Time of Emerging Vaccine

Received: 02 May 2021;  Published: 07 February 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201007


The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has significantly impacted kidney transplantation worldwide. The rate of kidney transplantation decreased during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially living donor kidney transplantation. Kidney transplant recipients are at high risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19 due to underlying comorbidities and immunosuppressed status. Management of immunosuppression, including t [...]

Open Access Original Research

Mothers’ Strategies for Promoting Children’s Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Screen-Related Behaviors

Received: 19 October 2021;  Published: 29 January 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201006


Parents model and teach early health practices that persist into adulthood by establishing a family culture through which children learn related family beliefs, values, and expectations. This phenomenological study examined the ways in which a purposefully selected group of mothers (selected due to their high scores on the Family Nutrition and Physical Activity screening tool) shaped family culture related to physical activity, addressed screen-time behaviors [...]

Open Access Commentary

Sensorimotor Therapy Using Vestibular Stimulation: A Complementary Method for ‘Treatment’ of Developmental Coordination Disorder and a Possible Way to Awaken the Innate Potential for a Physically Active Life

Received: 15 August 2021;  Published: 29 January 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201005


The aim of this commentary is to present characteristics of an “unidentified psychological barrier,” which we previously have speculated to be associated with vestibular underachievement, an overlooked part for the understanding of the resistance to physical activity as well as in the assessments and interventions of developmental coordination disorder (DCD). Furthermore, we will discuss the importance of its identification and how to push knowledge forward. A de [...]

Open Access Interview

An Interview with Dr. Paul J. Arciero

Received: 25 January 2022;  Published: 28 January 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201004


Interview with Dr. Paul J. Arciero. Precision lifestyle medicine and implementation science are the emerging frontiers of research in his field. He is an applied physiology and nutrition scientist, specializing in evidence-based scientific research on integrative and complementary lifestyle strategies to optimize health, wellness, and performance in individuals and organizations of all ages, fitness and health status. Specifically, his PRISE® Life protocol emphasizes a qualitative approach to nu [...]

Open Access Original Research

Head Circumference as An Indicator of Nutritional Status in Critically Ill Children under 2 Years of Age

Received: 11 October 2021;  Published: 26 January 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201003


Many clinical, biochemical, and anthropometric factors have been used to determine the nutritional status of critically ill children. One of the most commonly used anthropometric measurements in children is the head circumference. It is used to assess their development, and in some instances, can be an indicator of chronic malnutrition. We aim to study the association between head circumference and the nutritional status of critically ill children under 2 years old. We retro [...]

Open Access Research Article

Effects of the Phytochemical Combination PB123 on Nrf2 Activation, Gene Expression, and the Cholesterol Pathway in HepG2 Cells

Received: 21 September 2021;  Published: 10 January 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201002


There has been a long history of human usage of the biologically-active phytochemicals in Salvia rosmarinus, Zingiber officinale, and Sophora japonica for health purposes, and we recently reported on a combination of those plant materials as the PB123 dietary supplement. In the present work we extended those studies to evaluate activation of the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) transcription factor and d [...]

Open Access Editorial

Acknowledgement to Reviewers of OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine in 2021

Received: 05 January 2022;  Published: 06 January 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201001


The editors of OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine would like to express their sincere gratitude to the following reviewers for assessing manuscripts in 2021. We greatly appreciate the contribution of expert reviewers, which is crucial to the journal's editorial process. We aim to recognize reviewer contributions through several mechanisms, of which the annual publication of reviewer names is one. Reviewers receive a voucher entitling them to a discount on their next LIDSEN publication an [...]