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Int J Environ Res Public Health ; 20(3)2023 01 28.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2286969


Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is purposely elicited by some individuals to promote health and mental wellbeing. The aim of the current study was to explore how ASMR is used and its perceived benefits in a student population. We employed semi-structured qualitative interviews, with eight female students who self-reported as ASMR-sensitive users. Inductive thematic analysis, underpinned by a phenomenological framework, was applied to the data. Two themes, each with three subthemes, were identified; these highlighted the journey from first discovering ASMR to present experience and the use of ASMR to promote health and mental wellbeing both directly and indirectly. For some, ASMR was used daily, whilst for others it was used in a relapsing-remitting fashion: usage increased when struggling with mental wellbeing and was most often used as a tool to induce sleep or distraction when feeling anxious. Participants also reported ASMR-eliciting content as intriguing, and that the phenomenon was regarded as taboo. ASMR appears to play an important role in promoting health and mental wellbeing; frequency of use, preferred triggers, and purpose of use varied, highlighting its flexible and subjective nature. It provides a potential cost-effective tool in populations such as students where mental health needs are burgeoning.

Meridians , Sleep Aids, Pharmaceutical , Humans , Female , Health Promotion , Emotions , Students
Comput Intell Neurosci ; 2022: 3900094, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2020498


This work presents a data-driven method for identifying the potential core acupoint combination in COVID-19 treatment through mining the association rules from the retrieved scientific literature and guidelines for prevention and treatment of COVID-19 published all over China. It is based on the representation of the acupoint data in a binary form, the use of a novel association rule mining algorithm properly tailored for discovering the relationship of acupoint groups among combinations of different descriptions. The proposed method is applied to the real database of acupoint descriptions collected from published literature and guidelines. The obtained results show the effectiveness of the proposed method.

Acupuncture Therapy , COVID-19 Drug Treatment , Meridians , Acupuncture Points , Humans
J Acupunct Meridian Stud ; 15(1): 37-42, 2022 Feb 28.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1772266


Background: The primo vascular system can be viewed as a circulatory system that plays a therapeutic function in regenerating the body tissue. The anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody was used as an immunotherapeutic agent to treat the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). Objectives: In this study, we observed the effect of injecting lymph nodes with Foralumab, an anti- human CD3 epsilon therapeutic monoclonal antibody, on primo vessels. Methods: The structure and atomic stoichiometry of the antibody were determined by transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Alcian blue dying solution was injected into the lymph nodes of the abdominal vena cava of rabbits, and the solution further flowed into the lymph vessels. Results: A primo vessel with primo nodes stained with Alcian blue was clearly visible in the lymph vessel. By injecting Foralumab into lymph nodes of rabbits with lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation, the floating primo vessel in the lymph vessel appeared thicker and was distinctly visible. Conclusion: The observation of the primo vessel post-treated with Foralumab in the inflamed lymphatic system suggests the possibility of a functional role of the primo vascular circulatory system in pathophysiological conditions.

COVID-19 , Lymphatic Vessels , Meridians , Alcian Blue/chemistry , Animals , Antibodies, Monoclonal/analysis , Inflammation , Lipopolysaccharides/adverse effects , Lipopolysaccharides/analysis , Lymphatic Vessels/chemistry , Rabbits , Staining and Labeling