By Kevin W. Chen, PhD, MPH
As part of traditional Chinese medicine practice, Qigong refers to the mind-body exercises that integrate breathing, mind, and body adjustments into one. Although not all Qigong forms were created for healing purposes, there are many documented health benefits from different Qigong practices, and heart health is one of the well-studied areas. In this short blog, I would like to summarize the known benefits of Qigong practice for heart health based on scientific literature.
From the Kitchen of Termeh Feinberg, PhD, MPH
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Hawthorn + Other Herbs Tea
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By Termeh Feinberg, PhD, MPH
Affecting more than one in three U.S. adults(1), almost all of us have a friend or loved one who has faced the prospect of troubling and potentially life-threatening heart issues. When it comes to heart health, consistent efforts in prevention may go a long way. Clearly, a healthy lifestyle including exercise and a Mind-Body balance are beneficial for preventing and often treating a variety of chronic conditions, and a recent review of twelve studies found that adding a Mind-body component reduced the occurrence of cardiac events, atherosclerosis, and lowered systolic blood pressure(2). Additionally, consumption of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory pigments (such as resveratrol, anthocyanins, and pigment precursors part of broad classes of flavonols and flavonoids) found in red-blue-purple foods likely prevent heart disease and other, related chronic conditions(3-5); colorful fruits and vegetables(6), as well as the DASH(7) and Mediterranean(8 9) diets, could potentially maintain heart health over time. However, existing research on phytonutrient-dense foods, including herbs, remains relatively sparse.
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