Recommended Hints for Improved Lifestyle and Health from Integrative Medicine (IM) In the Critical Situation of COVID-19 | Abstract

Diabetes Research: Open Access

Diabetes Research: Open Access

Article Type: Short Communication

DOI: 10.36502/2020/droa.6164

Diab Res Open Access. 2020 May 21;2(2):17-21

Bando H1,2*
1Medical Research/Tokushima University, Tokushima, Japan
2Director, Shikoku Division of Integrative Medicine Japan (IMJ), Japan

Corresponding Author: Hiroshi BANDO, MD. PhD, FACP ORCID ID
Address: Medical Research/Tokushima University, Nakashowa 1-61, Tokushima 770-0943, Japan.
Received date: 30 April 2020; Accepted date: 16 May 2020; Published date: 21 May 2020

Citation: Bando H. Recommended Hints for Improved Lifestyle and Health from Integrative Medicine (IM) In the Critical Situation of COVID-19. Diab Res Open Access. 2020 May 21;2(2):17-21.

Copyright © 2020 Bando H. This is an open-access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Keywords: COVID-19, Integrative Medicine, New Elderly Association, Integrative Medicine Japan, Mindfulness, Anti-inflammatory Diet

Abbreviations: COVID-19: Coronavirus Disease 2019, IM: Integrative Medicine, NEA: New Elderly Association, IMJ: Integrative Medicine Japan


For the current critical situation of COVID-19 worldwide, several recommended hints for improved lifestyle and health were described from integrative medicine (IM) point of view. It includes some categories as follows. i) Exercise: Hippocrates said that walking is the best medicine. Walking fast, climbing stairs, and squats are effective. ii) Sleep and rhythmic lifestyle: Keep sleep and wake up time regularly, avoid looking at display or VDT work before sleep, and have bright light when waking up, especially sunlight. iii) Mental care: The US CDC presents the stressful influences, such as fear and worry about health, worsening of chronic health problems, and increased use of alcohol. Some recommendations of controlling heart and minds include keeping the natural feeling of being as it is, and mindfulness related to the oriental Zen concept. iv) Nutrition: IM and anti-inflammatory diet were proposed by Dr. Andrew Weil at Arizona University. The diet is based on two diets—the Mediterranean diet and the Okinawan diet. v) IM: Several applicable tips for IM show chiropractic, aromatherapy, supplements, medical herbs, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, acupuncture, and others.


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