Incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in modern day society: over-the-counter supplement and TCM formulae

Note: I did not have any formal training in TCM practices. The TCM ingredients described below are mostly plant-based. In this article, ying/yang balance or the principle of ‘jun, Chen, zuo, shi’ (arbitrarily translated as principle/auxillary) won’t be discussed. Nowadays, various herbal extracts were available in health stores as ‘health supplements, which are not subjected … Read more

Incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in modern day society: thoughts of a fellow molecular biologist

In June 2018, World Health Organization (WHO) released new International classification of Diseases (ICD 11), in which Chapter 26 includes now the standardized wordings for diseases and diagnoses from TCM perspectives. In May this year, it caught the attention of the mass media. While TCM practitioners and supporters celebrated the news, physicians and medical scientists … Read more

Meta-analysis on the safety profile on taking melatonin supplement

Melatonin is an important hormone regulating our sleep. It is produced in the pineal gland in our brain and can also be manufactured and sold as supplement in forms of pills and capsules. In European countries, melatonin supplements are available only with prescriptions, however, in U.S., oral supplements of melatonin are available over-the-counter. In U.S., … Read more