Let's start from Mars500
“Mars500” is an international experiment project to explore Mars initiated by Russia and participated by many countries.It is the first time for human being to simulate the whole process of manned experiment flying to Mars, around the Mars and landing in Mars and back to Earth. The experiment was carried out in Moscow. Six volunteers stayed for 520 days in sealed cabin and overcame difficulties and completed the simulation experiment.
China’s project was“Mars500 TCM syndrome differentiation study in sealed environment for long time”. Daosh four diagnostic instrument was selected by expert team as the only TCM equipment.
what's sub-health conditions?
Why do I feel weak while my health examination shows nothing wrong?
Astronaut health and job performance are required assessment to ensure safety in long term manned flight. However, in the long interstellar flight, astronaut will face such a health problem: my western medicine indicators are good, but why did I feel uncomfortable? Such as bad appetite, Insomnia, Anxiety, Uclers, Emaciation, Gaunt...
Bad appetite,insomnia,anxiety,ulcers,emaciation,gaunt...etc. sub-health conditions not only happen to our Astronauts but also very popular in lots of people while western medicine indicators show normal.
Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) emphasizes " The concept of holism" and " Syndrome differentiation and treatment" , and has unique features and advantages in the assessment of function and health conditions.
In Mars500 experimetns, six volunteers in the mild to moderate fatigue state, the overall autonomic nerve function is more exciting, still at a fairly balanced state, showing varying degrees of sub-health conditions, but no disease. After well-tried, there were signs of recovery in the late stages of the trial. Signs of this dynamic change can be recorded in a responsive vein, which can show the health of the volunteers and can be used as a reference for health assessment.
By TCM four diagnosis, it shows that "Qi" deficiency is the basis of the long airtight environment throughout the card type. All 6 volunteers had "Qi" deficiency syndrome throughout the experiment; it is accompanied by different degrees of liver depression, spleen deficiency, dampness or Yin deficiency.
So TCM focus on Qi deficiency syndrome, combining with the astronauts individual physical differences, targeting to individualized Chinese Medicine and non-drug intervention of TCM nursing measures, to improve the level of overall health in long-term manned missions.
For more than thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Acupuncture have been used for treating Qi deficiency syndromes etc. sub-health conditions, and it Rocks.