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Development of personalized health monitoring using ultra-weak photon emission based on systems medicine concepts

Promotor: Jan van der Greef; Co-promotors: Mei Wang; Eduard van Wijk

Mengmeng Sun
13 april 2017
Thesis in Leiden Repository

The goal of personalized medicine is to develop a therapy using the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time, in the right patient. Developing a novel, effective strategy for diagnosing disease in individual patients can lead to a more effective personalized approach to disease management and prevention. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)-based concepts, including diagnostic concepts and herbal medicine intervention, can contribute extremely valuable information regarding personalized medicine. Measuring ultra-weak photon emission (UPE) is a non-invasive method for recording the physiological state in living organisms. Delayed luminescence (DL), which is the long-term emission of photons from various materials following excitation with light, has been proposed for use in studying Chinese medicinal herbs. The studies described in this thesis were performed to develop personalized approaches to health monitoring using UPE and DL methods in combination with TCM-based concepts. The results reported in this thesis indicate both UPE and DL have high potential for studying the concepts of medicine at the systems levels, and can be used to develop future research strategies guided by TCM‒based concepts. UPE and DL will likely provide valuable new insights into personalized medicine.