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Madrid, Spain
September 05-07, 2024
ICTM 2024

Charles Shang

Charles Shang, Speaker at Ethnomedicine Conferences
University of California, Davis, United States
Title : Health indicators beyond absence of disease


Observations in several meditative traditions suggest a series of objective indicators of health beyond absence of disease which can be useful for optimizing health. Several of the physical signs have been confirmed by research or are consistent with modern science. This study is to examine the evidence related to the claimed advanced health indicators which include change of body odor and blood color; decrease in bodily secretions, respiratory rate, pulse rate, habituation, food intake and sleep; increase in bidirectional temperature tolerance, gait speed, and light transmission. 

Literature review was conducted in Pubmed and Google Scholar on the health correlation of body odor, bodily secretions, respiratory rate, pulse rate, habituation, food intake, sleep, gait speed, bidirectional temperature tolerance, blood color and light transmission using the related keywords and AI assistance.
Health indicators beyond absence of disease is a promising direction of preventive medicine. Respiratory rate, pulse rate, food intake and gait speed should be integrated into part of a health matrix for assessing a person's health status beyond absence of disease with more research. Body odor is potentially a useful indicator for mental health but more research and technological development is needed to make this more objective and widely applicable. The correlation of habituation and long term health still needs further research.
The other claimed health indicators may happen in rare, advanced practitioners and will be very difficult to study and repeat to establish statistical significance.

Audience Take Away:

  • Objective indicators for optimal health based on meditative traditions
  • the evidence supporting the health indicators
  • potential application in preventive medicine
  • future directions


Dr. Charles Shang received his bachelor’s degree in biology at Peking University, master’s degree in biochemistry at Harvard University and doctor of medicine degree at Boston University School of Medicine. He received the Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation award for publishing the first biological model on acupuncture which has multiple independently confirmed predictions in both conventional biomedical sciences and acupuncture research. His publication on biology of acupuncture has been top-ranked by Google. He is a former faculty member of Harvard Medical School and current faculty member at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine and American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. He is an invited reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine and British Medical Journal. He is on the editorial board of Medical Acupuncture, World Journal of acupuncture-moxibustion, and on the University Cooperation Working Committee of World Federation of Acupuncture Moxibustion Societies.