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17 Mar 2020
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Suboptimal health status (SHS), or subhealth or sub-health(Chinese: 亚健康), can be defined as a state characterized by some disturbances in psychological behaviors or physical characteristics, or in some indices of medical examination, with no typical pathologic features.
It is considered as a therapeutic working concept which defines an intermediate stage between health and disease, which is not quite either status. Human persons who are sub-healthy have any of a range of uncomfortable symptoms but without any obvious and diagnosable illnesses which can be identified through standard medical observation methods. This concept was first presented as ''the third state'' by the scholar of former Soviet Union, Berkman, in the mid-1980s. It is also interpreted as different terms like ''intermediate state'', ''grey state'' or ''a general malaise''. Sub-health is a term which is widely used by Chinese people, or in connection with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).Some feel that the notion of SHS has been invented to sell people medical products.

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