Benefits

The benefits of acupuncture

Acupuncture for Treatment and Prevention of Neurological Diseases: Modulation of Neurogenesis

By | May 6th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Benefits|

Ancient Wisdom Through the Ages I usually don't post studies on the neurological research that is omnipresent in acupuncture literature because I think it's too soon.  But I listened to a podcast yesterday, where the relatively well known researcher was making claims and recommendations about diet and supplements.  Acupuncture research is at the [...]

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Clinical Case: Acupuncture for Constipation, HRV Pa.Ma

By | March 7th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results This is a nice case.  She has responded well to acupuncture with improvement in a lifelong problem with constipation.  This should be a text book example of improvement in vagal activity.  What do we see?  It illustrates the value of looking at individual treatments as [...]

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Acupuncture for Vertigo, Autonomics and HRV: Sh.Ga

By | February 26th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results This data is from a new patient who has intractable vertigo.  Patients with vertigo tend to have higher stress levels in general, and if that improves it may help since treating vertigo can be challenging. She is a 70+ woman who appears younger than [...]

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Electroacupuncture for Constipation: Animal Study

By | February 11th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits|

Ancient Wisdom Through the Ages   I see the problem of constipation quite a bit in the clinic, so I'm glad to have this reference.  Stim was at 2 to 15 hz. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Oct 18;16(1):392. Electroacupuncture at acupoint ST 37(Shangjuxu) improves function of the enteric nervous system in a [...]

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Clinical Case: Allergies, GI and HRV De.Bo edition

By | February 6th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Stress levels during treatment and over time LF/HF Nonlinear and Parasympathetic Activity (Rest and Digest) combined over time   I have been treating this patient for years.  Her main issues have been allergies, fatigue, and gastrointestinal.  She has found that the estim device has been quite helpful and she ended up [...]

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Clinical Case: Cosmetic Acupuncture, Migraine and HRV Mi.Do.

By | February 6th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Kuan Yin Who Hears the Cries of the World This is another case looking at stress reduction with cosmetic acupuncture, similar to this one.  This patient also had migraines and lesser headaches which have also improved significantly. We can see the over stress levels, LF/HF tending to decrease.  But parasympathetic (rest and digest [...]

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Clinical Case: Migraine and HRV El.Ma. Exception Makes the Rule?

By | February 5th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This has been a gratifying case from the standpoint of clinical results.  Quick decisive elimination of her migraines.  She did have a migraine related to the flu within the last two weeks, but that was a rare exception.  Her pharmacy called her withing a few months of her starting [...]

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Case Study: Stress and Cosmetic Ch.Ma edition

By | January 29th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress, uncategorized|

Kuan Yin who hears the cries of the world These graphs are from a patient I've been seeing since the summer for cosmetic acupuncture and stress reduction.  She enjoys her treatments and looks forward to the relaxation they provide.  Notice how even though there are some "bumps" in her data during treatment, over [...]

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Acupuncture, Allergy and Stress Data Clinical Case Study Da.Ba.

By | October 12th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern The "Case of the Day"  is a patient I've been treating for years to keep his allergies away.  It has worked well and he continues to come in monthly for a "booster."  I use a protocol that I found which shows that this protocol (electroacupuncture at LI 11 and [...]

Acupuncture for PMS,and Stress Data Clinical Case Study Ja.Le.

By | October 11th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This is the story and data from a patient who has severe PMS and comes in before her cycle every month to relieve the irritability, and recently the painful breasts.  She also has some mild hypertension.  In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) PMS is a liver stagnation issue, as is [...]

Clinical Migraine Treatment: Submission for Alternative and Complementary Therapies

By | October 4th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

I might as well publish this here, since it seems to take forever for submissions to see the light of day.  (Update May, 2017 published and in the waiting room!) This was a short submission in answer to a call for papers asking how we treat migraine in our practice.  It's one of my specialties [...]

Acupuncture for Fertility and HRV (Br.Vi)

By | September 27th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

This data is from a patient I successfully treated for fertility a few years ago.  She is now back for "round two." I will probably keep this data on draft until we know what happens vis a vis pregnancy.  Given that many of the acupuncture protocols are aimed at improving uterine blood flow, and vagal [...]

HRV, Stress and Multiple Sclerosis

By | September 26th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern We have discussed this patient who has multiple sclerosis before, but this is her updated data.  Keep in mind this is a patient who is presently asymptomatic, and comes in for treatment to lower her stress in order to optimize her immune function.  So this data is useful. It shows optimization, ie lower [...]

Migraine and Stress Levels, HRV, and Results(Sa.Be.)

By | September 17th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

More data from one of the migraine patients featured here.  Remember decreasing stress levels as measured by HRV, improves pain, immune function, mood and longevity.  In the case of migraine, it raises the threshold that will lead to migraine.  In this case, she has now has had 5 visits, with no migraine in spite of [...]

Acupuncture, HRV and High Blood Pressure (Jo.Ma)

By | August 21st, 2016|Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

As part of my ongoing research on stress response and acupuncture treatment,  today's post features  data from a patient seeking treatment for hypertension, and also knee stiffness after bilateral knee replacements. I'm featuring his Heart Rate Variability (HRV) data ( a measure of his stress response) complexity data combined with the parasympathetic activity because it [...]

Clinical Case Study: HRV and PMS

By | June 5th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Kuan Yin Goddess of Compassion This is the current iteration of the protocol I'm working on.  The goal is to get the most favorable increase in HRV during a treatment, which will then (in theory) translate into best clinical outcomes, stress reduction, better mood. This treatment from 6.2.16 was a combination of the [...]

Acupuncture Effective For Anxiety: Near Infrared Spectroscopy Study

By | June 5th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Stress|

Clinically, Acupuncture helps anxiety disorder in patients.  Indeed, this was one of the more profound results I noted early in my Acupuncture practice.  This study shows what is happening in the brain.  My studies explore the autonomic balance. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26782225 Adv Exp Med Biol. 2016;876:297-302. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3023-4_37. Effects of Acupuncture on Anxiety Levels and Prefrontal Cortex [...]

Electroacupuncture Improves Insulin Resistance Review

By | June 4th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Benefits, Fitness and Health|

This careful review of the literature shows that electroacupuncture improves insulin resistamce in a variety of conditions. Acupunct Med. 2016 Jun 2. Treatment of insulin resistance by acupuncture: a review of human and animal studies. Martinez B1, Peplow PV2. Author information 1Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Merced, USA. 2Department of Anatomy, [...]

Microneedling adjunct to Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation

By | March 2nd, 2016|Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Fitness and Health|

Simple and effective This is a good summary of the benefits of microneedling.  This article gives instructions to Acupuncture practitioners on how to use it in the clinic.  I prefer to have patients use it themselves.  Acupuncture Facial rejuvenation has benefits that go deeper than collagen stimulation, but the microneedling can be quite [...]

Braverman Test and Chinese Medicine

By | February 1st, 2016|Benefits, Fitness and Health|

Here is the long form Braverman Test.  This is a test that I was alerted to by  Zach Haigney.  Charles Poliquin, a world famous trainer, drew the correlation between the braverman test, and Chinese Medicine types on the Tim Ferriss show.  A rundown is here. Poliquin Thing is, the rundown gives you the [...]