Acupuncture Research 2

Nerve Growth Factor and Dementia: Acupuncture Effects

By | July 1st, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, uncategorized|

This is from the lab of Manni et al.  I've been following his work for awhile because of his work on allergies and acupuncture. My previous post discussed his approach to the topic, also involving Nerve Growth Factor (NGF.) J Alzheimers Dis. 2013;33(3):767-73. doi: 10.3233/JAD-2012-121309. Brain cholinergic markers and Tau phosphorylation are altered in experimental [...]

Acupuncture for Orthostatic Hypotension

By | June 16th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

The findings of this study are at odds with studies that show acupuncture at PC6 causes parasympathetic enhancement, not sympathetic enhancement.  So not exactly sure what to make of this one.  Only the abstract is available unfortunately, since I would be interested to see exactly how they measured the HRV.  Also, using healthy volunteers may [...]

Acupuncture and Isometric Exercises for Knee Osteoarthritis

By | June 11th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Fitness and Health|

Knee osteoarthritis has been one true success story for acupuncture research.  In this study, they compare acupuncture and isometric exercise for knee osteoarthritis.  Unfortunately, they don't describe the isometric exercises well. At. all. Int J Prev Med. 2013 Apr;4(Suppl 1):S73-7. Comparison of the effects of acupuncture and isometric exercises on symptom of knee osteoarthritis.Saleki M, [...]

Comprehensive Article on the Physiology of PC6

By | May 18th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Destress with Acupuncture I'm posting this article because it is a treasure trove of the most recent physiology behind the Acupuncture Point PC6, used classically for heart conditions, but famous in latter day culture for its effects on nausea (magnet sea bands), but also thought to increase vagal nerve activity.  Increasing vagal nerve [...]

Acupuncture for Experimentally Induced Epilepsy

By | May 5th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

A study done in China (free paper) showing that, in rats, certain acupoints are effective in mitigating experimentally induced seizures, others less.  They also find that 100Hz is better at controlling seizures, than 10 hz at all points.  An odd side note is that I had just finished reading a paper on Vagal Stimulation ( [...]

My Poster for SAR 2013

By | May 3rd, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Just to be complete.  Here is my final poster for the conference I attended in Ann Arbor for the Society for Acupuncture Research entitled Can Heart Rate Variability Analysis Predict Effective Acupuncture Treatment?A Comparison of Profound Responders and Nonresponders  I made it much more simple than the poster I did for ISAMS in fall 2011 [...]

HRV and Its Acupuncture Potential

By | May 2nd, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

I met Belinda Anderson at the SAR conference in Ann Arbor.  We both are interested in HRV as a potential biomarker for Acupuncture's effectiveness and she authored this incredible paper.  I only had access to its abstract before, but here is a link to the article: HRVarticle[1] Belinda Anderson It is comprehensive, thoughtful and looks [...]

Acupuncture and HRV in Beagles

By | April 28th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

They really were careful to only use 3 dogs.  This is a collaborative study between China and Austria as is typical of the Litscher group. This is a good example of why this works so well.  In China they are able to get around animal issues easier... Free article here. Their results are pretty interesting [...]

Cardiovascular Depressor Response: Longhurst Brain Study

By | April 28th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System|

Blog has been quiet since I was overseas after attending and presenting at the SAR conference in Ann Arbor.  It was a pretty good conference.  No big breakthroughs yet, unfortunately, but incremental progress with brain mapping.  An interesting forum discussion on electroacupuncture versus manual acupuncture.  The upshot was that we don't have enough evidence yet.  [...]

Physiological changes associated with de qi during electroacupuncture

By | April 12th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Wisdom Through the Ages This study looks at "de qi," the classic needling sensation sought in traditional chinese medicine.  In this study, stimulation at 11IG and 4IG lead to an increase in LF/HF ratio or a decrease in HRV, and increase in stress levels.  This is interesting since LI11 stimulation is part [...]

Acupuncture for Gastric and Cardiac Autonomic Function

By | April 11th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

This study contradicts other studies which have found that stimulation of both ST36 and PC6 enhance vagal activity.  Happy to see these kinds of studies nonetheless.  It's interesting that Bladder 32 would have an effect on the GI tract since, traditionally, one doesn't use that point for that.  Also that CV12 increases vagal hrv (presumably [...]

Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation and fMRI

By | March 11th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2|

Nice study looking at a simple treatment for smoking cessation and how the brain images are altered compared to sham acupuncture.  They used the same point as the one in these animal studies looking at  cocaine and alcohol. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2013 Feb 28. [Epub ahead of print] Neural substrates of acupuncture in the modulation of [...]

Comparing Types of Acupuncture Stimulation: Microperfusion and HRV

By | January 5th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

I like studies comparing points and their outcomes.  Here they compare the type of stimulation at the acupuncture points and the resulting changes in the local skin reaction and the subjects HRV and Heart Rate before, during and after the session.  Nicely done! A Transcontinental Pilot Study for Acupuncture Lifting-Thrusting and Twisting-Rotating Manipulations Tao Huang, [...]

Decrease in Preoperative Anxiety with One Point Acupuncture Treatment

By | December 30th, 2012|Acupuncture Research 2, Stress, uncategorized|

Simple, one point treatment. A  treatment using a single ear tack placed on Yin Tang for 20 minutes before surgery (perhaps an ear tack was used to avoid issues with the needle falling out with patient movement) compared to a sham acupuncture point, showed decreased anxiety by  two different outcome measurements. No change [...]

Acupuncture in Lab Mice for Alcohol Withdrawal

By | December 30th, 2012|Acupuncture Research 2|

Ancient Wisdom Through the AGes This study shows that electroacupuncture during alcohol withdrawal in mice improves with electroacupuncture of 100 Hz at Du14 and Du 20 and not at Susanli and Neiguan.  This study is beyond my expertise, but I applaud the study design which compares acupoints as well as including controls.  In [...]

Breech Babies Verted with Moxibustion

By | December 20th, 2012|Acupuncture Research 2|

Moxibustion (burning of mugwort) near the classic point for version of a breech presentation leads to 58%  vertex presentation at birth as opposed to 43% of pregnant women who had non-specific moxabustion.  Well powered study of 406 healthy pregnant women.   Nice!  Their conclusion "Moxibustion at acupuncture point BL67 is effective and safe to correct non-vertex [...]

Hormesis: Benefits of Low Dose Stressors

By | December 14th, 2012|Acupuncture Research 2, First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health|

One strategy in my mission to improve  acupuncture results is to find models in nature that explain why humans would have evolved to respond to acupuncture.  What is it mimicking in nature that makes it have it's healing properties?  For example, is it an analog of grooming, or touch? I came across the concept of [...]

Acupuncture, Itch and the Brain

By | December 13th, 2012|Acupuncture Research 2|

Oh the Itch!! Oh to Scratch! From Napadow, the brain circuitry of itching and where verum acupuncture seems to be working  at the brain level. Cereb Cortex. 2012 Dec 4 The Brain Circuitry Mediating Antipruritic Effects of Acupuncture. Napadow V, Li A, Loggia ML, Kim J, Schalock PC, Lerner E, Tran TN, Ring [...]

Auricular Acupuncture on Gastrointestinal Mobility and HRV

By | December 13th, 2012|Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

Fractals in Nature: HRV Is One of Them The topic of vagal tone is key to our understanding of stress and HRV.  We've looked at acupuncture and GI motility (upper and lower) before. In this study, they looked at auricular acupuncture (AA) , somatic/body acupuncture (SA)and its effect on GI motility and HRV [...]

Adenosine and Acupuncture Pain Relief

By | December 1st, 2012|Acupuncture Research 2, uncategorized|

Recent studies have shown that adenosine increases with acupuncture, suggesting that acupuncture works partially through adenosine A1 receptors.  This study suggests that the response is specific to acupoints and requires rotation of the needle.  This study looks at the response to Zusanli, one of the most commonly used points in acupuncture.  I'm glad to see [...]

Acupuncture and Arthritis

By | November 27th, 2012|Acupuncture Research 2|

Acupuncture can help! This is from Acufinder, a directory for Acupuncturists.  As usual they do incredibly poor referencing to original sources, but thought that there might be interest. "Alleviate Arthritis Pain Arthritis isn't just one disease, but a complex disorder comprised of more than 100 distinct conditions that can affect people at any [...]

FMRI Verifies Distinct Acupoints

By | November 11th, 2012|Acupuncture Research 2|

Basic study showing that different acupuncture points (LI4,ST36,LV3) all show up distinctly on fMRI. Important in laying the basis for using precribed acupuncture points instead of random needling. This is from the same center as Vitaly Napadow, so though not listed, he was probably involved. Am J Chin Med. 2012;40(4):695-712. doi: 10.1142/S0192415X12500528. Commonality and specificity [...]

Study on Acupuncture and Multiple Sclerosis: Improves QOL

By | November 10th, 2012|Acupuncture Research 2|

Acupuncture Help for MS? I don't usually link to these kinds of articles because false promises made for debilitating diseases is the last thing that acupuncture should be associated with.  This new Brazilian study was well done, however, and well powered.  The subjects received electroacupuncture treatment weekly for 6 months.  That time frame [...]