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Altered Autonomic Activity in Patients with Premenstrual Syndrome

By | August 21st, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Fitness and Health, Heart Rate Variability|

This condition responds very well to acupuncture.  It can take up to 3 cycles to see effect, but once treated the effects are long lasting. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2004 Jul;29(6):733-40. Heart rate variability in premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Landén M1, Wennerblom B, Tygesen H, Modigh K, Sörvik K, Ysander C, Ekman A, Nissbrandt H, Olsson M, Eriksson E. [...]

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Migraine and Heart Rate Variability: Autonomic Impairment in Migraine Patients

By | August 20th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

"Reduced parasympathetic activity with sympathetic predominance was found in migraine patients during the night period, most affected being migraine with aura patients." Interesting to see.  Some migraine patients I see, indeed, have a high baseline stress level.  But not certainly not all.   Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2015 Oct;19(20):3922-7. Autonomic impairment in patients with [...]

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Using Neuromodulation for Migraine

By | August 18th, 2017|Big Pharma|

Bioelectronics Company That is Targeting Migraine Treatment Raises $6 Million July 4, 2017 - Israel-based medical device company Theranica Bio-electronics raised $6 million in Series A financing, which it will use on the regulatory process for its first product, an acute treatment for migraine. The company said its device is in a pivotal study in [...]

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Hormesis and Sepsis

By | August 17th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

Exercise: A form of Hormesis I link to this article not because it even mentions acupuncture, but because hormesis is mentioned more and more.  Hormesis is the phenomenon of a slight stressor conferring some protection to the organism.  A classic example is exercise.  In exercise you stress yourself to a point, but not [...]

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Auriculo Micro Testing of the Ear for Autonomic Activity

By | August 16th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results I copied a fair amount of this article because the methodology is of interesting to me because I've always wondered if the response to needling itself (seconds to minutes) tells us anything about the patient's susceptibility to treatment or even innate resilience.  This study discussed [...]

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TAVNS (transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation) and HRV: Jo.Ru., La.Ja. edition

By | August 15th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results As blog readers may know, I've been experimenting with TAVNS in patients, not only to see how they feel with/after treatment, but also to study their HRV (stress levels) with it.  As with most of my clinical work, the results are always somewhat equivocal.  [...]

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Auricular Vagal Stim RAVANS and Migraine

By | August 14th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This study looks at using interictal (between migraine attacks) auricular stimulation coordinated with exhalation with detailed analysis of brain regions affected.  As far as I can tell, they don't show actual reduction in migraine attacks, but infer that it might happen from the brain changes and connectivity noted.  The [...]

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Mediterranean Diet, Not Statins, reduce all cause mortality

By | August 10th, 2017|First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

World J Cardiol. 2015 Jul 26; 7(7): 404–409. Published online 2015 Jul 26. doi:  10.4330/wjc.v7.i7.404 PMCID: PMC4513492 Cholesterol confusion and statin controversy Robert DuBroff and Michel de Lorgeril This paper highlights something that I don't stress enough.  I understand why people want to take a medication for health issues.  It's easy to do and it's [...]

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Stress Monitoring (HRV), Acupuncture and Migraine: Sh.Pa. edition

By | August 8th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results This data is from a relatively new patient with migraines.  She has had few migraines since starting acupuncture treatment, but it's early yet, so hard to know for sure.                   This data represents overall stress levels.   [...]

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Improvement in Cognitive Function with 3 times per week Electroacupuncture for one month

By | August 5th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Fitness and Health|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results This study shows an improvement in brain activity with 3 times a week, low frequency electroacupuncture at Ki6 and Bl 62. (Acupuncturists will recognize both of those points as opening points for "Special" meridians.) The P300 is an actual measure of brain activity which [...]

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Modulation of brainstem activity and connectivity by respiratory-gated auricular vagal afferent nerve stimulation in migraine patients.

By | August 4th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results This study combines two key areas I'm interested in. One is using auricular vagal stimulation, and the other is migraine.  Napadow has been a colleague of mine for over 10 years and he does brilliant work.  He's an expert in brain imaging and fMRI. Frankly, [...]

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Hypertension and Stress Levels: HRV Ro.La. edition

By | August 1st, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results More data from recent patients.  This is some nice preliminary data from a patient being treated for hypertension.  I'm including the same data as in the previous blog post, ie complexity and parasympathetic activity and sympathetic activity. His blood pressure has remained under control, [...]

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Alternating Auricular Vagal Stimulation, HRV Data: De. Bo edition

By | August 1st, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results I haven't been sharing much data lately, just due to other projects and travel. Here is some data from a patient who values electrical ear stimlulation that provides increased vagal activity, ie increased "rest and digest" and has a unit at home to use.  Though [...]

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HRV and Acupuncture: Sino-Austrian Study Planned

By | July 9th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results What I love best about this paper is the title i.e "prevention of lifestyle disease."  Yes!  That is a key aspect of acupuncture treatment, true prevention.  This study is planned, not yet completed.  They will be comparing Heart Rate Variability (measure of stress levels [...]

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Curcumin for Joint Health

By | July 7th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

From the Rhonda Patrick podcast she makes the case for curcumin, expecially a formulation with phosphatidylcholine for better absorption.  If anyone would like me to get them some of this formulation, I have it in the clinic. "As an alternative to the use of NSAIDs, however, I’ve found curcumin is actually very helpful. Curcumin is [...]

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Acupuncture and Weight Loss

By | July 6th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Fitness and Health|

(I link to this with caveats.  As I've said many times over the years, if acupuncture was the answer for weight loss, I'd be a billionaire.  But, nonetheless, to be thorough, I'm linking to this study since it's in the news.) The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of Hong Kong Baptist University recently completed a [...]

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Giraffe, Tortoise, and Pet Acupuncture

By | July 4th, 2017|Clinical Acupuncture Cases|

24 yr old giraffe gets acupuncture and a new lease on life   Sweet story about an elderly giraffe at a zoo in Boston.  They give the giraffe acupuncture for arthritis in his hind legs and it's working!  Fun, and, yes, heartwarming story.  Click on the giraffe to see the whole video. Click [...]

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Time Restricted Eating: Details and Advantages

By | July 2nd, 2017|Fitness and Health|

There is a lot more detail on timing of the time restricted eating.  In sum, the earlier in the day you eat (i.e. try to finish by 5:00 p.m.!) the better.  That, for me, is not practical since I work late and dinner at home after work is important to me.  So Patrick does talk [...]

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Melatonin and Migraine

By | June 18th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

Acupuncture Helps With Migraines I recommend Melatonin and Magnesium as safe options for migraine prevention.  This article looks at one possible mechanism for melatonin's effectiveness in menstrual migraine.  The dosage of melatonin needs to be adjusted since too much (even above 3 mg in many people) can lead to paradoxical wakefulness or morning [...]

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Electroacupuncture at GB20 Relieves Migraine and Lowers CGRP in Animals

By | June 17th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

I was not aware that migraine sufferers had cutaneous allodynia.  That may account for the exaggerated autonomic response to needling I've noticed in the clinic. Neural Regen Res. 2017 May;12(5):804-811. doi: 10.4103/1673-5374.206652. Electroacupuncture at Fengchi (GB20) inhibits calcitonin gene-related peptide expression in the trigeminovascular system of a rat model of migraine. Zhao LP1,2, Liu L1, [...]

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Saunas for Longevity: Patrick Podcast

By | June 16th, 2017|Fitness and Health, Heart Rate Variability|

I was convinced by Rhonda Patrick's research that saunas were beneficial for healthy aging in her Ferriss podcast.  In this podcast, she interviews a Finnish expert on the topic.  I've been incorporating saunas into my routine, and though I don't find them "blissful" as everyone else seems to, I can see why they might have [...]

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Anti-Aging and Rhonda Patrick

By | June 12th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

Patrick did her post graduate work with Dr. Bruce Ames who was a professor of Biochemisty when I was a Biochemistry undergraduate at Cal Berkeley. He's still working and researching at the age of 88. Here is a link to her podcast from the Tim Ferriss show.  Go to my most recent newsletter for some [...]

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Auricular Vagal Stimulation for Cardiac Baroreflex Hypersensitivity in Healthy Young Men

By | June 8th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results This study looks at TaVNS (Transcutaneous Auricular Vagal Nerve Stimulation) versus sham in healthy males.  This study shows that cardiac baroreceptivity improves with TaVNS, but not with sham.  Also that Heart Rate and LF/HF  decrease with TaVNS but not with sham. Nice! Brain Stimul. [...]

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Statins’ Side Effects: Doctors get a taste of their own medicine

By | June 6th, 2017|First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

Are Pills the Answer? As some of my patients know, I have reservations about statins.  The side effects are real, and they are over prescribed, in my opinion. This recent study (sorry for the unwieldy abstract) looked at physicians attitudes about statins when they, themselves suffered from the side effects. " Statin AEs [...]

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