Acupuncture research

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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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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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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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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Acupuncture and Inflammation: Anti-Sepsis Torres Rosas

By | June 3rd, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

I'm in Mexico City (!) for the ICMART conference and heard Torres-Rosas give a talk on how acupuncture at St36 can ameliorate markers of sepsis and decrease mortality in mice.  Though I posted his paper before (see link), it was interesting to see him give the talk.  As far as I can tell they are [...]

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Case Study: Allergies, Hives and Morning Appointments Jo.Wo.

By | May 18th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results I wanted to just to do quick blog post to illustrate a few things I track when I do Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Monitoring. Case:  young woman with seasonal allergies, who then had some episodes of hives.   In the data above, each column is [...]

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Acupuncture at St36 for Immune Enhancement

By | May 18th, 2017|Acupuncture research|

PLoS One. 2017 Apr 13;12(4):e0175568. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175568. eCollection 2017. Enhancement of immune cytokines and splenic CD4+ T cells by electroacupuncture at ST36 acupoint of SD rats. Chen L1, Xu A1, Yin N2, Zhao M1, Wang Z3, Chen T2, Gao Y2, Chen Z2. Author information Abstract Electroacupuncture at the ST36 acupoint can enhance the body's immune [...]

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Clinical Case Studies: PMS and Harris Protocol Ja.Le.

By | May 16th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results   I've written about Dr. Richard Harris' protocol for chemotherapy fatigue.  I have been experimenting a bit to see if what effect the protocol done with needles has on patients. This case study is of a patient who is in her late 40/50's and approaching menopause [...]

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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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Acupuncture for Allergic Asthma: German Large Scale Study

By | May 4th, 2017|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern In this large study, 3 months, 15 acupuncture sessions improved patients' asthma compared to controls and the improvement lasted for at least 6 months.  This is a trend we are seeing in Acupuncture studies, that the effect lasts way beyond the last treatment session.  In my opinion, this shows [...]

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Poster Society for Acupuncture Research 2017. Resilience and Results

By | April 30th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results Here is a link to to my poster in pdf form.  Nothing really new to blog readers, but wanted to post it for, uh, "poster-ity"? SAR Poster 2017 Resilience and Results                  

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Acupressure for Cancer Fatigue: Richard Harris

By | April 30th, 2017|Acupuncture research, First Do No Harm: Risks|

Kuan Yin who hears the cries of the world The SAR conference finished yesterday and there were some very provocative presentations.  The work that I am most amazed at is the work of Richard Harris from University of Michigan.  But there were other very impressive presentations also. I've posted about Richard Harris' work [...]

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Electroacupuncture Activation of Nucleus Tractus Solitarius

By | April 23rd, 2017|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Wisdom Through the Ages "Neuronal activation of the nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS) is one of the important targets of EA for modulating gastrointestinal function..." "By comparing the effects of different EA combinations, it was shown 2 Hz EA applied to ST 36 had the strongest excitatory effect on NTS neurons, while [...]

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Evoked Pressure Pain Sensitivity Is Associated with Differential Analgesic Response to Verum and Sham Acupuncture in Fibromyalgia

By | April 5th, 2017|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results This is an important observation and conclusion, that not all patients are alike in their response to needling.  Some patients prefer, if not require light needling.  I did a poster presentation on this very topic in Stockholm.  The more general take away, is that [...]

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Transcutaneous Vagal Nerve Stimulation (RAVANS) fMRI in Migraineurs

By | April 4th, 2017|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results I have been exploring Transcutaneous Vagal Nerve Stimulation (tVNS) by way of auricular cymba concha stimulation as an adjunct to acupuncture treatment for over two years.  This article by friend of blog Vitaly Napadow, looks at TVNS in migraineurs.  They up the ante a bit [...]

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Clinical Case: Stress and HRV Monitoring Ch.Ke.

By | March 30th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results Encouraging data from a patient who is coming in for stress reduction and hypertension.  We decided to deal mostly with the stress reduction first, and will tackle the hypertension in subsequent visits.  Notice how the parasympathetic activity increases over time.  It will be interesting [...]

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Acupuncture, HRV and Constipation Pa.Ma. update

By | March 19th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results This patient has coming in for two months for life long constipation.  She is clinically improved with only 1 out of 5 days with constipation instead of each day.  In her data, you can see a decrease in her sympathetic (fright/flight) and an increase in [...]

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Electroacupuncture Promotes CNS-Dependent Release of Mesenchymal Stem Cells.

By | March 19th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This study with a million authors is maily out of Florida.  It's pertinent for a variety of reasons.  There is the remarkable fact that this huge group was able to get funding for such sophisticated acupuncture research and that it paid off.  Way cool on all counts. Unfortunately, no [...]

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Acupuncture for Dry Eyes

By | March 11th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Fitness and Health|

Hilarious.  This is an example of not seeing what's right in front of your nose.  I finally broke down and went to the eye doctor because I have been suffering from eye irritation for over a year, assuming it was dry eyes.  It is, along with a bit of allergy.  Why didn't I think about [...]

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