Autonomic Nervous System

Research or topics related to the autonomic nervous system functions

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Emotional Exhaustion and HRV Reaction to Venipuncture

By | May 23rd, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results This study comes from Scandinavia and they are looking at the HRV response to venipuncture (blood drawing).  This is of interest to me, because for over 2 years now, I've included the needling segment in my study of HRV wondering if the actual physiological [...]

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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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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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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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Acupuncture decreases competitive anxiety prior to a competition in young athletes: a randomized controlled trial pilot study.

By | April 7th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Fitness and Health, Stress|

Kuan Yin Who Hears the Cries of the World This study looks at anxiety before competition and finds that acupuncture can help to mitigate it.  They use skin conductance as a physiological measure.  This concept of prevention of psychologic or physiologic distress is of great interest to me.  My hunch is that this [...]

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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 Intention Tremor and Stress: HRV Ma. Mi.

By | March 10th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

This is a case we've discussed before and this patient was included in my most recent journal article.  Ironically, in the journal article I say that even though she had good clinical improvement, her HRV response was not significant.  That is not true now that she has continued with treatment and her data paints a [...]

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tVNS for Autism

By | March 10th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results This article takes an in depth look at the theoretical reasons to use tVNS for autism disorders. The recommended frequencies are here "A recent tVNS study in migraine patients showed that although both 1 and 25 Hz tVNS can improve clinical outcome in patients with [...]

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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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Ear Stim Increases Acetylcholine, animal study

By | March 5th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System|

This study is looking at learning and memory improvement with auricular stimulation (estim) in animals.  As the first sentence says, "Ear acupuncture enhances the secretion of acetylcholine, which has anti-inflammatory effects."  I've been using ear stim in the clinic as many patients know.  It is purported to enhance vagal activity which leads to acetylcholine release. [...]

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