Clinical Acupuncture Cases

Case studies from my acupuncture clinic

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Clinical Case Study: Stress Reduction An.Ma

By | February 26th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Kuan Yin Who Hears the Cries of the World This data is to illustrate a patient's overall stress reduction over time.  This patient is 50+ and comes in for cosmetic acupuncture in addition to routine treatments for "maintenance." Her treatments only vary slightly from session to session since the bulk of the needling [...]

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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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Irritable Bowel, Fatigue Clinical Case with HRV:Ma.Bo

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

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results This patient is a young woman who we have discussed before, here  .  I wanted to share her most recent data and illustrate a few points.  I like to look at stress levels with HRV, but HRV can be analyzed in a few different ways.  What [...]

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Published. Article on Movement Disorders and Vagal Tone

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

Ancient Medicine Made Modern Here is a link to the article coming out in February.  Unfortunately, it's behind a paywall.  It will appear in Alternative and Complementary Therapies. The article looks at stress response and vagal tone in two patients with movement disorders.  One patient has cervical dystonia, and the other has intentions [...]

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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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Clinical Case: Migraine and HRV Sa.Be

By | February 3rd, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

This is data from this patient, who we discussed a few months ago.  She has continued to migraine free.  She occasionally has a headache, but they're mild and not disabling.  It's interesting to me that her LFnorm, or sympathetic activity has had such a pronounced decrease over time.   stress levels during treatment over [...]

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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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Clinical Cases: TVNS only Ma.Mi, Te. Ca

By | January 22nd, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern These data sets are in two patients who showed some improvement in their autonomic balance with estim, or Transcutaneous Vagal Nerve Stimulation (TVNS) as shown by HRV.  I wanted to see what their data would look like without the needling, just estim.  In both cases, they showed improved autonomic [...]

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High Blood Pressure, Anxiety, Acupuncture and HRV: Te.Ca edition

By | December 10th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This has been a satisfying case.  Blood pressure and anxiety are well under control and her HRV data is interesting also. I've been treating her for a few months and we are exploring use of the customized ear stim device that I've been prototyping for home use to help [...]

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Migraine and Acupuncture and HRV: Jo.Ru edition

By | December 9th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

Kuan Yin Who Hears the Cries of the World I've been treating a young, male patient with intractable migraines.  He has had them for years, and stopped taking medications years ago because though they might work in the short run, they weren't fixing the problem.  He does his best to avoid triggers, but [...]

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