Heart Rate Variability

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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TVNS in Tinnitus Patients, HRV study

By | March 5th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results As some of my patients know, I've been using tVNS, or transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation in some of my patients.  I do it by stimulating the ear in the cymba concha region.  Some patients have opted to take a device home with a custom electrode [...]

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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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The correlation between pulse diagnosis and constitution identification in traditional Chinese medicine.

By | February 16th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern I don't understand the terms used here (AI), and don't see the HRV data in the abstract, but I applaud the concept and effort.  I would love to do a study like this.  These are the correlations I'm trying to make with my HRV studies, with very mixed results. [...]

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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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