acupuncture and allergies

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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Electro-Acupuncture 36St for Allergy and Inflammation

By | December 15th, 2016|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern I was just wondering today if I, perhaps, make things more complicated and use more points than I need to. In this animal study, they showed significant effect on allergic and inflammatory markers using electroacupuncture on 36St only.  That would certainly make my job easier with all of the [...]

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Acupuncture, Allergy and Stress Data Clinical Case Study Da.Ba.

By | October 12th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern The "Case of the Day"  is a patient I've been treating for years to keep his allergies away.  It has worked well and he continues to come in monthly for a "booster."  I use a protocol that I found which shows that this protocol (electroacupuncture at LI 11 and [...]

Effect of 100 Hz electroacupuncture on salivary immunoglobulin A and the autonomic nervous system

By | August 6th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Effect of 100 Hz electroacupuncture on salivary immunoglobulin A and the autonomic nervous system Waki Hideaki,1 Hisajima Tatsuya,2,3 Miyazaki Shogo,2,3 Yoshida Naruto,2,3 Tamai Hideaki,2,3 Minakawa Yoichi,2,3 Okuma Yoshihiro,2,3 Uebaba Kazuo,2,3 and Takahashi Hidenori2,3 Abstract Background A previous study has reported that low-frequency (LF) electroacupuncture (EA) influences salivary secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA) and the autonomic nervous system [...]

Sympathetic Tone and Electrical Stim at LI11

By | July 13th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

In this post, I cited the article that looked at electro at LI11. In this study it decreases sympathetic activity. I am usually looking at parasympathetic activity, but decreasing sympathetic (fright/flight) is of huge interest also. This point is also interesting because it's an alternative point for treating high blood pressure in Longhurst's protocol. What [...]

Acupuncture Reduces Dust Mite Associated IgE

By | May 27th, 2016|Acupuncture research|

The author of this paper presented a poster at the SAR conference in Boston last November.  Acupuncture basically "cured" my allergies, so I've continued to have a keen interest in acupuncture and allergy and immune response in general. This study compares real acupuncture, with sham acupuncture, and a control group.  Only the verum acupuncture showed [...]

Clinical Case Study: Complexity and Parasympathetic

By | March 24th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

I've been focusing on getting my presentation ready for the Anaheim AAMA conference coming up.  But, as usual, when diving into any new research in my field, I've encountered some new perspectives that have been thought provoking. I've been in correspondence with Xavier Bornas who has done interesting work on Flight Phobia and HRV-no acupuncture- [...]

Acupuncture and Immunity

By | November 12th, 2015|Acupuncture research, Benefits|

At the SAR conference in Boston, I was reading up on some of the participants.  I noticed Sandra Silverio-Lopes has a few posters that she is presenting.  She is from Brazil, studied in China.  I found this chapter that she wrote on Immunity and Acupuncture from 2013.  It's quite comprehensive and I'm happy to have [...]

Allergic Rhinitis Physiology and Acupuncture Relevance

By | June 16th, 2015|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern Nice background info on acupuncture's mechanisms. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;  PMCID: PMC3586443 The Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Acupuncture and Their Relevance to Allergic Rhinitis: A Narrative Review and Proposed Model John L. McDonald, 1 Allan W. Cripps, 1 ,* Peter K. Smith, 1 Caroline A. Smith, 2 Charlie [...]

Autonomic Function, HRV, in Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

By | May 30th, 2015|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

 This article looks at autonomic balance before and after a series of 12 acupuncture sessions.  (Update: full article text here.)What they say is that the patients with Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis have a higher resting heart rate to start, and blunted cardiovascular response to cold pressor test.  This is fascinating to me since one of the [...]

Acupuncture for Allergic Rhinitis

By | May 30th, 2015|Acupuncture research|

This article is from the group in Berlin, and back ground for a subsequent blog post.  Their conclusion was that acupuncture was effective, but not cost effective.  I would argue that they didn't run the experiment long enough.  In my own case, my allergies have been under control for decades since my original acupuncture treatment [...]

Vagal Tone and Immune Regulation

By | April 8th, 2015|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This ties into my area of interest of monitoring vagal tone during acupuncture treatment.  Acupuncture can be helpful with pain, but more interestingly, with immune problems such as allergy.  Since immune function is thought to be implicated in so many modern ailments, from rheumatoid arthritis to cancer to autism, [...]

From Task Force on Allergic Rhinitis: Acupuncture OK

By | April 4th, 2015|Fitness and Health|

If you scroll to the very bottom you see the "money quote."  I know that sentence doesn't seem like a big deal, but it actually is.  For them to not only include it in their guidelines, but even the abstract, is quite an endorsement. Nice! Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Feb;152(1 Suppl):S1-43. doi: 10.1177/0194599814561600. Clinical [...]

Bee Venom and the Anti-inflammatory Response

By | March 21st, 2015|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern The article below.is related to the previous blog post about vagal stimulation leading to decreased inflammation.  The use of bee venom may be a more elegant and cheaper solution.  Probably why it won't gain much industry interest.  I would love to be able to study this technique in conjunction [...]

The Inflammatory Reflex: Scientific American

By | March 19th, 2015|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Altered immune response is involved in the occurence of diabetes, arthritis, allergies and perhaps even autism. So in medicine, immunity is a key area of research. The current issue of Scientific American has a synopsis written by Kevin Tracey, one of the founders of Set Point Medical.  We've talked about their bioelectric company on the [...]

NPR: Acupuncture for Allergies

By | February 3rd, 2015|Acupuncture research, Fitness and Health|

  From NPR, it appears "New guidelines from the Academy of Otolaryngology should make it easier for people and their doctors to choose the treatments that will help the most, from over-the-counter remedies like antihistamines to more serious interventions like allergy shots and even surgery."... "Acupuncture may help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life [...]

Mast cell and connective tissue interaction in acupuncture stimulation

By | December 20th, 2014|Acupuncture research|

This is a paper outlining the effect of mast cell degranulation and mechanical stimulus in the form of acupuncture stimulation.  Dr. Lundeberg at the Barcelona conference spoke about the far reaching immune effects of acupuncture stimulation also.  It makes me wonder if mast cell stabilizers would interfere with acupuncture treatment. Int J Biol Sci. 2014 [...]

Acupuncture and Allergy: Recent Study

By | July 12th, 2014|Acupuncture research|

This recent  German study looks at certain immune factor levels and compares to a cohort group using Loratidine.  IL-10 is well documented to be influenced by acupuncture, but this study evaluated a few other factors.  Treatment is pretty much the points I use, except I don't typically do ear acupuncture.  I also don't continue twice [...]