acupuncture and brain research

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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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 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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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 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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Electroacupuncture Improves HPAA axis in animals

By | January 28th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Stress|

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26573696 Neuromodulation. 2016 Jul;19(5):498-506. doi: 10.1111/ner.12366. Epub 2015 Nov 16. Arginine Vasopressin and Arginine Vasopressin Receptor 1b Involved in Electroacupuncture-Attenuated Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Hyperactivity in Hepatectomy Rats. Zhu J1, Chen Z1, Zhu L1, Meng Z1, Wu G1, Tian Z1. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVE: The study aims to know the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) in maintenance of [...]

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fMRI and Effective Migraine Acupuncture Treatment

By | January 21st, 2017|Acupuncture research|

In this study, they gave intensive treatment.  Daily acupuncture for 5 days, 2 days off for 4 weeks.  I was surprised that their results were not better.  They also used three different treatment protocols, two relied heavily on gall bladder points, one with St 37 and Pianli.  In sum, quite different protocols than what I [...]

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Electro Acupuncture Improves Gastric Motility Through Vagal Activity

By | December 17th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern One more strategy to implement and study in the quest for vagal enhancement! Discussion of a similar strategy here using abdominal points Liv13, Liv14 and abdominal GB points. World J Gastroenterol. 2015 Dec 28;21(48):13480-9. Neural mechanism of gastric motility regulation by electroacupuncture at RN12 and BL21: A paraventricular hypothalamic [...]

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Hypothalamus and Amygdala Response to Acupuncture Stimuli in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

By | August 8th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

This article is almost 10 years old, but apparently I've never posted it on the blog.  It's pertinent to the autonomic piece of the puzzle that I'm trying to solve re:acupuncture results. Abstract: Brain processing of acupuncture stimuli in chronic neuropathic pain patients may underlie its beneficial effects. We used fMRI to evaluate verum and [...]

Research Casting Doubt on Acupuncture

By | July 30th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

Through some web searching, I was able to find a copy of this paper that's not behind a subscription firewall. These kinds of papers have been coming out for decades.  It's a safe bet as a journalist to criticize acupuncture, it's a kiss up kick down, comforting the comfortable gambit. There are no heavy hitters [...]

Acupuncture Effective For Anxiety: Near Infrared Spectroscopy Study

By | June 5th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Stress|

Clinically, Acupuncture helps anxiety disorder in patients.  Indeed, this was one of the more profound results I noted early in my Acupuncture practice.  This study shows what is happening in the brain.  My studies explore the autonomic balance. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26782225 Adv Exp Med Biol. 2016;876:297-302. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3023-4_37. Effects of Acupuncture on Anxiety Levels and Prefrontal Cortex [...]

Acupuncture and Insomnia

By | May 26th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Fitness and Health, Stress|

A very nice review of the hazards of insomnia and the research behind acupuncture's effectiveness to treat it.Insomnia and Acupuncture " the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, five kinds of spirits inhabit the five zang-organs (heart, liver, lung, spleen and kidney). Each kind of spirit has a corresponding physiological function. The five zang-organs are unable [...]

Brain Physiology Behind Electroacupuncture’s Modulating Effect on Blood Pressure

By | May 25th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

Nice.  This article appears in Nature, quite a coup. There is a lot about this paper that surprises me.  Perhaps I'm just not familiar enough with this type of experimental set up, and haven't been aware of these studies.   What they found was that naloxone interfered with the suppression of blood pressure by electroacupuncture [...]

Acupressure for Breast Cancer Fatigue

By | May 21st, 2016|Acupuncture research|

The International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH) Green Valley Ranch Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA OA02.01 Differential Effects of Two Acupressure Point Combinations on Brain Neurochemistry and Connectivity in Breast Cancer Survivors with Persistent Fatigue Richard Harris, Johnson Hampson, Eric Ichesco, Suzanna Zick University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States Purpose: Persistent [...]

Acupuncture Aids Sleep in the Elderly

By | September 27th, 2015|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Stress|

Given that poor sleep can accelerate dementia, this is an important and newsworthy study. Neurosci Lett. 2015 Feb 5;587:35-40. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2014.12.016. Epub 2014 Dec 12. Acupuncture for sleep quality, BDNF levels and immunosenescence: a randomized controlled study. Zuppa C1, Prado CH1, Wieck A1, Zaparte A1, Barbosa A1, Bauer ME2. Author information 1Laboratory of Immunosenescence, Institute [...]

Acupuncture & Neuro Endocrine Immune Network

By | May 16th, 2015|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Wisdom Through the Ages A review article from China.  Good stuff!  Plus free full text link below. Substantial evidence has shown that the skin is a neuroimmunoendocrine organ; the body skin is rich in nervous, endocrine, immune tissues structurally, and closely associated with these three systems in function. And exogenous noxious stimuli [...]

Acupuncture Stimulation and EEG fMRI

By | March 14th, 2015|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern Carefully done study in healthy volunteers looking at stimulation of St36 compared to nonacupuncture points.  Mu wavelength increases with acupuncture stim, not with stim to nonacupuncture points.  This suggests that there is a pain inhibitory effect through the mu activity that is triggered by acupuncture at acupuncture points, but [...]

Acupuncture, FMRI, and Alzheimer’s

By | February 28th, 2015|Acupuncture research, Fitness and Health|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern Since Acupuncture has longevity as part of its purview,  it is not surprising that we're starting to see more evidence for it's positive effects on aging.  I am not an expert in fMRI, but it has become a "go to" biomarker for acupuncture's effects. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24603951 full article  here PLoS [...]

Electroacupuncture at PC5-6 prevents bradycardia in lab

By | January 24th, 2015|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

Display Settings: Abstract Send to: Kuan LinGoddess of Compassion"She who hears the cries of the world" Background paper looking at median nerve mediated cardiac regulation.  This has an indirect relationship to HRV and my own interests. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2014 Dec 1;307(11):R1313-23. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00300.2014. Epub 2014 Sep 17. GABA [...]

Electrical Ear Stim leads to Smaller Infarct Size in Rats

By | January 14th, 2015|Acupuncture research|

This is of interest since my recent bedside research has been looking at the effects of ear stim on the last 5 minutes of acupuncture treatment.  In general, I do see a decrease in LF/HF, or decrease in stress response with ear stim. Bain Stimul. 2015 Jan-Feb;8(1):7-12. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2014.09.009. Epub 2014 Sep 28. Electrical Stimulation [...]

Neurobiological Mechanisms of Acupuncture

By | January 5th, 2015|Acupuncture research|

A series of articles about the science and neurobiology of acupuncture treatment.  The summary is here. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014; 2014: 765068. Published online Nov 27, 2014. doi:  10.1155/2014/765068 PMCID: PMC4265683 Neurobiological Mechanisms of Acupuncture 2014 Lijun Bai, 1 , * Richard E. Harris, 2 Jian Kong, 3 Lixing Lao, 4 , 5 Vitaly Napadow, 6 and Baixiao Zhao 7 Author information ► Article notes ► Copyright and License information ► Acupuncture is currently gaining [...]

Acupuncture 2 Hz and 100 Hz effects on fMRI default mode

By | December 20th, 2014|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Wisdom Through the Ages This article show different effects of electroacupuncture depending on the frequency used.  It also shows that this effect takes 20 minutes to develop.  I'm focusing quite a bit on what happens within an individual acupuncture treatment with HRV, and find that usually the autonomic response is going back [...]

Acupuncture and Ischemic Stroke

By | July 7th, 2014|Acupuncture research|

This article is interesting since it shows the contralateral effect of acupuncture on the brain. Full Article Here PLoS One. 2014 Jun 13;9(6):e96777. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096777. eCollection 2014. Modulatory Effect of Acupuncture at Waiguan (TE5) on the Functional Connectivity of the Central Nervous System of Patients with Ischemic Stroke in the Left Basal Ganglia. Chen J1, [...]

Effect of acupoint catgut-embedding therapy on changes of structure of hippocampal neurons in senile chronic stress rats

By | May 31st, 2014|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Stress|

Ancient Wisdom Through the Ages This study ambitiously explores catgut-embedding for the havoc wrought by stress on senility.  One of Sapolsky's key findings was that stress causes a feed forward loop on the hippocampus during senility.  The altered hippocampus then causes more stress, which then leads to more senility.  This is a particular [...]