acupuncture and fMRI

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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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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Evoked Pressure Pain Sensitivity Is Associated with Differential Analgesic Response to Verum and Sham Acupuncture in Fibromyalgia

By | April 5th, 2017|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results This is an important observation and conclusion, that not all patients are alike in their response to needling.  Some patients prefer, if not require light needling.  I did a poster presentation on this very topic in Stockholm.  The more general take away, is that [...]

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Transcutaneous Vagal Nerve Stimulation (RAVANS) fMRI in Migraineurs

By | April 4th, 2017|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results I have been exploring Transcutaneous Vagal Nerve Stimulation (tVNS) by way of auricular cymba concha stimulation as an adjunct to acupuncture treatment for over two years.  This article by friend of blog Vitaly Napadow, looks at TVNS in migraineurs.  They up the ante a bit [...]

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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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Terminology and Word Games: Somatosensory Stimulation

By | December 10th, 2016|Acupuncture research|

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet?  Apparently not.  The Somatosensory Stimulation in this article is acupuncture, of course.  I can't blame them for wanting to distance themselves from the "stigma" of using the term acupuncture if they want their article submitted.  Kind of hilarious though. They found clinical improvement in this [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Mechanisms: Habituation

By | May 17th, 2014|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Wisdom Through the Ages I love this study.  It is suggesting a novel, and reasonable model for acupuncture's effectiveness over time.  Habituation is a topic I know nothing about, indeed, never really thought about except in regards to opiates.  This study lays out a working hypothesis using fMRI showing that acupuncture meets [...]

Acupuncture Evoked Response in Contralateral Somatosensory Cortex Reflects Peripheral Nerve Pathology of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

By | April 27th, 2014|Acupuncture research|

Study showing how the brain reacts differently to acupuncture in subjects with carpal tunnel disease and healthy controls. Med Acupunct. 2013 Aug;25(4):275-284. Acupuncture Evoked Response in Contralateral Somatosensory Cortex Reflects Peripheral Nerve Pathology of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Maeda Y1, Kettner N2, Lee J3, Kim J4, Cina S4, Malatesta C5, Gerber J4, McManus C5, Im J4, [...]

Brain Activation in Acupuncture Local and Distal for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

By | February 16th, 2014|Acupuncture research|

Whole article is here. If I ever get around to learning all the brain areas, I might be able to comment better on this study.  Fascinating that the local and distal both worked better than the sham acupuncture on the affected limb. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:795906. Acupuncture-evoked response in somatosensory and prefrontal cortices predicts [...]

Neural Encoding of Acupuncture Needling Sensation

By | January 19th, 2014|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Wisdom Through the Ages I like this study because it's very precise. It also uses strictly deqi as a stimulation technique.  This is part of a larger study I'm doing to come up with new models for acupuncture treatment Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 483105, 15 pages [...]

Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation and fMRI

By | March 11th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2|

Nice study looking at a simple treatment for smoking cessation and how the brain images are altered compared to sham acupuncture.  They used the same point as the one in these animal studies looking at  cocaine and alcohol. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2013 Feb 28. [Epub ahead of print] Neural substrates of acupuncture in the modulation of [...]

Brain Specificity of Acupuncture Points More fMRI

By | February 21st, 2013|Acupuncture research|

This is another study showing different brain specificity of acupuncture points in their reflection in the brain.  In this case, they showed that two points close together anatomically, have different fMRI activity.  Recent discussion on a similar topic here. Chin Med J (Engl). 2012 Aug;125(15):2694-700. Functional organization of complex brain networks modulated by acupuncture at [...]