acupuncture and immune response

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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Acupuncture at St36 for Immune Enhancement

By | May 18th, 2017|Acupuncture research|

PLoS One. 2017 Apr 13;12(4):e0175568. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175568. eCollection 2017. Enhancement of immune cytokines and splenic CD4+ T cells by electroacupuncture at ST36 acupoint of SD rats. Chen L1, Xu A1, Yin N2, Zhao M1, Wang Z3, Chen T2, Gao Y2, Chen Z2. Author information Abstract Electroacupuncture at the ST36 acupoint can enhance the body's immune [...]

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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: 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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Intraoperative Low-frequency Electroacupuncture under General Anesthesia Improves Postoperative Recovery in a Randomized Trial.

By | February 4th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern More like this please.  This is a useful study because it does away with the problem of placebo, has quantified results.  It also emphasizes the hard to prove, but real preventative effect of acupuncture on the stress response.  Shown in animals here. It also combines my previous profession (Anesthesiology) [...]

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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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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 and Autoimmune (Ch.Va): HRV

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

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This "case of the day" highlights a few aspects of stress monitoring as a guide in Acupuncture. [Review: HRV is a measure of autonomic balance /stress levels) Each group of columns represents one clinic visit, each column 3 minutes of data. I look at each visit for response and [...]

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 [...]

HRV, Stress and Multiple Sclerosis

By | September 26th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern We have discussed this patient who has multiple sclerosis before, but this is her updated data.  Keep in mind this is a patient who is presently asymptomatic, and comes in for treatment to lower her stress in order to optimize her immune function.  So this data is useful. It shows optimization, ie lower [...]

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 [...]

Acupuncture, HRV, and Multiple Sclerosis

By | June 21st, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Kuan YinGoddess of Compassion"She who hears the cries of the world" 2016 data from this patient who comes regularly for prevention/optimization acupuncture. She carries a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.  She is best served by keeping her immune system optimized and her preference is to do this with acupuncture.  This, of course, is a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Immunity and the Nervous System

By | May 10th, 2015|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Kevin Tracey is the researcher using implantable electrodes to stimulate the vagus nerve to damp down the hyperimmune response in rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions.  This is the abstract from a talk at Cold Springs Harbor.  Since acupuncture cured my allergies, I looked for a biomarker for treatment and have been measuring heart rate variability [...]