acupuncture and migraine

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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Auricular Vagal Stim RAVANS and Migraine

By | August 14th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This study looks at using interictal (between migraine attacks) auricular stimulation coordinated with exhalation with detailed analysis of brain regions affected.  As far as I can tell, they don't show actual reduction in migraine attacks, but infer that it might happen from the brain changes and connectivity noted.  The [...]

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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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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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Melatonin and Migraine

By | June 18th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

Acupuncture Helps With Migraines I recommend Melatonin and Magnesium as safe options for migraine prevention.  This article looks at one possible mechanism for melatonin's effectiveness in menstrual migraine.  The dosage of melatonin needs to be adjusted since too much (even above 3 mg in many people) can lead to paradoxical wakefulness or morning [...]

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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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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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Migraine and Sensory Hypersensitivity

By | March 5th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

References for the sensory hypersensitivity and physiology thereof in migraineurs. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2014 Nov;18(11):458. doi: 10.1007/s11916-014-0458-8. Migraine is associated with altered processing of sensory stimuli. Harriott AM1, Schwedt TJ. Author information Abstract Migraine is associated with derangements in perception of multiple sensory modalities including vision, hearing, smell, and somatosensation. Compared to people without [...]

Clinical Case: Cosmetic Acupuncture, Migraine and HRV Mi.Do.

By | February 6th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Kuan Yin Who Hears the Cries of the World This is another case looking at stress reduction with cosmetic acupuncture, similar to this one.  This patient also had migraines and lesser headaches which have also improved significantly. We can see the over stress levels, LF/HF tending to decrease.  But parasympathetic (rest and digest [...]

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Clinical Case: Migraine and HRV El.Ma. Exception Makes the Rule?

By | February 5th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This has been a gratifying case from the standpoint of clinical results.  Quick decisive elimination of her migraines.  She did have a migraine related to the flu within the last two weeks, but that was a rare exception.  Her pharmacy called her withing a few months of her starting [...]

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Clinical Case: Migraine and HRV Sa.Be

By | February 3rd, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

This is data from this patient, who we discussed a few months ago.  She has continued to migraine free.  She occasionally has a headache, but they're mild and not disabling.  It's interesting to me that her LFnorm, or sympathetic activity has had such a pronounced decrease over time.   stress levels during treatment over [...]

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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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Migraine and Acupuncture and HRV: Jo.Ru edition

By | December 9th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

Kuan Yin Who Hears the Cries of the World I've been treating a young, male patient with intractable migraines.  He has had them for years, and stopped taking medications years ago because though they might work in the short run, they weren't fixing the problem.  He does his best to avoid triggers, but [...]

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Considerations in HRV monitoring, time of day, illness

By | October 7th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern Looking at recent "ugly" data (data that doesn't verify my various hypotheses), I realized it would illustrate a point.  That is that there are lots of factors in measuring HRV. That is why you need to collect fairly large amounts of data to recognize trends.  Lots of thing influence it.  Whether the [...]

Clinical Migraine Treatment: Submission for Alternative and Complementary Therapies

By | October 4th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

I might as well publish this here, since it seems to take forever for submissions to see the light of day.  (Update May, 2017 published and in the waiting room!) This was a short submission in answer to a call for papers asking how we treat migraine in our practice.  It's one of my specialties [...]

Migraine and Stress Levels, HRV, and Results(Sa.Be.)

By | September 17th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

More data from one of the migraine patients featured here.  Remember decreasing stress levels as measured by HRV, improves pain, immune function, mood and longevity.  In the case of migraine, it raises the threshold that will lead to migraine.  In this case, she has now has had 5 visits, with no migraine in spite of [...]

Migraine Treatment Success: HRV data over time (Ne.Be)

By | September 14th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

This data has been collected since the first treatment.  He had severe migraines, 3/week and was in the last year of an extremely high pressure, public project.  Insomnia was another issue and it affected the migraines, with poor sleep often triggering a migraine. Points I want to emphasize for  you.  Patient had clinical results relatively [...]

Clinical Cases: Migraine and Stress Monitoring

By | September 9th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Two recent migraine cases.  Two young women, both dramatic clinical responders with headaches decreasing within a few sessions.  I want to point out a few things in their data, or rather pose some questions.  Look at the dramatic increase in stress levels with needling.  I've seen this before, not always with migraine, but it does [...]

Acupuncture Effective for Prevention of Migraine, Tension headache, and

By | July 19th, 2016|Acupuncture research|

Headache. 2016 Jul;56(7):1238-40. Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment or Prevention of Migraine, Tension-Type Headache, or Chronic Headache Disorders. Coeytaux RR1,2, Befus D3. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVE: To summarize the current evidence that evaluates the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment or prevention of migraine, tension-type headache, and chronic headache disorders. METHODS: Findings from selected [...]

tVNS and HRV Data in Migraine Patient: Ca.Fr

By | June 23rd, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

I'm stymied.  I'm quite unclear on why in some patients the complexity or nonlinear data tracks the frequency data quite well, and in others it doesn't.  Just when I start to think I'm getting a handle on trends, the data is ugly and doesn't cooperate. This patient has quite a few complaints, but often they [...]

Melatonin Effective for Migraine Prophylaxis

By | June 4th, 2016|Fitness and Health|

Melatonin is my "go to" recommendation as a supplement for sleep disorders.  I used to recommend only small doses, of .5 to 1 mg.  But increasingly, there are studies showing higher doses might be helpful for a variety of ailments.  In this study, the melatonin group showed weight loss too! J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2016 [...]

HRV during paced breathing and mental stress in Migraineurs

By | March 26th, 2016|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Relief from Headaches In this article, they didn't see much difference between migraineurs and controls except in possibly more sympathetic response to stressors.  I would agree with that, given what I've seen in the clinic.  I can't account for the fact that even with dramatically successful treatment, that over reaction does not seem [...]

Acupuncture for Migraine: Clinical Case Study II and HRV

By | March 22nd, 2015|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

One more recent migraine patient.  This is a 35 year old male who has had longstanding "migraine equivalent" as a diagnosis.  He has aura type symptoms with tinnitus, foggy head, and generally not feeling well. These have been persistent and consistent. This is his data from his first visit.  So you see a high baseline [...]