acupuncture and pain

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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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 [...]

Electroacupuncture at Ipsilateral or Contralateral ST36-ST37 Acupoints on Inflammatory Pain.

By | February 9th, 2017|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern Patients often wonder why I treat both sides (Right and Left) in musculoskeletal conditions.  This has long been a trick in Chinese Medicine, particularly if the inflamed joint is very sensitive, or in a cast and it often works great.  The study below shows, perhaps, why.  It's overall reduction [...]

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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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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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Neuropathy and Acupuncture (Do.Al): Case Study with HRV cont’d

By | November 1st, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Kuan Yin who hears the cries of the world Warning: This post is really for the truly devoted to data.  Ugly as heck, but beautiful in its own chaotic way. We have seen this patient's data before, but I wanted to revisit it with fresh data and a slightly different focus. This patient [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Functional Movement Disorder Submission to Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal

By | July 31st, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This is my submission in reply to a call for papers to the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal concerning functional movement disorder.   Acupuncture and Vagal Tone:  Cervical Dystonia and Intention Tremor Patients with functional movement disorders have lower vagal tone than controls [i]  according to a recent study. [...]

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 [...]

Knee Pain, PTSD, Stress: Clinical Case Study

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

This story is probably not over but illustrates a few different issues I'm tackling.  This patient is well over 60, in a competitive high powered job.  She has had health issues over time, accidents and trauma in particular.  She came in because of knee pain, but it was clear that there were system issues, too. [...]

Startle, Autonomics and Stress Levels

By | October 6th, 2015|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Kuan LinGoddess of Compassion"She who hears the cries of the world" My last post about horses has really gotten me to think about how acupuncture might work.   I've been interested in the autonomic response (stress response) and acupuncture for so long I never really thought about it in this particular way as with [...]

Cluster Headaches: Acupuncture Case History

By | September 12th, 2015|Acupuncture research, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

Kuan YinGoddess of Compassion"She who hears the cries of the world" This is the case study of a patient with cluster headaches.  When he came in to see me, he was still suffering from daily chronic headaches, but not the severe cluster type.  He had excellent results with Acupuncture and his headaches diminished [...]

Cluster Headache Acupuncture Strategies

By | September 12th, 2015|Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern Kinda great that this made it into the British Medical Journal.  This article shows the merit of understanding the physiology behind clinical conditions. BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Sep 10;2015. Acupuncture for episodic cluster headache: a trigeminal approach. Hayhoe S1 1Department of Pain Management, Colchester University Hospital, Colchester, UK. Abstract [...]

Acupuncture Dosage and Pain

By | June 21st, 2015|Acupuncture research|

Kuan LinGoddess of Compassion"She who hears the cries of the world" This is background for an article from Acupuncture Today rebutting a negative acupuncture study from Australia on Knee Acupuncture.  The article is not yet available online. PLoS One. 2013; 8(10): e77438. Published online 2013 Oct 11. doi:  10.1371/journal.pone.0077438 PMCID: PMC3795671 Characteristics of [...]

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 [...]

Auricular Stimulation for Pelvic Pain Control

By | May 26th, 2012|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

Friend of blog, Vitaly Napadow, has an interesting study looking at ear stimulation for pelvic pain.  His group used transcutaneous-vagus nerve stimulation (t-VNS) synchronized with the exhalation phase of respiration to study the response to chronic pelvic pain.  They compared this synchronized auricular stim to non-vagal auricular stim.  This is a patient population characterized by [...]