Acupuncture and Stress

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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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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Hypertension and Stress Levels: HRV Ro.La. edition

By | August 1st, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results More data from recent patients.  This is some nice preliminary data from a patient being treated for hypertension.  I'm including the same data as in the previous blog post, ie complexity and parasympathetic activity and sympathetic activity. His blood pressure has remained under control, [...]

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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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HRV and Acupuncture: Sino-Austrian Study Planned

By | July 9th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results What I love best about this paper is the title i.e "prevention of lifestyle disease."  Yes!  That is a key aspect of acupuncture treatment, true prevention.  This study is planned, not yet completed.  They will be comparing Heart Rate Variability (measure of stress levels [...]

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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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Acupuncture decreases competitive anxiety prior to a competition in young athletes: a randomized controlled trial pilot study.

By | April 7th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Fitness and Health, Stress|

Kuan Yin Who Hears the Cries of the World This study looks at anxiety before competition and finds that acupuncture can help to mitigate it.  They use skin conductance as a physiological measure.  This concept of prevention of psychologic or physiologic distress is of great interest to me.  My hunch is that this [...]

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Acupuncture, HRV and Constipation Pa.Ma. update

By | March 19th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results This patient has coming in for two months for life long constipation.  She is clinically improved with only 1 out of 5 days with constipation instead of each day.  In her data, you can see a decrease in her sympathetic (fright/flight) and an increase in [...]

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Acupuncture for Intention Tremor and Stress: HRV Ma. Mi.

By | March 10th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

This is a case we've discussed before and this patient was included in my most recent journal article.  Ironically, in the journal article I say that even though she had good clinical improvement, her HRV response was not significant.  That is not true now that she has continued with treatment and her data paints a [...]

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TVNS in Tinnitus Patients, HRV study

By | March 5th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results As some of my patients know, I've been using tVNS, or transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation in some of my patients.  I do it by stimulating the ear in the cymba concha region.  Some patients have opted to take a device home with a custom electrode [...]

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Clinical Case Study: Stress Reduction An.Ma

By | February 26th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Kuan Yin Who Hears the Cries of the World This data is to illustrate a patient's overall stress reduction over time.  This patient is 50+ and comes in for cosmetic acupuncture in addition to routine treatments for "maintenance." Her treatments only vary slightly from session to session since the bulk of the needling [...]

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Acupuncture for Vertigo, Autonomics and HRV: Sh.Ga

By | February 26th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results This data is from a new patient who has intractable vertigo.  Patients with vertigo tend to have higher stress levels in general, and if that improves it may help since treating vertigo can be challenging. She is a 70+ woman who appears younger than [...]

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Irritable Bowel, Fatigue Clinical Case with HRV:Ma.Bo

By | February 19th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results This patient is a young woman who we have discussed before, here  .  I wanted to share her most recent data and illustrate a few points.  I like to look at stress levels with HRV, but HRV can be analyzed in a few different ways.  What [...]

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Published. Article on Movement Disorders and Vagal Tone

By | February 18th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern Here is a link to the article coming out in February.  Unfortunately, it's behind a paywall.  It will appear in Alternative and Complementary Therapies. The article looks at stress response and vagal tone in two patients with movement disorders.  One patient has cervical dystonia, and the other has intentions [...]

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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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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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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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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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Case Study: Stress and Cosmetic Ch.Ma edition

By | January 29th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress, uncategorized|

Kuan Yin who hears the cries of the world These graphs are from a patient I've been seeing since the summer for cosmetic acupuncture and stress reduction.  She enjoys her treatments and looks forward to the relaxation they provide.  Notice how even though there are some "bumps" in her data during treatment, over [...]

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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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High Blood Pressure, Anxiety, Acupuncture and HRV: Te.Ca edition

By | December 10th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This has been a satisfying case.  Blood pressure and anxiety are well under control and her HRV data is interesting also. I've been treating her for a few months and we are exploring use of the customized ear stim device that I've been prototyping for home use to help [...]

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: HRV, Moxibustion and Acupuncture

By | November 27th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Kimono as Art in Glass In this new study from Gerhard Litscher (friend of blog) hrv-moxa-and-chronic-fatigue-litscher, they compare a control group (healthy volunteers), acupuncture group, and moxibustion group.  They then compare their chronic fatigue scores, their HRV scores before during and after acupuncture at the 4th and 10th visit.  [...]

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 [...]

Cupping Improves Autonomic Balance

By | October 29th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Kuan Yin Who Hears the Cries of the World This study is related to the previous one, so thought I'd post this too. wet-cupping-and-hrv J Altern Complement Med. 2014 Apr;20(4):318-21. doi: 10.1089/acm.2013.0291. Epub 2014 Feb 12. Wet cupping therapy restores sympathovagal imbalances in cardiac rhythm. Arslan M1, Yeşilçam N, Aydin D, Yüksel R, [...]

HRV after Laser, Manual Acupuncture, and Electromagnetic Field

By | October 29th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Heart Rate Variability|

This article shows that parasympathetic activity increases after Manual Acupuncture and Electromagnetic Field stim at Bl15.  It decreases in controls and with laser.  I've never been too keen on laser, because it doesn't fit my "mental models" of how acupuncture works.  They looked before and then after, with no data during acupuncture treatment.  Interesting!!  I'll have [...]