acupuncture as prevention

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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Improvement in Cognitive Function with 3 times per week Electroacupuncture for one month

By | August 5th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Fitness and Health|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results This study shows an improvement in brain activity with 3 times a week, low frequency electroacupuncture at Ki6 and Bl 62. (Acupuncturists will recognize both of those points as opening points for "Special" meridians.) The P300 is an actual measure of brain activity which [...]

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Acupuncture and Weight Loss

By | July 6th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Fitness and Health|

(I link to this with caveats.  As I've said many times over the years, if acupuncture was the answer for weight loss, I'd be a billionaire.  But, nonetheless, to be thorough, I'm linking to this study since it's in the news.) The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of Hong Kong Baptist University recently completed a [...]

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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 for Dry Eyes

By | March 11th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Fitness and Health|

Hilarious.  This is an example of not seeing what's right in front of your nose.  I finally broke down and went to the eye doctor because I have been suffering from eye irritation for over a year, assuming it was dry eyes.  It is, along with a bit of allergy.  Why didn't I think about [...]

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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Strategic Plan

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

Ancient Medicine Made Modern nccih_2016_strategic_plan  The NCCIH has come out with a new report on their strategic plan going forward.  In some ways it's very encouraging and exciting since they are prioritizing conditions that I've been focusing on for years, pain, anxiety and depression.  On the other hand it's maddening since, though it's [...]

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 [...]

Hypertension, HRV and Acupuncture: Case Study (Ch.Ri)

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

This data is from a young woman with essential hypertension, seeking nonpharmacological solutions for her blood pressure.  I've seen her for years, but am only including the last 6 months worth of data for simplicity. Any condition that has a stress component, like hypertension, would benefit from acupuncture, but also from vagal enhancement.  To that [...]

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 for Stable Coronary Artery Disease and HRV

By | November 15th, 2014|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Kuan LinGoddess of Compassion"She who hears the cries of the world" This study was done at UCLA, and nicely done.  I'm trying to get a reprint to see what exactly their treatment was, and what HRV parameters they were looking at. (Update: reprint hereMehta.Acupuncture.1-s2.0-S0167527314012017-main)  In sum, what they found was that the acupuncture [...]

Article Published: Does Acupuncture Reduce Stress Over Time?

By | October 19th, 2014|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Fitness and Health, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This is the linkto my article just published on hypertensive patients.  It will be available for 30 days from now online.  Afterwards the abstract will be available.  Thanks to all of the patients who had the patience to participate...

Guidelines for Hypertension Medications Eased

By | December 23rd, 2013|First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health|

Common sense guidelines instead of arbitrarily treating a number in the elderly.  Still fairly strict, BP should be below 150/90 in people over 60 years, 140/90 in younger patients.  I have quite a few patients I'm treating for High Blood Pressure and I must say, acupuncture can be really effective in keeping blood pressure low [...]

Income Inequality and Stress: A Huge Toll

By | July 28th, 2013|Stress|

In an article outlining some of the negative effects of early childhood poverty (1 in 5 children in the U.S. live in poverty) because of what early-life stress does to the nervous system, the author, Moises Velasquez-Manoff, suggests that lower status in society has extremely deleterious effects on health that start early in life.  We [...]

Acupuncture for Stress: Fox News

By | July 16th, 2013|Autonomic Nervous System, Stress|

Just short  Q and A from Fox News about Acupuncture for Stress. Relieve stress naturally with acupuncture By Dr. Manny Alvarez Published June 20, 2013 Your body is hardwired to react to stress. But if you are constantly on alert, your health can pay the price. We recently got this email from a viewer looking [...]

Acupuncture for Orthostatic Hypotension

By | June 16th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

The findings of this study are at odds with studies that show acupuncture at PC6 causes parasympathetic enhancement, not sympathetic enhancement.  So not exactly sure what to make of this one.  Only the abstract is available unfortunately, since I would be interested to see exactly how they measured the HRV.  Also, using healthy volunteers may [...]

Acupuncture and Isometric Exercises for Knee Osteoarthritis

By | June 11th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Fitness and Health|

Knee osteoarthritis has been one true success story for acupuncture research.  In this study, they compare acupuncture and isometric exercise for knee osteoarthritis.  Unfortunately, they don't describe the isometric exercises well. At. all. Int J Prev Med. 2013 Apr;4(Suppl 1):S73-7. Comparison of the effects of acupuncture and isometric exercises on symptom of knee osteoarthritis.Saleki M, [...]

Acupuncture Works for High Blood Pressure

By | June 10th, 2013|Autonomic Nervous System, Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health|

Acupunct Electrother Res. 2013;38(1-2):1-15. The effect of acupuncture on high blood pressure of patients using antihypertensive drugs.Cevik C, Iseri SO. Dept. of Clinical Biochemistry, Director of The Acupuncture Clinic & The Coordinator of The Acupuncture Certificate Courses, Gazi University Medical Faculty, Ankara/Turkey. Abstract Blood pressure control is an important component of cardiovascular disease prevention. Despite [...]

Chronic Pain and the Role of Brain Activity

By | April 2nd, 2013|Fitness and Health|

This article has pertinent discussion of the issues behind chronic pain.  When a person has chronic pain, they end up with "central sensitization."  What this means is that even if the initial pain problem is gone, the brain keeps signalling that there is a problem.  This brain initiated signal can lead to ongoing and pernicious [...]

Allergies: Yet Another Study Showing Acupuncture Effective for Allergic Rhinitis

By | March 12th, 2013|Acupuncture research|

Try Acupuncture! A study in a major journal showing Acupuncture effectiveness for allergic rhinitis coming on the heels of the study discussed here. As my patients know, I was "cured" of my allergies with acupuncture, so it is one of my favorite things to treat. In this study nasal symptoms were significantly reduced [...]