acupuncture for prevention

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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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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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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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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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

Placebo Effect Varies with Type Administered

By | January 26th, 2014|Acupuncture research, First Do No Harm: Risks|

This study compiled many studies already performed and showed that sham acupuncture and sham surgery had a higher placebo effect than a sham pill for migraine treatment.  The commentary challenges the researchers take away lesson, however, and feel that clinicians should harness the placebo effect if it works better than standard treatment.  Given that the [...]

Knee Surgery for Meniscus Repair No Better Than Placebo

By | January 14th, 2014|First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

Of course, surgery is one of the most powerful placebos that exist.  But the studies that have actually looked at placebo surgery are vanishingly rare.  So bravo that they looked, and shame on surgeons that they so seldom scrutinize the real value of their procedures. THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Improvements in knee [...]

Julianne Moore’s Fountain of Youth

By | November 19th, 2013|Clinical Acupuncture Cases|

Is this how Julianne Moore stays looking so young? November 4, 2013 by Tian Nu San Hua 0 Comments Carrie star Julianne Moore covers Health magazine this month and gave up some secrets about how she stays looking so good at 52. Acupuncture: “For back pain, it’s amazing. I also had a period after my [...]

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 [...]

Sleep: The Fountain of Youth

By | June 25th, 2013|Fitness and Health|

Sleep better with Acupuncture! This is a nice compendium of tips for better sleep.  Acupuncture helps balance the autonomic nervous system so you can "rest and digest."  But there are many other suggestions. She recommends melatonin, as do I, though she feels comfortable with a much higher dose than I do.  I recommend [...]

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 [...]

Cardiovascular Depressor Response: Longhurst Brain Study

By | April 28th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System|

Blog has been quiet since I was overseas after attending and presenting at the SAR conference in Ann Arbor.  It was a pretty good conference.  No big breakthroughs yet, unfortunately, but incremental progress with brain mapping.  An interesting forum discussion on electroacupuncture versus manual acupuncture.  The upshot was that we don't have enough evidence yet.  [...]

Squats, Good for Knees, Good for Health

By | January 31st, 2013|Fitness and Health|

Acupuncture can help! Squats are great for aging knees since they strengthen the muscles around the knee to keep it stable.  They also help your body to produce Growth Hormone which is anti-aging. Ask Well: Squats for Aging Knees By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS Ask WellI'm looking for exercises to strengthen aging knees. I'm in [...]

Acupuncture and Arthritis

By | November 27th, 2012|Acupuncture Research 2|

Acupuncture can help! This is from Acufinder, a directory for Acupuncturists.  As usual they do incredibly poor referencing to original sources, but thought that there might be interest. "Alleviate Arthritis Pain Arthritis isn't just one disease, but a complex disorder comprised of more than 100 distinct conditions that can affect people at any [...]

The Big Picture:Sunday Morning Philosophizing

By | November 25th, 2012|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

One of the themes that pervade modern U.S. life. from the Big Short, by Michael Lewis  p.110 "In public markets, you have people focused on quarterly earnings rather than the business franchise.  You have people doing things for all sorts of insane reasons."  They believed, further, that public financial markets lacked investors with an interest [...]