acupuncture research

Auriculo Micro Testing of the Ear for Autonomic Activity

By | August 16th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results I copied a fair amount of this article because the methodology is of interesting to me because I've always wondered if the response to needling itself (seconds to minutes) tells us anything about the patient's susceptibility to treatment or even innate resilience.  This study discussed [...]

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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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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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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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Clinical Case Studies: PMS and Harris Protocol Ja.Le.

By | May 16th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results   I've written about Dr. Richard Harris' protocol for chemotherapy fatigue.  I have been experimenting a bit to see if what effect the protocol done with needles has on patients. This case study is of a patient who is in her late 40/50's and approaching menopause [...]

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Electroacupuncture Promotes CNS-Dependent Release of Mesenchymal Stem Cells.

By | March 19th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This study with a million authors is maily out of Florida.  It's pertinent for a variety of reasons.  There is the remarkable fact that this huge group was able to get funding for such sophisticated acupuncture research and that it paid off.  Way cool on all counts. Unfortunately, no [...]

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Clinical Case: Acupuncture for Constipation, HRV Pa.Ma

By | March 7th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results This is a nice case.  She has responded well to acupuncture with improvement in a lifelong problem with constipation.  This should be a text book example of improvement in vagal activity.  What do we see?  It illustrates the value of looking at individual treatments as [...]

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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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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 Cases: TVNS only Ma.Mi, Te. Ca

By | January 22nd, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern These data sets are in two patients who showed some improvement in their autonomic balance with estim, or Transcutaneous Vagal Nerve Stimulation (TVNS) as shown by HRV.  I wanted to see what their data would look like without the needling, just estim.  In both cases, they showed improved autonomic [...]

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Changes in HbA1c and circulating and adipose tissue androgen levels in overweight‐obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome in response to electroacupuncture

By | January 21st, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

Lots of nitty gritty on physiological effects of acupuncture on tissues, neurotransmitters, and other systems.  They gave lots of acupuncture, which, again, is a bit of a stumbling block for us practitioners, but you have to crawl before you can walk.  They will be doing a full controlled study now that they had this positive [...]

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Electro-Acupuncture 36St for Allergy and Inflammation

By | December 15th, 2016|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern I was just wondering today if I, perhaps, make things more complicated and use more points than I need to. In this animal study, they showed significant effect on allergic and inflammatory markers using electroacupuncture on 36St only.  That would certainly make my job easier with all of the [...]

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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.  [...]

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 [...]

Acupuncture for Fertility and HRV (Br.Vi)

By | September 27th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

This data is from a patient I successfully treated for fertility a few years ago.  She is now back for "round two." I will probably keep this data on draft until we know what happens vis a vis pregnancy.  Given that many of the acupuncture protocols are aimed at improving uterine blood flow, and vagal [...]

Comparison of Electroacupuncture Frequency-related Effects on Heart Rate Variability in Healthy Volunteers: A Randomized Clinical Trial

By | August 6th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

Stashing this one here too.  Need to digest all of this... Comparison of Electroacupuncture Frequency-related Effects on Heart Rate Variability in Healthy Volunteers: A Randomized Clinical Trial   Abstract This study aimed to compare the effects of high frequency electroacupuncture (EA) and low-frequency EA on the autonomic nervous system by using a heart rate variability [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Metabolic Syndrome , HRV and Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

By | June 18th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

Kuan Yin Goddess of Compassion This might have potential as a way to best identify and stratify patients.  I'm trying to do this a bit with my HRV analysis and how individuals respond.  But this study is trying to drill down on the differences in the tongue characterisists between metabolic syndrome patients and [...]

GI problems and Anxiety: Case Study Acupuncture and HRV (An.Mo)

By | June 5th, 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" This is another clinical study to illustrate the current progress on my protocol. This is a young woman who has had exceptional clinical results with resolution of her GI issues (IBS type symptoms) and dramatic reduction in her anxiety.  Unlike the patient [...]

Clinical Case Study: HRV and PMS

By | June 5th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Kuan Yin Goddess of Compassion This is the current iteration of the protocol I'm working on.  The goal is to get the most favorable increase in HRV during a treatment, which will then (in theory) translate into best clinical outcomes, stress reduction, better mood. This treatment from 6.2.16 was a combination of the [...]

Acupuncture and Insomnia

By | May 26th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Fitness and Health, Stress|

A very nice review of the hazards of insomnia and the research behind acupuncture's effectiveness to treat it.Insomnia and Acupuncture " the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, five kinds of spirits inhabit the five zang-organs (heart, liver, lung, spleen and kidney). Each kind of spirit has a corresponding physiological function. The five zang-organs are unable [...]