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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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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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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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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, 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 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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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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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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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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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 [...]

Clinical Case Study: Acupuncture for GI problems, Stress Levels and HRV (Ma.Bo)

By | October 20th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Case Study:  young patient with GI problems since a stint in the third world.  I've been treating her for vagal enhancement and TCM for Spleen and Stomach. 10/20/2016 13LV 20St 3Liv 15TR 4LI 6PC 6Sp 36St prone 2iV 20V 23V 18V She has some reduction in GI symptoms, but still suffers from fatigue. I have [...]

Acupuncture and Autoimmune (Ch.Va): HRV

By | October 13th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This "case of the day" highlights a few aspects of stress monitoring as a guide in Acupuncture. [Review: HRV is a measure of autonomic balance /stress levels) Each group of columns represents one clinic visit, each column 3 minutes of data. I look at each visit for response and [...]

Considerations in HRV monitoring, time of day, illness

By | October 7th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern Looking at recent "ugly" data (data that doesn't verify my various hypotheses), I realized it would illustrate a point.  That is that there are lots of factors in measuring HRV. That is why you need to collect fairly large amounts of data to recognize trends.  Lots of thing influence it.  Whether the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Hypothalamus and Amygdala Response to Acupuncture Stimuli in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

By | August 8th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

This article is almost 10 years old, but apparently I've never posted it on the blog.  It's pertinent to the autonomic piece of the puzzle that I'm trying to solve re:acupuncture results. Abstract: Brain processing of acupuncture stimuli in chronic neuropathic pain patients may underlie its beneficial effects. We used fMRI to evaluate verum and [...]

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. [...]

Research Casting Doubt on Acupuncture

By | July 30th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

Through some web searching, I was able to find a copy of this paper that's not behind a subscription firewall. These kinds of papers have been coming out for decades.  It's a safe bet as a journalist to criticize acupuncture, it's a kiss up kick down, comforting the comfortable gambit. There are no heavy hitters [...]

Sympathetic Tone and Electrical Stim at LI11

By | July 13th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

In this post, I cited the article that looked at electro at LI11. In this study it decreases sympathetic activity. I am usually looking at parasympathetic activity, but decreasing sympathetic (fright/flight) is of huge interest also. This point is also interesting because it's an alternative point for treating high blood pressure in Longhurst's protocol. What [...]