Acupuncture

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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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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Evoked Pressure Pain Sensitivity Is Associated with Differential Analgesic Response to Verum and Sham Acupuncture in Fibromyalgia

By | April 5th, 2017|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results This is an important observation and conclusion, that not all patients are alike in their response to needling.  Some patients prefer, if not require light needling.  I did a poster presentation on this very topic in Stockholm.  The more general take away, is that [...]

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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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Terminology and Word Games: Somatosensory Stimulation

By | December 10th, 2016|Acupuncture research|

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet?  Apparently not.  The Somatosensory Stimulation in this article is acupuncture, of course.  I can't blame them for wanting to distance themselves from the "stigma" of using the term acupuncture if they want their article submitted.  Kind of hilarious though. They found clinical improvement in this [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Treatment Success: HRV data over time (Ne.Be)

By | September 14th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

This data has been collected since the first treatment.  He had severe migraines, 3/week and was in the last year of an extremely high pressure, public project.  Insomnia was another issue and it affected the migraines, with poor sleep often triggering a migraine. Points I want to emphasize for  you.  Patient had clinical results relatively [...]

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 [...]

Acupuncture, HRV and High Blood Pressure (Jo.Ma)

By | August 21st, 2016|Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

As part of my ongoing research on stress response and acupuncture treatment,  today's post features  data from a patient seeking treatment for hypertension, and also knee stiffness after bilateral knee replacements. I'm featuring his Heart Rate Variability (HRV) data ( a measure of his stress response) complexity data combined with the parasympathetic activity because it [...]

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 [...]

Effect of 100 Hz electroacupuncture on salivary immunoglobulin A and the autonomic nervous system

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

Effect of 100 Hz electroacupuncture on salivary immunoglobulin A and the autonomic nervous system Waki Hideaki,1 Hisajima Tatsuya,2,3 Miyazaki Shogo,2,3 Yoshida Naruto,2,3 Tamai Hideaki,2,3 Minakawa Yoichi,2,3 Okuma Yoshihiro,2,3 Uebaba Kazuo,2,3 and Takahashi Hidenori2,3 Abstract Background A previous study has reported that low-frequency (LF) electroacupuncture (EA) influences salivary secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA) and the autonomic nervous system [...]

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 [...]

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 Neuropathy: Example #2 (Ri.Ar.)

By | June 30th, 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 data is from a patient in his 70's who has had bilateral neuropathy in his legs and feet for 12 years.  A patient of mine gave him my name and he came to see me as a last resort.  He had [...]

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 [...]

Acupuncture for Endometriosis Review

By | May 7th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

Thomas Lundeberg does very thorough  and thoughtful research.  Nice resource article to have on hand. J Pain Res. 2016; 9: 157–165. Published online 2016 Mar 24. doi:  10.2147/JPR.S55580 PMCID: PMC4818044 Is acupuncture effective in the treatment of pain in endometriosis? Iréne Lund1 and Thomas Lundeberg2 Introduction Endometriosis is a multifactorial, estrogen-dependent, inflammatory gynecological condition – [...]

Knee Pain, PTSD, Stress: Clinical Case Study

By | April 26th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

This story is probably not over but illustrates a few different issues I'm tackling.  This patient is well over 60, in a competitive high powered job.  She has had health issues over time, accidents and trauma in particular.  She came in because of knee pain, but it was clear that there were system issues, too. [...]