autonomic nervous system

Migraine and Heart Rate Variability: Autonomic Impairment in Migraine Patients

By | August 20th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

"Reduced parasympathetic activity with sympathetic predominance was found in migraine patients during the night period, most affected being migraine with aura patients." Interesting to see.  Some migraine patients I see, indeed, have a high baseline stress level.  But not certainly not all.   Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2015 Oct;19(20):3922-7. Autonomic impairment in patients with [...]

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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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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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Auricular Vagal Stimulation for Cardiac Baroreflex Hypersensitivity in Healthy Young Men

By | June 8th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results This study looks at TaVNS (Transcutaneous Auricular Vagal Nerve Stimulation) versus sham in healthy males.  This study shows that cardiac baroreceptivity improves with TaVNS, but not with sham.  Also that Heart Rate and LF/HF  decrease with TaVNS but not with sham. Nice! Brain Stimul. [...]

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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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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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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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Ear Stim Increases Acetylcholine, animal study

By | March 5th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System|

This study is looking at learning and memory improvement with auricular stimulation (estim) in animals.  As the first sentence says, "Ear acupuncture enhances the secretion of acetylcholine, which has anti-inflammatory effects."  I've been using ear stim in the clinic as many patients know.  It is purported to enhance vagal activity which leads to acetylcholine release. [...]

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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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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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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 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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Clinical Case: Migraine and HRV Sa.Be

By | February 3rd, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

This is data from this patient, who we discussed a few months ago.  She has continued to migraine free.  She occasionally has a headache, but they're mild and not disabling.  It's interesting to me that her LFnorm, or sympathetic activity has had such a pronounced decrease over time.   stress levels during treatment over [...]

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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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Electroacupuncture Improves HPAA axis in animals

By | January 28th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Stress|

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26573696 Neuromodulation. 2016 Jul;19(5):498-506. doi: 10.1111/ner.12366. Epub 2015 Nov 16. Arginine Vasopressin and Arginine Vasopressin Receptor 1b Involved in Electroacupuncture-Attenuated Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Hyperactivity in Hepatectomy Rats. Zhu J1, Chen Z1, Zhu L1, Meng Z1, Wu G1, Tian Z1. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVE: The study aims to know the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) in maintenance of [...]

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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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Bio electric Energy Treatment and HRV

By | January 17th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Kuan Yin who hears the cries of the world This article compares subjects who receive sham bioelectrical energy versus verum bioelectrical energy through cell phones.  The subjects receiving the verum bioelectric energy develop lower LF/HF (stress levels) and higher HRV.  The author, Bev Rubik is biophysicist and an expert on energy healing.  I [...]

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Electro Acupuncture Improves Gastric Motility Through Vagal Activity

By | December 17th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern One more strategy to implement and study in the quest for vagal enhancement! Discussion of a similar strategy here using abdominal points Liv13, Liv14 and abdominal GB points. World J Gastroenterol. 2015 Dec 28;21(48):13480-9. Neural mechanism of gastric motility regulation by electroacupuncture at RN12 and BL21: A paraventricular hypothalamic [...]

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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.  [...]

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 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 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 [...]