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Migraine and Brain Regions

By | March 11th, 2014|Fitness and Health|

Acupuncture Helps With Migraines The reason I'm citing this article is that acupuncture acts on the limbic system.  Migraine, preceded by cortical spreading depression, shows increased connectivity in the limbic/viscerosensory network.  This may give rationale for acupuncture's effectiveness in some migraine cases. Cephalalgia. 2013 Nov;33(15):1264-8. doi: 10.1177/0333102413490344. Epub 2013 May 29. The missing link: [...]

HRV and Brain Immune Response

By | March 10th, 2014|Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Patients receiving ongoing acupuncture treatment repeatedly report a sense of higher "resilience."  What that means, is a sense of being better able to handle stresses that life deals them.  This phenomenon is a subtle but very real outcome during acupuncture treatment. This study is part of the background for my approach to studying HRV in [...]

Autism and the Brain

By | November 30th, 2012|Fitness and Health|

Tricky business of turning off some parts of the brain to improve performance.  An article from Scientific American about using electrical stimulation to improve creativity.  And an article from NYTimes about using the peculiar and sometimes prodigious skills of autistic individuals for productive enterprise.  We've discussed autism a bit here and here. In the November/December [...]