Hormesis and Sepsis

By | August 17th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

Exercise: A form of Hormesis I link to this article not because it even mentions acupuncture, but because hormesis is mentioned more and more.  Hormesis is the phenomenon of a slight stressor conferring some protection to the organism.  A classic example is exercise.  In exercise you stress yourself to a point, but not [...]

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Saunas for Longevity: Patrick Podcast

By | June 16th, 2017|Fitness and Health, Heart Rate Variability|

I was convinced by Rhonda Patrick's research that saunas were beneficial for healthy aging in her Ferriss podcast.  In this podcast, she interviews a Finnish expert on the topic.  I've been incorporating saunas into my routine, and though I don't find them "blissful" as everyone else seems to, I can see why they might have [...]

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Hormesis: Acupuncture as Illustration

By | October 21st, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, First Do No Harm: Risks, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

I maintain that acupuncture is a form of hormesis.  After listening to the latest Ferriss podcast about raptomycin and metformin for life extension, I just shake my head.  Risk/benefit not defined if you're going to use them for life extension.  Acupuncture is self regulating, urging the body to heal itself.  The most elegant of remedies.  [...]

Vitamins are not the Value of Fruits and Vegetables

By | June 8th, 2015|Fitness and Health|

A very provocative take on why fruits and vegetables make you more resilient.  Hint: it's not the vitamins.  They contain various "anti grazing" substances to keep them from being eaten and when we consume them, it is a form of hormesis, a mild stressor, that makes us stronger.  Vitamins actually block that stressor reaction and [...]

Acupuncture: A type of hormesis?

By | September 8th, 2013|Fitness and Health, Stress|

Cold Water. A type of hormesis? In working on the poster and exploring alternative models for acupuncture effectiveness for the "Discussion" section, I came across this article as cited in "Getting Stronger," a blog devoted to hormesis. Interesting stuff. "External stressor-induced initial changes in the level of controlled variables are first detected by [...]

Moxibustion and Immune Function

By | September 7th, 2013|Acupuncture research|

What follows are two studies on moxibustion and immune function.  I have become particularly interested in moxibustion because 1) Moxibustion may operate on a different biological model instead of electrical activity. 2) Moxibustion is a therapy that patients can do on their own at home. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2013 May;33(5):415-8. [Impacts of moxibustion on erythrocyte [...]

Hormesis: Benefits of Low Dose Stressors

By | December 14th, 2012|Acupuncture Research 2, First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health|

One strategy in my mission to improve  acupuncture results is to find models in nature that explain why humans would have evolved to respond to acupuncture.  What is it mimicking in nature that makes it have it's healing properties?  For example, is it an analog of grooming, or touch? I came across the concept of [...]