Longhurst

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 [...]

Brain Physiology Behind Electroacupuncture’s Modulating Effect on Blood Pressure

By | May 25th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

Nice.  This article appears in Nature, quite a coup. There is a lot about this paper that surprises me.  Perhaps I'm just not familiar enough with this type of experimental set up, and haven't been aware of these studies.   What they found was that naloxone interfered with the suppression of blood pressure by electroacupuncture [...]

Electroacupuncture at PC5-6 prevents bradycardia in lab

By | January 24th, 2015|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System|

Display Settings: Abstract Send to: Kuan LinGoddess of Compassion"She who hears the cries of the world" Background paper looking at median nerve mediated cardiac regulation.  This has an indirect relationship to HRV and my own interests. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2014 Dec 1;307(11):R1313-23. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00300.2014. Epub 2014 Sep 17. GABA [...]

Acupuncture for Hypertension: Remarkable Case Study

By | May 28th, 2014|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability|

This is the amazing case of a 60+ year old woman with long standing (30 year) history of high blood pressure.  Her daughter brought her in for acupuncture treatment since she refuses any sort of medications.  She comes from a more traditional society and is skeptical of modern medicine and always found an excuse to stop [...]

Acupuncture and Regulation of Blood Pressure: 20 years of research

By | November 16th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

Destress with Acupuncture This pertains to my own area of interest, heart rate variability as a measure of the autonomic nervous system, and describes acupuncture's effect on the autonomic nervaous system Int Rev Neurobiol. 2013;111:257-71. Acupuncture regulation of blood pressure: two decades of research. Longhurst JC, Tjen-A-Looi S. Source Department of Medicine, Physiology [...]

Cardiovascular Depressor Response: Longhurst Brain Study

By | April 28th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Acupuncture Research 2, Autonomic Nervous System|

Blog has been quiet since I was overseas after attending and presenting at the SAR conference in Ann Arbor.  It was a pretty good conference.  No big breakthroughs yet, unfortunately, but incremental progress with brain mapping.  An interesting forum discussion on electroacupuncture versus manual acupuncture.  The upshot was that we don't have enough evidence yet.  [...]