stress and health

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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Clinical Case: Migraine and HRV El.Ma. Exception Makes the Rule?

By | February 5th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Benefits, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This has been a gratifying case from the standpoint of clinical results.  Quick decisive elimination of her migraines.  She did have a migraine related to the flu within the last two weeks, but that was a rare exception.  Her pharmacy called her withing a few months of her starting [...]

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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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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 [...]

Impaired resting vagal tone in patients with functional movement disorders.

By | June 28th, 2016|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

This article looks at resting parasympathetic activity in patients with functional movement disorders (tremor, cervical dystonia) versus control population and finds that it is diminished.  They interpret this as an increased stress vulnerability, but I think there might be wider ramifications.  Does the decreased vagal tone lead to more movement dysfunction?  Are they somehow interconnected? [...]

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 [...]

Anti-depressants- Serotinin uptake inhibitors- and HRV

By | May 28th, 2016|Heart Rate Variability|

Nice summary of the different anti-depressants to have on hand.  I need to take this into account in my studies! Reminder:  paroxitine = Paxel Fluoxitine = Prozac Citalopram= Celexa Sertaline=Zoloft Escitalopram= Lexapro Psychosom Med. 2016 May 23. [Epub ahead of print] Differential Associations of Specific Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors With Resting-State Heart Rate and Heart [...]

Burnout Is Associated with Reduced Parasympathetic Activity and Reduced HPA Axis Responsiveness, Predominantly in Males

By | March 15th, 2016|Fitness and Health, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

In case anyone is wondering why I'm linking to all of these studies that are unrelated to acupuncture, it's because the direction I'm trying to go in my work is a means to make sense of the different HRV responses in individuals.  There are quite varied responses, but they tend to remain consistent within the [...]

Low Cardiac Vagal Control associated with worsening anxiety in breast cancer patients

By | November 16th, 2014|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Destress with Acupuncture This article is significant in that this baseline heart rate variability value may influence how people react to stessors.  Could acupuncture be considered a subtle stressor? Biol Psychol. 2012 Apr;90(1):105-11. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.02.019. Epub 2012 Mar 3. Cardiac vagal control as a prospective predictor of anxiety in women diagnosed with breast [...]

6th International Medical Acupuncture Congress of Barcelona

By | November 9th, 2014|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Two Towers: Castellers and Gothic Cathedral Finally finished with the talk at the Conference.  It went fine, only there weren't many people there since I was the second to last talk after a very long day.  Oh well!  People seemed to understand it and like it.  So yay. The full powerpoint as pdf [...]

Article Published: Does Acupuncture Reduce Stress Over Time?

By | October 19th, 2014|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Fitness and Health, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This is the linkto my article just published on hypertensive patients.  It will be available for 30 days from now online.  Afterwards the abstract will be available.  Thanks to all of the patients who had the patience to participate...

Effect of acupoint catgut-embedding therapy on changes of structure of hippocampal neurons in senile chronic stress rats

By | May 31st, 2014|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Stress|

Ancient Wisdom Through the Ages This study ambitiously explores catgut-embedding for the havoc wrought by stress on senility.  One of Sapolsky's key findings was that stress causes a feed forward loop on the hippocampus during senility.  The altered hippocampus then causes more stress, which then leads to more senility.  This is a particular [...]

Mindfulness for Weight Loss in the Overweight Patient

By | January 12th, 2014|Autonomic Nervous System, Fitness and Health, Stress|

I attended this research conference on Friday (summary of presenters and study follow).  They divided a large sample size of overweight patients into two groups.  One group received diet and exercise instruction and group discussion and simple stress reduction techniques.  The other group received mindfulness training, and a specialized program of mindful eating.  Both groups [...]

HRV, Autonomics, and Tinnitus

By | September 16th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Tinnitus can be disabling Yet another study on tinnitus and the autonomic nervous system as measured with HRV. In this study, no acupuncture is performed, they are just getting HRV profiles of tinnitus sufferers versus normals.  It compares patients with acute and chronic tinnitus to a control population.  They measured HRV for 5 [...]

Biological Sensitivity and Stress Reactivity

By | August 25th, 2013|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Destress with Acupuncture This whole approach and way of looking at stress and reactivity may, or may not have pertinence to the study I'm preparing for the International Society for Acupuncture and Meridian Studies (ISAMS) in Stockholm.  This study that I linked to previously, tries to address the issue of a person's (autonomic)nervous [...]

Income Inequality and Stress: A Huge Toll

By | July 28th, 2013|Stress|

In an article outlining some of the negative effects of early childhood poverty (1 in 5 children in the U.S. live in poverty) because of what early-life stress does to the nervous system, the author, Moises Velasquez-Manoff, suggests that lower status in society has extremely deleterious effects on health that start early in life.  We [...]

My Hero: Elizabeth Blackburn

By | July 25th, 2013|Fitness and Health|

For those of us who revere and are in awe of great scientists, this article is a fun depiction of them having to draw their discoveries.  Goofy and endearing. Some of the Nobel laureates scrawled scientific formulas on the poster-sized paper. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize winner for physiology or medicine in 2008, drew the human [...]

Acupuncture for Stress: Fox News

By | July 16th, 2013|Autonomic Nervous System, Stress|

Just short  Q and A from Fox News about Acupuncture for Stress. Relieve stress naturally with acupuncture By Dr. Manny Alvarez Published June 20, 2013 Your body is hardwired to react to stress. But if you are constantly on alert, your health can pay the price. We recently got this email from a viewer looking [...]

Sleep: The Fountain of Youth

By | June 25th, 2013|Fitness and Health|

Sleep better with Acupuncture! This is a nice compendium of tips for better sleep.  Acupuncture helps balance the autonomic nervous system so you can "rest and digest."  But there are many other suggestions. She recommends melatonin, as do I, though she feels comfortable with a much higher dose than I do.  I recommend [...]

Black Swan III: Hippocampus and Aging

By | February 20th, 2013|Acupuncture research, Stress|

Surprised to see this pithy description of the ravages of chronic daily stress.  In this excerpt, Taleb is describing a trader who undergoes small daily stock market losses and what it does to him. Nero discovered tha the losses went to his emotional brain, bypassing his higher cortical stuctures and slowly affecting his hippocampus and [...]

The Economist: Think Yourself Well

By | December 8th, 2012|Autonomic Nervous System, Fitness and Health, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Acupuncture Increases Vagal Tone too The Economist weighing  in on a Heart Rate Variability Study (my area of research) looking at vagal tone, (stress levels) in meditators.  I wasn't able to find the original article quickly, but what the Economist reports is that subjects with high vagal tone (low stress) find it easier [...]