tVNS

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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Transcutaneous Vagal Nerve Stimulation (RAVANS) fMRI in Migraineurs

By | April 4th, 2017|Acupuncture research|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results I have been exploring Transcutaneous Vagal Nerve Stimulation (tVNS) by way of auricular cymba concha stimulation as an adjunct to acupuncture treatment for over two years.  This article by friend of blog Vitaly Napadow, looks at TVNS in migraineurs.  They up the ante a bit [...]

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tVNS for Autism

By | March 10th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results This article takes an in depth look at the theoretical reasons to use tVNS for autism disorders. The recommended frequencies are here "A recent tVNS study in migraine patients showed that although both 1 and 25 Hz tVNS can improve clinical outcome in patients with [...]

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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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TVNS in Tinnitus Patients, HRV study

By | March 5th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions, Remarkable Results As some of my patients know, I've been using tVNS, or transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation in some of my patients.  I do it by stimulating the ear in the cymba concha region.  Some patients have opted to take a device home with a custom electrode [...]

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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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Clinical Cases: TVNS only Ma.Mi, Te. Ca

By | January 22nd, 2017|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Clinical Acupuncture Cases, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern These data sets are in two patients who showed some improvement in their autonomic balance with estim, or Transcutaneous Vagal Nerve Stimulation (TVNS) as shown by HRV.  I wanted to see what their data would look like without the needling, just estim.  In both cases, they showed improved autonomic [...]

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TVNS and Depression

By | December 29th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern This study looks at tVNS and depression. I've been studying Transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation in the clinic.  It involves a small ear electrode in addition to traditional acupuncture treatment.  In my latest paper submission-journal-of-medical-acupuncture-one-manuscript-for-blog, I show some of the data from these patients. Some feel that it enhances the [...]

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tVNS (Transcutaneous Vagal Nerve Stimulation) for Depression: Improves Default Mode Network

By | October 22nd, 2016|Autonomic Nervous System, Stress|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern I have done some tVNS similar to that described here in the clinic.  The stress (HRV) results are consistent within a patient, but not across patients groups.  I'm not sure why, but I'm working on it. Biol Psychiatry. 2016 Feb 15;79(4):266-73. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.03.025. Epub 2015 Apr 2. Transcutaneous Vagus [...]

Auricular vagus nerve stimulation (TaVNS) and HRV

By | October 20th, 2015|Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability|

This study finds that auricular vagus nerve stimulation (which I am currently studying in the clinic along with hrv) leads to improved hrv.  I haven't found that consistently at all.  At least not yet... Brain Stimul. 2014 Nov-Dec;7(6):871-7. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2014.07.031. Epub 2014 Jul 16. Non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation in healthy humans reduces sympathetic nerve activity. [...]