Case Studies

Acupuncture for Vertigo, Autonomics and HRV: Sh.Ga

Kristen Sparrow • February 26, 2017

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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 her stated age and is otherwise healthy except for this problem.  Her stress levels are in a fairly good range for her age (RMSSD 18-50, pnn50 .01 to .11) so a few different HRV parameters should reflect improvement. So far, there has been no improvement in her vertigo, but her HRV data is encouraging.

To notice:

  1. Each treatment shows a nice decrease in stress levels or LF/HF, including the treatment of 2.22.17 which incorporated estim.
  2. Complexity measures reflect this decrease in stress (increase in complexity-confusing I know) which would be predicted by her starting stress levels.
  3. Her sympathetic activity decreased nicely with estim which I’ve observed in other cases.  Even though estim (transcutaneous stimulation of the ear to increase vagal activity) should increase vagal activity, I’ve observed estim more dramatically affect sympathetic activity.
graph of HRV
Stress levels, LF/HF









Complexity Measures combined with Parasympathetic Activity










Sympathetic Activity Only (Fright/Flight)