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Cardiac Response to Auricular Acupuncture

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Specific vagus nerve stimulation parameters alter serum cytokine levels in the absence of inflammation

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Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation and heart rate variability: Analysis of parameters and targets

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How Acupuncture Targets Inflammation. From Harvard Gazette

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The Role of the Vagus Nerve in Fibromyalgia Syndrome

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Molecular and Functional Neuroscience in Immunity

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Modulation of the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) in the anti-inflammatory function of the vagus nerve

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International Consensus Based Review and Recommendations for Minimum Reporting Standards in Research on Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation (Version 2020)

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TRPA1 is necessary for IL-1β induced vagus nerve activity

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Cardiac Response to Auricular Acupuncture

Dynamic_Pulse_Reaction_-_Update_2020 Litscher This reflex auricular cardiac (RAC)reaction is something that Litscher is interested in.  From what I gather, it is an immediate reaction to ear needling that can be detected by wearable technologies.  He acknowledges work done with Heart Rate Variability, which is my focus. “Litscher et al. [7] published an original article in Integrative…

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Specific vagus nerve stimulation parameters alter serum cytokine levels in the absence of inflammation

This is an important article to keep in mind.  Just as in this latest article from Harvard, stimulation parameters really matter when trying to activate vagal activity.  This study is in animals and directly stimulation the vagus nerve.   If you get it wrong, you can get the opposite effect.  That is why I think my…

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Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation and heart rate variability: Analysis of parameters and targets

Use of Trancutaneous Auricular Vagal Nerve Stimulation TAVNS, might be helpful to augment acupuncture for many different conditions since improved parasympathetic activity can mitigate inflammation globally in the body.  I’ve been studying this with HRV in conjunction with acupuncture, which also improves parasympathetic activity. Machetanz K, Berelidze L, Guggenberger R, Gharabaghi A. Transcutaneous auricular vagus…

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How Acupuncture Targets Inflammation. From Harvard Gazette

Harvard gazette does a great job explaining the importance of this  Nature article that I wrote about when it came out. It’s great to have professional science writers do the explaining! A subset of neurons in the hindlimbs have been found to trigger an anti-inflammatory response when acupuncture is applied. Andrey Popov   “This study…

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The Role of the Vagus Nerve in Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Patients with fibromyalgia often have low vagal activity and low Heart Rate Variability.  Acupuncture and TAVNS can help. Review article The role of the vagus nerve in fibromyalgia syndrome Author links open overlay panelDaniel F.MartinsabFrederic J.F.ViseuxcdDaiana C.SalmabAnny Caroline AvelinoRibeiroaHelen Kassiana Lopesda SilvaaLynsey A.SeimeEdsel B.BittencourtfGianlucaBiancoghAri Ojeda OcampoMoréiWilliam R.ReedjkLeidianeMazzardo-Martinsl Show more Add to Mendeley Share Cite https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2021.10.021Get…

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Molecular and Functional Neuroscience in Immunity

Molecular and Functional Neuroscience in Immunity Valentin A. Pavlov, Sangeeta S. Chavan, and Kevin J. Tracey Center for Biomedical Science and Center for Bioelectronic Medicine, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Northwell Health, Manhasset, New York 11030, USA Stimulation of somatosensory signaling to the CNS by acupuncture activates a brain muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (mAChR) mechanism…

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Modulation of the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) in the anti-inflammatory function of the vagus nerve

The α7nAcetylcholine receptor comes up again and again in research on inflammation and has been studied in the context of acupuncture too.  Vagal activity is key to natural feedbacks for anti-inflammation.  I’ve been monitoring Heart Rate Variability (HRV) for many years which is a measure of autonomic balance.  Autonomic balance refers to the relative contributions…

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International Consensus Based Review and Recommendations for Minimum Reporting Standards in Research on Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation (Version 2020)

As blog readers know, I’m using TAVNS in the office in conjunction with acupuncture.  Some patients have a unit they use at home also.  It is becoming a focus of keen interest in the allopathic medical community, so this article covers guidelines for its use. Front Hum Neurosci. 2020; 14: 568051. Published online 2021 Mar 23. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2020.568051…

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TRPA1 is necessary for IL-1β induced vagus nerve activity

This is an abstract from the recent Bioelectronic summit.  I am keeping tabs on all of the cytokines and mechanisms because they, in many instances, can explain how acupuncture works.  I realize this is can seem abstract, but with enough data coming in, we will have a fuller picture.  Building the science brick by bridk….

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Covid Vaccine Pioneers and Others Win 2021 Lasker Awards in Medicine

I just love the story of one of the researchers, Katalin Kariko.  I shared her inspirational story here.  She persevered in her work on messenger RNA even though she didn’t even have a lab.  “they are among the most prestigious prizes in medicine, and scores of Lasker winners have gone on to receive the Nobel…

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