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Neuropeptides SP and CGRP Underlie the Electrical Properties of Acupoints.

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Mechanisms of acupuncture-electroacupuncture on persistent pain

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Neuromechanism of acupuncture regulating gastrointestinal motility

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Neural Control of Energy Balance: Biochemistry behind Glucose Metabolism and Obesity

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Acupuncture for Parkinson’s Disease: Efficacy Evaluation and Mechanisms in the Dopaminergic Neural Circuit

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Neuroplasticity of Acupuncture for Stroke: An Evidence-Based Review of MRI

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Acupuncture for prevention of Cis-Platinum neuropathy: role of GRK2

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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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Neuropeptides SP and CGRP Underlie the Electrical Properties of Acupoints.

It’s hard to know if this is super relevant, but it caught my eye because of the new, pricey, monthly injectable for migraine that targets CGRP.  Probably in no way pertinent, but I like to have this nonetheless.  Another article on acupoints here. AMA Fan Y, Kim DH, Ryu Y, et al. Neuropeptides SP and…

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Mechanisms of acupuncture-electroacupuncture on persistent pain

This extremely detailed article on acupuncture-electroacupuncture for persisten pain from 2014 lays out all of the various physiological mechanisms involved in Acupuncture’s effect on pain.  I perused it for my writing project, Deep Resilience chapter on Pain.  It is SO detailed that I really can’t use it for my chapter.  But I’m happy to have…

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Neuromechanism of acupuncture regulating gastrointestinal motility

This article goes into detail on the mechanisms involved in acupuncture’s effect on the GI tract, which is closely related to my interest in vagal activity in conjunction with acupuncture treatment. Yu Z. Neuromechanism of acupuncture regulating gastrointestinal motility. World J Gastroenterol. 2020;26(23):3182-3200. doi:10.3748/wjg.v26.i23.3182 Go to: Abstract Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of…

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Neural Control of Energy Balance: Biochemistry behind Glucose Metabolism and Obesity

This article has background material on circuits involved in metabolism and homeostatic mechanisms involved in glucose metabolism with possible applications for obesity. This is not my particular area of expertise, but I do follow the biochemisty of the effects of acupuncture, so I’m filing it away. Gautron L, Elmquist JK, Williams KW. Neural control of…

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Acupuncture for Parkinson’s Disease: Efficacy Evaluation and Mechanisms in the Dopaminergic Neural Circuit

This is a fantastic review article on Acupuncture for Parkinson’s.  I will summarize it in a subsequent post.  It is full of mechanisms and neurotransmitter detail Neural Plast. 2021; 2021: 9926445. Published online 2021 Jun 15. doi: 10.1155/2021/9926445 PMCID: PMC8221898 PMID: 34221005 Acupuncture for Parkinson’s Disease: Efficacy Evaluation and Mechanisms in the Dopaminergic Neural Circuit Yadan…

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Neuroplasticity of Acupuncture for Stroke: An Evidence-Based Review of MRI

This article is way above my head.  The details of MRI studies are foreign to me.  But, as with so many other aspects of acupuncture,  the science is starting to explain the empirical successes of acupuncture.  What always seemed like placebo and wishful thinking actually has firm roots in measurable phenomena. Neuroplasticity of Acupuncture for…

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Acupuncture for prevention of Cis-Platinum neuropathy: role of GRK2

These studies are getting more and more granular and exciting!  In this study, preventative electroacupuncture in mice reduced peripheral neuropathy in animals.  This all contributes to the effort to figure out best practices for using more acupuncture for maintenance and prevention.  This concept, of course, is a mainstay of ancient practice. Spinal Neuronal GRK2 Contributes…

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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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