Case Studies

Clinic Data and the Ongoing Research into Using HRV as a Biomarker of Successful Treatment

Kristen Sparrow • January 25, 2020

As careful readers of the blog know, I’ve been looking at HRV in conjunction with Acupuncture for a very long time.  I’ve added TAVNS to the mix because it’s a treatment that can be used at home to help reinforce acupuncture treatment or even to be used on its own.  Fortunately for me, there are groups with more resources than I have looking at the problem.  They’ve helped give guidance to me in terms of TAVNS procedures that might be the most effective.  This paper discussed here, has been especially helpful as well as this one.  But what I’m trying to come up with is the parameter of HRV that best can be used for feedback in a situation such as this one. That is one part of my project.  The other part is to see if there are changes in HRV over time with continued acupuncture/TAVNS treatment. With that in mind, I’ll show you two recent data sets which make me despair of ever figuring it out.


In this case, it looks like acupuncture without TAVNS looks better than with.  I won’t bore you further, but the RMSSD in the session on 1.25.2020 was much higher to begin with, so the comparison isn’t really valid.  Back to the drawing board.