Case Studies

GI problems and Anxiety: Case Study Acupuncture and HRV (An.Mo)

Kristen Sparrow • June 05, 2016


statue of Kuan Lin
Kuan Yin
Goddess of Compassion
“She who hears the cries of the world”

This is another clinical study to illustrate the current progress on my protocol. This is a young woman who has had exceptional clinical results with resolution of her GI issues (IBS type symptoms) and dramatic reduction in her anxiety.  Unlike the patient in the previous post, she does not have an active, speedy personality.  Rather she has a tendency towards cold and is, in general more yin.  She definitely can be needle sensitive.

This shows her data over the last year with the ear stim highlighted with black arrows as in the last case study. This is overall stress levels, where lower values=better.  It looks like it might be useful in her, but it’s a bit hard to tell.  If you look at 12.3.15, she had estim here too, and no real relaxation response.  Because she has GI issues, theoretically, she might be responsive to ear stim which should give increased vagal response.


An.Mo hfnorm 4.28.16This chart looks at just her parasympathetic activity (higher values=better).  It appears that the earstim might increase her parasympathetic response (though not on 12.30.15).

An.Mo sampen 4.28.16This data looks just at her complexity measures (higher values=better).  the ear stim doesn’t seem to help that.

An.Mo sampen X hfnorm 4.28.16Finally, this is the recent measure I’ve devised to evaluate response which combines complexity and parasympathetic activity (higher values=better).  When you combine them, the ear stim, again, does not seem to add much.  What seems to work best on her as seen in 6.11.15, 2.1.16, and 4.28.16 is a very yin treatment with minimal needling and few head points. So we’re starting to see the segmentation that I’m trying to determine.  Yin and yang.  Why didn’t I think of that sooner? 😉

There are obviously tons of more questions.  Why and when is complexity more important that parasympathetic?  Why do some people respond some ways and not others?