Tag: acupuncture and anti-inflammatory effects

Conditions & Treatment

Acupuncture Might Be the Unexpected Solution to Your Bowel Problems

Did you know that the gut is sometimes called “the backup brain”? With an astonishing 100 million neurons – more than in the spinal cord, arrayed over an intricately folded surface area more than a hundred times greater than that of your skin. But the enteric nervous system, ENS, the newest mind-body connection to be…

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Medical Research

Neural networks and the anti-inflammatory effect of transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation in depression

Full article link here PDF hereTAVNS and antiinflammatory effect on depression 202012974_2020_Article_1732 Abstract Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS) is a relatively non-invasive alternative treatment for patients suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD). It has been postulated that acupuncture may achieve its treatment effects on MDD through suppression of vagal nerve inflammatory responses. Our previous…

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Health & Fitness

Killer Stress NHK Documentary Outlines the Perils of Too Much Stress on Your System

I caught this documentary on a recent flight. I can’t seem to find it except on Facebook.  It is aimed at the lay person with explanations for the brain areas involved in the stress response, as well as the autonomic nervous system and adrenal glands. As much as I read about stress and the ills…

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Medical Research

Neuromodulation, Electric Cures and Acupuncture Are All Methods of Alleviating the Toxic Inflammatory Reflex Involved in to Aging

I searched for this “electric cures” issue of Scientific American for a presentation I’m giving. ( I blogged about it when it came out.) I found a link to a letter to the editor. I wonder whether Tracey has considered that acupuncture may somehow mimic the responses he found. I haven’t tried it, but friends…

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Medical Research

Acupuncture in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome based on "interaction of brain and kidney" in TCM

I’m linking to this article because it’s interesting, of course, but also because I’ve become interested in markers of inflammation and how acupuncture affects them.  In this study, 4 weeks of daily acupuncture alleviated the symptoms of patients with chronic fatigue, and also lowered their inflammation markers, IL6 and interferon γ. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2019…

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Health & Fitness

Immunity and Schizophrenia

Another great piece by Moises Velasquez-Manoff.  We looked at his work here and here   a mong others. “Dr. Tsuyoshi Miyaoka, a psychiatrist treating him at the Shimane University School of Medicine in Japan, eventually diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia. He then prescribed a series of antipsychotic drugs. None helped. The man’s symptoms were, in medical parlance, “treatment…

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Health & Fitness

Seed and Soil: With Cancer We Need To Focus on Both

This important article in the New Yorker reinforces my approach to prevention and health.  Siddhartha Mukherjee makes the point that cancer and its treatment should not just be focused on the cancer itself, but the body where it is housed.  He draws the analogy of the recent mussel invasion of Lake Michigan. This type of…

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Medical Research

Electroacupuncture ST36 prevents postoperative intra-abdominal adhesions formation.

  Fascinating study that shows electroacupuncture at St36 can reduce postoperative adhesions by anti-inflammatory cholinergic effects.   Sham acupuncture does not have the same effect.  Vagotomy reduces this effect.  So somehow St36 has vagal enhancing characteristics. This is a key point for me since vagal tone is, to a large extent, what I am measuring…

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