Tag: acupuncture and migraine
Don’t you wish you could get rid of your migraines? You are not alone. In the United States and Great Britain, headaches and migraines account for 20% of all visits to a Neurologist. Acupuncture can help you have more pain-free days. One of my patients says on Yelp, I have not had a single migraine since we began…Read More
This data is looking very good for this patient. She was having weekly headaches. She went a few weeks without any and had trouble scheduling an appointment. So she had one over the last weekend, or 2 days ago and yesterday. Today there is still some lingering headache. But her data looks so good, I…Read More
Sigh. The vagaries of HRV, the challenge and the opportunity… This is the story of a young woman (30 ish) with severe migraines, at least once per week. Initial treatment might have caused a migraine so I dialed back the number of needles drastically to a key four. (3K, 7H, 4Sp, 6PC). She still had…Read More
Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation at 1 Hz modulates locus coeruleus activity and resting state functional connectivity in patients with migraine: An fMRI study.
“Our results suggest that taVNS at 1 Hz can significantly modulate activity/connectivity of brain regions associated with the vagus nerve central pathway and pain modulation system, which may shed light on the neural mechanisms underlying taVNS treatment of migraine.” This study is interesting as far as it goes. It’s unclear whether a different frequency would have…Read More
In the latest issue of Medical Acupuncture they highlighted the importance of Acupuncture as a preventative and a way to optimize health. I’m preparing a journal article to show that HRV improves, stress decreases in migraineurs who have been successfully treated. This data is over patient visits for at least a year. I tried to…Read More
I’ve been testing my HRV protocol for years now looking at TAVNS, or transcutaneous auricular vagal nerve stimulation, since it made sense to me that I should be able to see more vagal enhancement, increase in HRV, and decreased sympathetic activity. It is anything but consistent. I wanted the protocol to show effect so that…Read More
Complementary and Integrative Medicine for Episodic Migraine: an Update of Evidence from the Last 3 Years.
In this review of the literature, acupuncture was found to be helpful and superior to sham acupuncture or controls. This information is particularly welcome –> “melatonin, vitamin D, higher dosages of vitamin B6 (80 mg)/folic acid 5 mg combinations, and the combination of magnesium 112.5 mg/CoQ10 100 mg/feverfew 100 mg” Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2019 Feb 21;23(2):10. doi: 10.1007/s11916-019-0750-8. Complementary…Read More
This data is from a young patient with intractable daily migraines for 1 1/2 years. She has tried any and all treatments. Drugs from betablockers, to anti-Alzheimer, to anti-depressants, to tryptans. Chiropractic, acupuncture… Everything. She came in for consulation and treatment and in the end decided to continue with what she was doing rather than…Read More
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed Cephalalgia. 2016 Mar;36(3):265-78. doi: 10.1177/0333102415583989. Epub 2015 May 11. Vagally mediated heart rate variability in headache patients–a systematic review and meta-analysis. Koenig J1, Williams DP1, Kemp AH2, Thayer JF3. Author information 1 Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University, USA. 2 University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo, Brazil School of…Read More
This data is from a patient we’ve discussed before. She was a profound responder with almost immediate resolution of her headaches with acupuncture. This is her summarized Sympathetic Activity or Flight/Fight activity during acupuncture minutes 6 to 12. This prolonged decrease in sympathetic activity over time is one of the things I find so compelling…Read More