Tag: acupuncture and migraine

Non-Invasive Neuromodulation for Headache Disorders.

Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2016 Feb;16(2):11. doi: 10.1007/s11910-015-0620-7. Non-Invasive Neuromodulation for Headache Disorders. Zhu S1, Marmura MJ2. Author information Abstract Migraine and other chronic headache disorders are common and if inadequately treated, can lead to significant disability. The effectiveness of medications can be limited by side effects, drug interactions, and comorbid diseases necessitating alternative methods….

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Health & Fitness

Migraine Pathophysiology: Video from Association of Migraine Disorders

A bit long, but informative video on the nitty gritty of migraine cause.

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Case Studies

Abstract for NANS meeting. TAVNS and Autonomic Balance in the Acupuncture Clinic: Clinical Case Study

This is my abstract for the upcoming NANS conference in NYC.  It was accepted!  So to NYC for me in August. Introduction: Improving autonomic balance (increasing parasympathetic activity and decreasing sympathetic activity)leads to better immunity, pain tolerance, mood, longevity and inflammation. Both Transcutaneous Auricular Vagal Nerve Stimulation (TAVNS)[i] and acupuncture[ii] [iii] [iv]have been shown to…

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Medical Research

Acupuncture modulates the abnormal brainstem activity in migraine without aura patients.

A sizable portion of my practice is devoted to migraine patients, finding best treatments and researching their physiological response.  This paper looks at the role of abnormal brainstem activity in migraine patients without aura and how acupuncture affects it.  As with most Chinese studies we can only partly draw conclusions since they treated 5 x…

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Case Studies

Acupuncture, Stress Levels and Chronic Intractable Migraine: Af.Es. editioin

This data is from a relatively new patient who has severe, chronic migraine.  He is on multiple medications.  He takes daily medications, anti-anxiety medications, and tryptans for attacks.  The first priority is to try to stabilize his system with acupuncture and avoiding tryptans whenever possible.  He is unable to work, so the disability he is…

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Case Studies

Acupuncture, Stress Levels (HRV), and Vestibular Migraine: El.Di. edition

This is another story from the clinic with data.  This is patient who has dizziness with headache, high blood pressure, and anxiety.  All of these conditions seem linked.  He carries a diagnosis of Vestibular Migraine, but it’s hard to know if his is an actual migraine type condition or something else.  Migraine patients have certain…

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Case Studies

TaVNS and HRV: Clinical Studies El.Ma. Edition

One more chapter in the TAVNS story.  We have discussed this patient before,  here and here.  This is a young woman, migraineur, who has had dramatic and almost complete remission of her migraines.  She has had one or two “break through” headaches during her menstrual cycles, but for the most part is headache free and…

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Case Studies

TaVNS and HRV: Case Study Pa.Co. edition

As another chapter in the story of TAVNS (Transcutaneous Auricular Vagal Nerve Stimulation) in the clinic, this patient seems to have the opposite effect from the previous patient.  Obviously, there is a lot of “noise” in the system, but he seems to have lower stress levels during treatment when TaVNS is added.  I have yet…

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Case Studies

Migraines, Neuromodulation, Acupuncture and HRV:Clinical Study El.Ma.

This is another example of a migraine patient showing marked parasympathetic increase, sympathetic decrease with TaVNS or transcutaneous auricular vagal nerve stimulation in conjunction with acupuncture.  I realize that the data sets are still sparse, but interesting nonetheless.  This patient had quick diminution of her migraines after starting acupuncture over 1 year ago and now…

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Case Studies

Acupuncture and Neuromodulation for Migraines: Clinical Case Study Ne.Be.

This data is from a patient who has been coming to the clinic for acupuncture for migraines for 3 years.  His migraines are not totally gone, but he’s extremely happy with the once per month frequency he is now experiencing.  He used to have migraines 3 to 4 times per week.  Somehow, he was still…

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