Tag: acupuncture and migraine

Ethics in Medicine

Acupuncture Better than Botox, Meds for Migraines

In this study of 108 migraineurs, Acupuncture produced better results than botox or pharmaceuticals.  Their succinct conclusion “Acupuncture, botulinum toxin-A injection and pharmacological treatment have beneficial effects on chronic migraine; however, acupuncture showed more effectiveness and fewer complications.” Nice! Caspian J Intern Med. 2017 Summer;8(3):196-204. doi: 10.22088/cjim.8.3.196. Acupuncture and botulinum toxin A injection in the…

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Case Studies

Increased Sympathetic Activity in Headache Patients

This article compares autonomic activity in headache patients.  They make no distinction between headache and migraine. Though I’d expected as much, they found lower parasympathetic activity and higher sympathetic activity in headache patients. I do have one patient who has had remarkable results with acupuncture, but his stress levels remain quite high. Other than his case,…

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Case Studies

TAVNS (transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation) and HRV: Jo.Ru., La.Ja. edition

As blog readers may know, I’ve been experimenting with TAVNS in patients, not only to see how they feel with/after treatment, but also to study their HRV (stress levels) with it.  As with most of my clinical work, the results are always somewhat equivocal.  Since I can never tell if the result is real, ie….

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Stress Monitoring (HRV), Acupuncture and Migraine: Sh.Pa. edition

This data is from a relatively new patient with migraines.  She has had few migraines since starting acupuncture treatment, but it’s early yet, so hard to know for sure.                   This data represents overall stress levels.     Parasympathetic Activity represents “rest and digest” autonomic nervous system…

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Medical Research

Modulation of brainstem activity and connectivity by respiratory-gated auricular vagal afferent nerve stimulation in migraine patients.

This study combines two key areas I’m interested in. One is using auricular vagal stimulation, and the other is migraine.  Napadow has been a colleague of mine for over 10 years and he does brilliant work.  He’s an expert in brain imaging and fMRI. Frankly, I’ve hesitated to use ear stim in migraine patients because…

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Health & Fitness

Melatonin and Migraine

I recommend Melatonin and Magnesium as safe options for migraine prevention.  This article looks at one possible mechanism for melatonin’s effectiveness in menstrual migraine.  The dosage of melatonin needs to be adjusted since too much (even above 3 mg in many people) can lead to paradoxical wakefulness or morning drowsiness.  As much as 1/2 mg…

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Medical Research

Electroacupuncture at GB20 Relieves Migraine and Lowers CGRP in Animals

I was not aware that migraine sufferers had cutaneous allodynia.  That may account for the exaggerated autonomic response to needling I’ve noticed in the clinic. Neural Regen Res. 2017 May;12(5):804-811. doi: 10.4103/1673-5374.206652. Electroacupuncture at Fengchi (GB20) inhibits calcitonin gene-related peptide expression in the trigeminovascular system of a rat model of migraine. Zhao LP1,2, Liu L1,…

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Poster Society for Acupuncture Research 2017. Resilience and Results

Here is a link to to my poster in pdf form.  Nothing really new to blog readers, but wanted to post it for, uh, “poster-ity”? SAR Poster 2017 Resilience and Results                  

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Health & Fitness

Migraine and Sensory Hypersensitivity

References for the sensory hypersensitivity and physiology thereof in migraineurs. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2014 Nov;18(11):458. doi: 10.1007/s11916-014-0458-8. Migraine is associated with altered processing of sensory stimuli. Harriott AM1, Schwedt TJ. Author information Abstract Migraine is associated with derangements in perception of multiple sensory modalities including vision, hearing, smell, and somatosensation. Compared to people without…

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Case Studies

Clinical Case: Cosmetic Acupuncture, Migraine and HRV Mi.Do.

This is another case looking at stress reduction with cosmetic acupuncture, similar to this one.  This patient also had migraines and lesser headaches which have also improved significantly. We can see the over stress levels, LF/HF tending to decrease.  But parasympathetic (rest and digest autonomic activity) increase, and sympathetic activity (fright or flight) decrease over…

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