Tag: acupuncture and pain

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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Medical Research

Electroacupuncture at Ipsilateral or Contralateral ST36-ST37 Acupoints on Inflammatory Pain.

Patients often wonder why I treat both sides (Right and Left) in musculoskeletal conditions.  This has long been a trick in Chinese Medicine, particularly if the inflamed joint is very sensitive, or in a cast and it often works great.  The study below shows, perhaps, why.  It’s overall reduction in inflammatory activity. Sci Rep. 2016…

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Case Studies

Clinical Case: Migraine and HRV El.Ma. Exception Makes the Rule?

This has been a gratifying case from the standpoint of clinical results.  Quick decisive elimination of her migraines.  She did have a migraine related to the flu within the last two weeks, but that was a rare exception.  Her pharmacy called her withing a few months of her starting acupuncture to ask why she hadn’t…

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Medical Research

fMRI and Effective Migraine Acupuncture Treatment

In this study, they gave intensive treatment.  Daily acupuncture for 5 days, 2 days off for 4 weeks.  I was surprised that their results were not better.  They also used three different treatment protocols, two relied heavily on gall bladder points, one with St 37 and Pianli.  In sum, quite different protocols than what I…

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Medical Research

Terminology and Word Games: Somatosensory Stimulation

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet?  Apparently not.  The Somatosensory Stimulation in this article is acupuncture, of course.  I can’t blame them for wanting to distance themselves from the “stigma” of using the term acupuncture if they want their article submitted.  Kind of hilarious though. They found clinical improvement in this…

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Case Studies

Neuropathy and Acupuncture (Do.Al): Case Study with HRV cont’d

  Warning: This post is really for the truly devoted to data.  Ugly as heck, but beautiful in its own chaotic way. We have seen this patient’s data before, but I wanted to revisit it with fresh data and a slightly different focus. This patient is in her 60’s and had debilitating peripheral neuropathy which…

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Case Studies

Migraine and Stress Levels, HRV, and Results(Sa.Be.)

More data from one of the migraine patients featured here.  Remember decreasing stress levels as measured by HRV, improves pain, immune function, mood and longevity.  In the case of migraine, it raises the threshold that will lead to migraine.  In this case, she has now has had 5 visits, with no migraine in spite of…

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Case Studies

Clinical Cases: Migraine and Stress Monitoring

Two recent migraine cases.  Two young women, both dramatic clinical responders with headaches decreasing within a few sessions.  I want to point out a few things in their data, or rather pose some questions.  Look at the dramatic increase in stress levels with needling.  I’ve seen this before, not always with migraine, but it does…

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Case Studies

Functional Movement Disorder Submission to Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal

  This is my submission in reply to a call for papers to the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal concerning functional movement disorder.   Acupuncture and Vagal Tone:  Cervical Dystonia and Intention Tremor Patients with functional movement disorders have lower vagal tone than controls according to a recent study. Lower vagal tone is associated with…

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Medical Research

Acupuncture Effective for Prevention of Migraine, Tension headache, and

Headache. 2016 Jul;56(7):1238-40. Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment or Prevention of Migraine, Tension-Type Headache, or Chronic Headache Disorders. Coeytaux RR1,2, Befus D3. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVE: To summarize the current evidence that evaluates the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment or prevention of migraine, tension-type headache, and chronic headache disorders. METHODS: Findings from selected…

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