Tag: Stress

Conditions & Treatment

Acupuncture for Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Why should you care about stress? Stress can lead to poor health, more pain, worse allergies and other immune problems, and mood problems. It can even shorten your life. You’ve probably heard that you need to manage your stress but can’t imagine where you’ll find the time it takes to meditate, do biofeedback, take vacation…

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Health & Fitness

“Stress Hormone” Cortisol Linked to Early Toll on Thinking Ability

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/stress-hormone-cortisol-linked-to-early-toll-on-thinking-ability?utm_source=pocket-newtab Photo by Francesco Sambati / EyeEm / Getty Images. The stresses of everyday life may start taking a toll on the brain in relatively early middle age, research shows. The study of more than 2,000 people, most of them in their 40s, found those with the highest levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol performed…

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Health & Fitness

David Sinclair on Anti-Aging

This is more on David Sinclair.  I covered him in the longevity chapter, here. https://getpocket.com/explore/item/this-scientist-believes-aging-is-optional?utm_source=pocket-newtab ” His 2019 book, Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To ($28, Atria Books), out this fall, details the cutting-edge science that’s taking place in the field of longevity right now. The quick takeaway from this not-so-quick read: scientists…

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Inflammation: From Depression to Dementia Inflammation is the New Frontier

Another “welcome to my world” article about how inflammation is related to mental conditions from depression to dementia.  “The barrier between mind and body, for so long a dogmatic conviction, appears to be crumbling.” Of course, that is the relationship between mind and body has been a pillar of Chinese Medicine for Millennia.  My own…

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Medical Research

Transcutaneous Electrical Acupoint Stimulation for Improving Postoperative Recovery, Reducing Stress and Inflammatory Responses in Elderly Patient Undergoing Knee Surgery.

Nice study showing that not only did the group receiving acupuncture do better on a quality of life scale post surgery, but that their stress markers and inflammatory markers were lower.  It was a simple protocol, also.  30 min St36, Spl6, LI 11 give 30 min before epidural and then post op. Am J Chin…

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Core strength and Stress

  Welcome to my world!!  I guess I’m so used to seeing the connection between stress, immunity, and the physical body, that I’m surprised that it’s still in question. This is the original PNAS paper. Some excerpts from the interview: In the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Pittsburgh neuroscientists showed that…

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Stress Increases Itch, the brain areas involved

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32147148-effects-of-stress-on-itch/ Effects of Stress on Itch Rachel Shireen Golpanian  1 , Hei Sung Kim  2 , Gil Yosipovitch  3 Affiliations PMID: 32147148 DOI: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2020.01.025 Abstract Purpose: Psychological stress and ensuing modulation of the immune and nervous systems can have a significant impact on itch. Stress can exacerbate itch and vice versa, resulting in a vicious cycle that…

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Impact of sex and depressed mood on the central regulation of cardiac autonomic function

I think it reads better using “gender” not “sex”. But the conclusion is interesting nonetheless.  I didn’t realize that depression and other mental conditions were more correlated with heart disease in women than men. I’m glad they included HFnorm values, something I can understand.  The full article is behind a paywall, so not available to…

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Case Studies

Use of TAVNS in conjunction with Acupuncture for Anxiety: Ma.Co edition

I’ve been working on trying to get a single HRV measure of efficacy for transcutaneous auricular vagal nerve stimulation.  Readers know that I look at many parameters since the “best use” procedures are far from established.  Some advocate time measures such as RMSSD, others LF/HF a frequency measure that I’ve found to be a great…

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Case Studies

Clinic Data in a Recent Migraine Patient: An.St edition 2

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…

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