Research

Acupuncture Research

“A significant portion of our profit each year has been dedicated to acquire new research equipment and other expenses to conduct various research projects in the field of natural medicine. Quality research is much needed for further advancement of this field. Scientific study contributes to refine traditional techniques, achieve greater clinical results, and ensure absolute safety.”
 


 


Influence of acupuncture on muscle coordination revealed by dynamic electromyographic evaluation

Tim Hideaki Tanaka, Ph.D.

Part of this paper was presented at the symposium: Status of Acupuncture and Moxibustion during the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan, June 2004.

 


 

Acupuncture and Sound Assisted Autonomic Modulation Technique

Part 1: The Creation and Efficacy of a HRV-Autonomic Trainer CD

Tim Hideaki Tanaka, Ph.D., D.Ac., RMT, RNCP, BCIAC

Part of this paper was presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Jacksonville, Florida March 27-30, 2003, (Tanaka. T.H., The Creation and Efficacy of a HRV-Autonomic Trainer CD in Assisting Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Training: Preliminary Report)

Heart rate variability (HRV) refers to the beat-to-beat alterations in heart rate. Under resting conditions, the ECG of healthy individuals exhibits periodic variation in R-R intervals. On the other hand, studies have shown that reduced HRV is a strong and independent predictor of mortality following an acute myocardial infarction (Bigger et al., 1992; Kleiger, Miller, Bigger, & Moss, 1987; Malik, Farrell, Cripps, & Camm, 1989). Studies have suggested a link between reduced HRV and conditions such as hypertension (Guzzetti et al., 1988; Langewitz, Ruddel, & Schachinger, 1994; Novak, Novak, de Champlain, & Nadeau, 1994), diabetes (Bernardi et al., 1992), obesity (Kupari, Virolainen, Koskinen, & Tikkanen, 1993) and negative emotions (Kawachi, Sparrow, Vokonas, & Weiss, 1995; Sloan et al., 1994; Yeragani et al., 1990; Yeragani et al., 1993). There is a significant inverse correlation between HRV and age (Kohara et al., 1996; Yo et al., 1994).


 

Published Research Papers and Abstracts

Effects of Acupuncture and Moxibustion on Muscle diseases and Muscular Functions/Metabolism and the Status of These Techniques.
Journal of The Japanese Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Vol. 54, No. 5, 698-716, 2004
Ozaki, A., Wakayama, I., Tanaka, T., Suzuki, T., Shinbara, H.

Effect of Massage on Blood Flow and Muscle Fatigue following Isometric Lumbar Exercise.
Medical Science Monitor, 10(5): CR173-8, 2004
Mori, H., Ohsawa, H., Tanaka, TH., Taniwaki, E., Leisman, G., Nishijo, K.

The Effect of Massage on Localized Lumbar Muscle Fatigue
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2:9, 2002
Tanaka, T.H., Leisman, G., Mori, H., Nishijo, K.

Influence of Acupuncture Stimulation on Dynamic Electromyographic Activity

Journal of The Japanese Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Vol. 48, No. 2, 105-119, 1998

Tanaka, T.H., Nishijo, K.

Dynamic Electromyographic Study on Acupuncture: Possible Influence in Synergistic Coordination

International Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 95, 51-61, 1998

Tanaka, T.H., Leisman, G., Nishijo, K.

The Physiological Responses Induced by Superficial Acupuncture: A Comparative Study on Acupuncture Stimulation During Exhalation phase and Continuous Stimulation

International Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 90, No. 1-2, 45-58, 1997 (Listed in the National Institute of Health, Consensus Statement on Acupuncture)

Tanaka, T.H., Leisman, G., Nishijo, K.

The Possibilities for Optimizing Acupuncture Treatment Results Through Synchronization with Somatic State: Examination of Automatic Response to Superficial Needling During Exhalation

American Journal of Acupuncture, Vol. 24, No. 4 233-239, 1996

Tanaka, T.H.

Somatic Reaction Induced by Acupuncture Stimulation: Autonomic Nervous Systems Response and Electromyographic Activity

Doctoral Dissertation, Dissertation Abstracts International, Vol. 57, No. 6 1996

Tanaka, T.H.

The Creation and Efficacy of a HRV-Autonomic Trainer CD in Assisting Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Training: Preliminary Report

Paper presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, March 27 � 30, 2003

Tanaka, T.H.

Influence of local massage application on fatigue scale and EMG power spectrum during sustained muscle contraction

Paper presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, March 27 � 30, 2003

Tanaka, T.H., Leisman, G., Mori, H., Nishijo, K.

Effect of Massage on Muscle Fatigue and Recovery

Paper presented at the International Symposium on the Science of Touch, Montreal Canada, May 16-18, 2002

Tanaka, T.H., Mori, H., Leisman, G., Nishijo, K.

Electrophysiological Study of Acupuncture Stimulation Synchronized with Patient’s Respiratory Rhythm

Paper presented at the 32nd Annual Meeting of Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Raleigh-Durham, NC, March 29-April 1, 2001

Tanaka, T.H., Nishijo, K.

Physiological Effects of Superficial Acupuncture: The Technique Focused on Patient’s Respiratory Rhythm

Paper presented at the Society for Acupuncture Research, Symposium 2000, University of Maryland, School of Medicine, October 21-22, 2000

Tanaka, T.H., Nishijo, K.

Superficial Acupuncture Needling Technique Utilizing Patient’s Biological Rhythm

Paper presented at the 4th World Congress of Medical Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, Edmonton, Canada, August 24-26, 2000

Tanaka, T.H., Nishijo, K.

The role of Acupuncture in Enhancing Synergistic Coordination: A Study Using Dynamic EMG Assessment

Invited presentation at the 5th Symposium of the Society for Acupuncture Research, Stanford University, CA., September 26-27, 1998

Tanaka, T.H.

The Effect of Acupuncture on Correcting Muscle Asymmetry: Dynamic Electromyographic Study

Paper presented at the XIIth Congress of the International Society for Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, Montreal, Qc., June 27-30, 1998

Tanaka, T.H., Nishijo, K.

The Influence of Acupuncture on Synergistic Coordination

Paper presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Orlando, FL., April 1-5, 1998

Tanaka, T.H.

Comparative Study on Acupuncture Stimulation During A Patient’s Exhalation Phase Only and Continuous Stimulation

Paper Presented at the 4th World Conference on Acupuncture, New York, 1996 (Excellent Paper Award Presentation)

Tanaka, T.H., Nishijo, K.