Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Heart Rate Variability and Complementary Medicine


Publishing date
14 Feb 2014
Status
Published
Submission deadline
27 Sep 2013

Guest Editors

1Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

2China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China

3Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea


Heart Rate Variability and Complementary Medicine

Description

Heart rate variability (HRV) is a parameter of the neurocontrol of the heart and is used more and more in recent scientific research and practice, not only in Western, but also in evidence-based traditional medicine. Today innovative research including the latest recording technology and also artificial intelligence techniques are used for data acquisition and data analysis of HRV in acupuncture and herbal medicine research.

The scope of HRV is not yet completely clear, but it is known that there are intraindividual and interindividual variances and that heart rate variation depends on age. It becomes less random with the aging process and the appearance of age-related diseases. Apart from age, circadian variations (sleep-wake cycle), physical condition, and mental and physical exertion are important influencing factors. HRV can also be affected by diverse conditions such as age-related diseases like diabetic neuropathy, renal failure, essential hypertension, cardiac disorders, coronary artery disease, or intracranial lesions. In all cases, different medications have to be taken into account.

HRV can be used as a globally reliable indicator of the state of health. However, it could be demonstrated that in special syndromes like stress one can counteract this process using different preventive methods like acupuncture.

This special issue focuses on the latest innovative aspects concerning HRV and complementary medicine. We welcome papers reporting the results of HRV in combination with different kinds of acupuncture (manual needle acupuncture, laser acupuncture, and electroacupuncture) and effects of herbal medicine, qigong, and so forth. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic and clinical HRV research in complementary medicine
  • Development of innovative HRV-related concepts for assessing the state of health
  • New methods for the quantification of HRV
  • HRV and practical implications in traditional medicine (traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Korean medicine, complementary medicine around the world, etc.)
  • HRV in traditional herbal compounds, homeopathy, anthroposophic medicine, hydrotherapy, traditional European medicine, and so forth.
  • Influence of traditional complementary medical methods (acupuncture, acupressure, Qigong, moxibustion, laser therapy, yoga, biofeedback, etc.) on neurovegetative parameters (HRV)
  • Telemedicine and HRV
  • Telemedicine and HRV

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 395485
  • - Editorial

Heart Rate Variability and Complementary Medicine

Gerhard Litscher | Wei He | ... | Lu Wang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 819871
  • - Review Article

Effect of Acupuncture on Heart Rate Variability: A Systematic Review

Joanne W. Y. Chung | Vincent C. M. Yan | Hongwei Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 810876
  • - Research Article

Impact of Colored Light on Cardiorespiratory Coordination

Friedrich Edelhäuser | Florian Hak | ... | Dirk Cysarz
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 138537
  • - Research Article

Auricular Acupressure to Improve Menstrual Pain and Menstrual Distress and Heart Rate Variability for Primary Dysmenorrhea in Youth with Stress

Yu-Jen Wang | Chin-Che Hsu | ... | Jaung-Geng Lin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 674183
  • - Research Article

The Influence of New Colored Light Stimulation Methods on Heart Rate Variability, Temperature, and Well-Being: Results of a Pilot Study in Humans

Daniela Litscher | Lu Wang | ... | Gerhard Litscher
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 476064
  • - Research Article

Pilot Study of Acupuncture Point Laterality: Evidence from Heart Rate Variability

Guangjun Wang | Yuying Tian | ... | Weibo Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 276320
  • - Research Article

Manual Acupuncture and Laser Acupuncture for Autonomic Regulations in Rats: Observation on Heart Rate Variability and Gastric Motility

Zhao-Kun Yang | Mei-Ling Wu | ... | Gerhard Litscher
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 315982
  • - Research Article

Heart Rate Variability and Hemodynamic Change in the Superior Mesenteric Artery by Acupuncture Stimulation of Lower Limb Points: A Randomized Crossover Trial

Soichiro Kaneko | Masashi Watanabe | ... | Nobuo Yaegashi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 934783
  • - Research Article

Effectiveness of Interstitial Laser Acupuncture Depends upon Dosage: Experimental Results from Electrocardiographic and Electrocorticographic Recordings

Wei He | Gerhard Litscher | ... | Ling Hu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 894096
  • - Research Article

Continuous Auricular Electroacupuncture Can Significantly Improve Heart Rate Variability and Clinical Scores in Patients with Depression: First Results from a Transcontinental Study

Xian Shi | Gerhard Litscher | ... | Zemin Sheng
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