Can Acupuncture Change Brain Waves?
We used Quantitative Electroencephalography to answer the question, “Can Acupuncture Change Brain Waves?” and the results were impressive. We believe that acupuncture treatment to the human body is like electronic engineering car maintenance. The only difference is that the human energetic system is not as visible as that of an automobile. We are always curious about how acupuncture affects human energy and if we can visualize that impact.
Lately, we decided to map a volunteer’s brain using a technology called Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG) before and after 20 minutes of acupuncture treatment. We analyzed recordings from that session through an FDA approved analytic software tool that leverages three databases.
As shown in the figures below, the color scheme indicates how far away one’s brain wave is from the normal values in the database. The results are presented into a “map” with the red color indicating excessive activities and the blue color deficient activities.
In the figures below are the brain maps that we derived from this research experiment. On the left side of each map are the results we obtained before acupuncture, while the right half indicates the brain map after acupuncture. Our volunteer is a 28 years old male who consented to use his data for research purposes.
So…Can Acupuncture Change Brain Waves? See for Yourself
Figure 1: surface qEEG (1-20HZ) before (left) and after (right) acupuncture treatment
Figure 2: surface qEEG (21-40 HZ) before (left) and after (right) acupuncture treatment
Figure 3: Projected qEEG inside the brain before (left) and after (right) acupuncture treatment
Dr. Hasan Asif, a New York City psychiatrist, specializing in QEEG and TMS therapy, found the normalization of brain waves as a result of our acupuncture treatment to be noteworthy.
Dr. Asif said, “we have seen similar changes in all the patients that Dr. Yang and I have tested; it is not a coincidence, it is quite remarkable.“
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