Acupuncture and Sound Assisted Autonomic Modulation Technique: Patient Guide
Tim H. Tanaka, Ph.D.
Director, The Pacific Wellness Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Visiting Research Fellow, School of Health Sciences, Tsukuba University of Technology, Japan
A component of our nervous system, called the autonomic nervous system (ANS), is responsible for controlling our internal regulatory functions. A variety of health conditions are caused or affected by imbalances of the ANS. In over 20 years of experience in acupuncture and Asian medicine, my primary clinical and research focus has been on enhancing the regulatory function of the ANS to effectively treat a variety of diseases and dysfunctions using a specific acupuncture approach. Through my extensive training in biofeedback and applied physiology, I have also learned various “self care” methods which can also help balance the ANS. One of the simplest and most powerful methods involves a breathing exercise. Acupuncture and Sound Assisted Autonomic Modulation Technique is the integration of the heart rate variability biofeedback based breathing exercise, along with our special acupuncture technique targeted to stimulate the autonomic nervous system. Over the years using this system at The Pacific Wellness Institute, we have observed profound effects on conditions such as digestive dysfunctions, hormonal imbalances, circulation problems, chronic pains, and many other stress related disorders. Information about our acupuncture treatment system is detailed elsewhere. Here, I would like to offer some additional information about the unique breathing exercise. This document describes the rationale and goal of the specific breathing exercise as well as the major differences in comparison to common relaxation based methods.
Autonomic Nervous System