Along with standard medical treatments, there are several other therapies which accelerate the process of healing. Complimentary medicine includes a wide range of ancient to modern techniques, most of them is proven to be effective and have actual therapeutical value. For instance, acupuncture, aromatherapy, herbalism, homeopathy, yoga and nutritional therapy are considered to be beneficial if used along standard methods of treatment.
In this respect Arteriogaph can come handy as an evaluation method to track the effectiveness of commentary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Some nutrients like vitamins, minerals, trace elements, antioxidants and oils have been proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events. This study evaluates the effect of two months consumption of multi-nutrient supplements on parameters used for cardiovascular risk assessment, namely Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) and Augmentation Index (AIx).
Using Arteriograph, PWV was measured as an indicator of arterial stiffness and AIx as a marker of total peripheral resistance and endothelial integrity. 85 men and women excluding smokers underwent the measurement before and after the period of supplementation.
Result showed a huge improvement in PWV from 12 to 10 m/s which is equal to 29 years old decrease in vascular age. Furthermore, values of AIx changed from +5.2 to -14.1.
From the results it can be concluded that multi-nutrient supplementation has a great impact on reducing arterial stiffness and can decrease total peripheral resistance after two months.
This study tries to find a connection between western and eastern medical techniques. In the western medicine primary evaluation starts with systolic and diastolic blood pressure measurements, however the basic assessment in eastern medicine is pulse check and acupuncture. Here the researcher measures the pulse wave velocity as an indicator of arterial stiffness and Augmentation index to show the severity of wave reflection upon violet laser acupuncture in the series of studies.
Arterial stiffness and wave reflection determination performed using Arteriograph. Violet laser acupuncture was operated by inserting needles which emit different wavelength of the light. Acupuncture stimulation was performed at the acupoint Baihui, on the continuation of the line connecting the lowest and highest points of the ear. The data recording was done during and after the laser treatment.
Stimulation of Baihui acupoint showed insignificant decrease in PWV and insignificant increase in AIx. It has been concluded that due to small number of subjects and lack of control group the results could not support the primary hypothesis which expects the measurable alterations in arterial stiffness upon laser acupuncture.