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Effect of Acupuncture on Human Brain Activity

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00079898
First received: March 18, 2004
Last updated: January 23, 2008
Last verified: January 2008
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to use brain imaging technology to examine the way acupuncture affects brain function.


Condition Intervention
Healthy
Procedure: Acupuncture

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Modulatory Effect of Acupuncture on Human Brain Activity

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):

Study Start Date: July 2002
Study Completion Date: April 2005
Primary Completion Date: April 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Acupuncture is emerging as an important procedure in complementary medicine. Its mechanism of action remains unclear, but research suggests that its effects are mediated through a widely connected network that is involved in the regulation of mood, behavior, and function of physiological systems. This study will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to monitor the effects of manual acupuncture on the brain function of study participants.

Participants in this study will undergo acupuncture one needle at a time. Researchers will then ask participants questions about how they feel and will compare the sensations reported by participants to their images of brain response.

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • In good physical health
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00079898

Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Hui, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00079898     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21 AT000978-01A1
Study First Received: March 18, 2004
Last Updated: January 23, 2008
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

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