Effect of Acupuncture on Human Brain Activity
The purpose of this study is to use brain imaging technology to examine the way acupuncture affects brain function.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
|Official Title:||Modulatory Effect of Acupuncture on Human Brain Activity|
|Study Start Date:||July 2002|
|Study Completion Date:||April 2005|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
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.
|Principal Investigator:||Kathleen Hui, MD||Massachusetts General Hospital|