The Effect of Acupuncture on Anxiety and Working Memory
This study endeavors to examine the relationship between acupuncture, anxiety, and performance on a test of working memory. In the study, all participants will complete the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) survey to determine how anxious they are at the moment and how anxious they tend to be in general. Then ½ of subjects will receive acupuncture for 20 minutes and ½ will rest quietly for 20 minutes. After this period, all subjects will again complete the STAI survey. Then all subjects will complete the Automated Operations Span Task (AOSPAN) which is a computerized test of working memory. Statistical analysis will be performed to determine if acupuncture had any effect on State-level anxiety and on performance on the AOSPAN.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||The Effect of Acupuncture on Anxiety and Working Memory|
- Change in anxiety level [ Time Frame: Baseline and after1 hour ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Participants will complete the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory survey to see how anxious they are initially; after acupuncture treatment or quiet resting, they will complete the survey again to see how anxious they are after the intervention.
- Memory task [ Time Frame: After 1 hour ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Following acupuncture treatment or resting control, participants will complete a standardized memory test (AOSPAN) to see if intervention affects memory.
|Study Start Date:||February 2011|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
No Intervention: Control Group
Participants will be asked to make themselves comfortable lying on a massage table for 20 minutes.
Procedure: Control group
After completing questionnaires and anxiety survey, participants will be asked to make themselves comfortable lying on a massage table. Procedure will last 20 minutes. Following lying on massage table, participants will complete anxiety survey and memory test.
Active Comparator: Acupuncture group
Acupuncture group will receive one acupuncture treatment for twenty minutes.
After completing questionnaires and anxiety survey, a licensed acupuncturist will insert needles according to Clean Needle Technique into specific acupuncture points. Procedure will last 20 minutes.Following acupuncture treatment, participants will complete anxiety survey and memory test.
|United States, Illinois|
|Tiffani Kim Institute|
|Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60654|
|A Center for Oriental Medicine|
|Wilmette, Illinois, United States, 60091|
|Principal Investigator:||Jason Bussell, MSOM, LAc||National University of Health Sciences|
|Study Director:||Hui Yan Cai, PhD, LAc||National University of Health Sciences|