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Acupuncture for Women's Health Conditions

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00090389
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 26, 2004
Last Update Posted : January 25, 2008
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of acupuncture in treating women's health conditions.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Ovarian Neoplasms Endometriosis Pelvic Pain Uterine Neoplasms Procedure: Chinese Acupuncture Phase 1

Detailed Description:
This trial comprises three studies. In the first two studies, women will be randomly assigned to receive either real or sham acupuncture therapy. Study 1 will include women with various forms of cancer. White blood cell counts will be used to assess the effects of acupuncture on participants' immune responses. Study 2 will include women with unspecified pelvic pain and endometriosis; a self-report pain scale will be used to assess the effects of acupuncture on participants' symptoms. Study 3 will evaluate the validity and reliability of diagnoses made by Chinese medicine practitioners. In this study, a group of Chinese medicine practitioners will diagnose the same group of patients; consistency of the diagnoses will be evaluated.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 50 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) Acupuncture Research Collaborative
Study Start Date : January 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2007

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria for Study 1:

  • Newly diagnosed ovarian cancer; primary peritoneal cancer; papillary serous cancer of the endometrium; or mixed mesodermal tumor of the uterus, ovary, or fallopian tube
  • Currently undergoing chemotherapy
  • Meet certain laboratory test requirements

Inclusion Criteria for Study 2:

Currently closed to recruitment

  • Diagnosed with endometriosis or unspecified pelvic pain

Exclusion Criteria for Studies 1 and 2:

  • Use of white blood cell boosters
  • Prior radiotherapy with the exception of whole-breast irradiation for breast cancer
  • Prior myelotoxic chemotherapy
  • History of symptomatic cardiac or psychiatric disorder
  • Use of a pacemaker
  • Use of herbs or herbal supplements
  • Prior use of acupuncture
  • Enrollment in other research studies

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00090389

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United States, Massachusetts
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
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Principal Investigator: Peter Wayne, PhD New England School of Acupuncture

Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00090389     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: U19AT002022 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: August 26, 2004    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 25, 2008
Last Verified: January 2008
Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
Medicine, Chinese Traditional
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Ovarian Neoplasms
Uterine Neoplasms
Pelvic Pain
Genital Diseases, Female
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Ovarian Diseases
Adnexal Diseases
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Endocrine System Diseases
Gonadal Disorders
Uterine Diseases