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Effect of Acupuncture on Human Brain Activity

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00079898
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 19, 2004
Last Update Posted : January 25, 2008
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to use brain imaging technology to examine the way acupuncture affects brain function.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Healthy Procedure: Acupuncture

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.

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Modulatory Effect of Acupuncture on Human Brain Activity
Study Start Date : July 2002
Primary Completion Date : April 2005
Study Completion Date : April 2005

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MedlinePlus related topics: Acupuncture
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Arms and Interventions

Outcome Measures

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • In good physical health
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00079898

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Hui, MD Massachusetts General Hospital