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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
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

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 Phase
Healthy Procedure: Acupuncture Not Applicable

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 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
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2005
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2005

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MedlinePlus related topics: Acupuncture
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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

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)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Hui, MD Massachusetts General Hospital