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Effect of Acupuncture on Human Brain Activity

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00079898
First Posted: March 19, 2004
Last Update Posted: January 25, 2008
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Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to use brain imaging technology to examine the way acupuncture affects brain function.

Condition Intervention
Healthy Procedure: Acupuncture

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Modulatory Effect of Acupuncture on Human Brain Activity

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Study Start Date: July 2002
Study Completion Date: April 2005
Primary Completion Date: April 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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.

  Eligibility

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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
  Contacts and Locations
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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
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