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Acupuncture for Women's Health Conditions

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Identifier:
First received: August 25, 2004
Last updated: January 23, 2008
Last verified: January 2008
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of acupuncture in treating women's health conditions.

Condition Intervention Phase
Ovarian Neoplasms Endometriosis Pelvic Pain Uterine Neoplasms Procedure: Chinese Acupuncture Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) Acupuncture Research Collaborative

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

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: January 2005
Study Completion Date: May 2007
Primary Completion Date: May 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
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: NCT00090389

United States, Massachusetts
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Peter Wayne, PhD New England School of Acupuncture
  More Information Identifier: NCT00090389     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: U19AT002022 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: August 25, 2004
Last Updated: January 23, 2008

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
Medicine, Chinese Traditional

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pelvic Pain
Genital Diseases, Female
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Ovarian Neoplasms
Uterine Neoplasms
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Ovarian Diseases
Adnexal Diseases
Urogenital Neoplasms
Endocrine System Diseases
Gonadal Disorders
Uterine Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017