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Intensive Meditation and Migraines: Effects on Health and Well Being

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00663585
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 22, 2008
Last Update Posted : July 29, 2016
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
Participants completing training in intensive meditation and continuing frequent practice for one year would experience reduced frequency, duration and severity of headaches along with improved awareness of the triggers of their symptoms, improved quality of life and mental health, improved heart rate variability, and reduced inflammation.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Chronic Daily Headache Behavioral: Vipassana Meditation

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 36 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Intensive Meditation and Migraines: Effects on Health and Well Being
Study Start Date : April 2008
Primary Completion Date : February 2014
Study Completion Date : June 2014

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Headache Migraine
U.S. FDA Resources

Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
Structured Intervention Group
Behavioral: Vipassana Meditation
12 day retreat where participants learn to meditate
Active Comparator: 2.Comparison group
Unstructured comparison group
Behavioral: Vipassana Meditation
12 day retreat where participants learn to meditate


Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. number of migraine days, number of headache days [ Time Frame: 3,6,12 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. severity of headaches [ Time Frame: 3,6,12 months ]
  2. quality of life [ Time Frame: 3,6,12 months ]
  3. Heart Rate Variability [ Time Frame: 3,6,12 months ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic Daily Headache, defined as a headache at least 15 days of the month, of which at least 8 are migraines.

Exclusion Criteria:1.

  • Severe depression, anxiety, panic attacks, psychosis or dementia that may interfere with ability to participate in a 10 day course
  • Active alcoholism on screening or use of illicit drugs within the last 3 months
  • Already completed a 10 day course
  • Actively involved in another form of meditation over the past 6 months
  • Women who are pregnant, planning pregnancy during trial period, or lactating.
Contacts and Locations

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Locations
United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21287
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins University
Investigators
Study Director: Madhav Goyal, MD, MPH Johns Hopkins University
More Information

Responsible Party: Madhav Goyal, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00663585     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NA_00016428
RR023266
First Posted: April 22, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 29, 2016
Last Verified: July 2016

Keywords provided by Madhav Goyal, Johns Hopkins University:
Migraine
Headache
Vipassana
Meditation
Intensive

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Migraine Disorders
Headache
Headache Disorders
Headache Disorders, Primary
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms