Intensive Meditation and Migraines: Effects on Health and Well Being

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified October 2008 by Johns Hopkins University.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
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First received: April 21, 2008
Last updated: February 11, 2010
Last verified: October 2008
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 Intervention
Chronic Daily Headache
Behavioral: Vipassana Meditation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Intensive Meditation and Migraines: Effects on Health and Well Being

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Further study details as provided by Johns Hopkins University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • number of migraine days, number of headache days [ Time Frame: 3,6,12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • severity of headaches [ Time Frame: 3,6,12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • quality of life [ Time Frame: 3,6,12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Heart Rate Variability [ Time Frame: 3,6,12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: April 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

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.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00663585

Contact: Madhav Goyal, MD, MPH (410) 502-8814

United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Recruiting
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21287
Sub-Investigator: Madhav Goyal, MD, MPH         
Principal Investigator: Daniel E. Ford, MD,MPH         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins University
Study Director: Madhav Goyal, MD, MPH Johns Hopkins University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Madhav Goyal, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dept of Medicine Identifier: NCT00663585     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NA_00016428  RR023266 
Study First Received: April 21, 2008
Last Updated: February 11, 2010
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Headache Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2016