The Effect of Acupuncture on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) (Acupuncture)

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified July 2008 by Logan College of Chiropractic.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : July 30, 2008
Last Update Posted : July 30, 2008
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Brief Summary:
This research is designed to study the effects of needle acupuncture on blood pressure and HRV by stimulating certain acupuncture points and meridians.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hypertension Device: acupuncture Device: sham needle treatment Phase 1 Phase 2

Detailed Description:
Outcome measurements include blood pressure and heart rate variability.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Care Provider)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of Acupuncture on Blood Pressure and HRV
Study Start Date : July 2008
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 2009

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MedlinePlus related topics: Acupuncture
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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
Treatment group.
Device: acupuncture
to Liv 3 and PE 9.
Sham Comparator: 2
control group
Device: sham needle treatment
needle not in meridian area

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Blood pressure and HRV [ Time Frame: five weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female suffering from mild hypertension (systolic BP between 130-165 mmHg, diastolic BP between 90-120 mmHg).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Individuals with heart, kidney, thyroid disorders, diabetes, chronic disease or illness, neurological diseases, skin or bleeding disorders,
  • Currently taking prescription or OTC medications and/or herb/supplements that effect BP or autonomic tone will not be recruited into the study.
  • In addition, individuals who have a pacemaker and/or are pregnant will not be recruited in the study. A health history questionnaire was used to screen subjects.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00724763

United States, Missouri
Logan University Recruiting
Chesterfield, Missouri, United States, 63017
Contact: John Zhang, MD, PhD    636-230-1920   
Principal Investigator: John Zhang, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Logan College of Chiropractic

Responsible Party: John Zhang, MD, PhD, Logan University, College of Chiropractic Identifier: NCT00724763     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RD0609080136
First Posted: July 30, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 30, 2008
Last Verified: July 2008

Keywords provided by Logan College of Chiropractic:
acupuncture, high blood pressure, HRV