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

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified July 2008 by Logan College of Chiropractic.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by:
Logan College of Chiropractic Identifier:
First received: July 28, 2008
Last updated: July 29, 2008
Last verified: July 2008
This research is designed to study the effects of needle acupuncture on blood pressure and HRV by stimulating certain acupuncture points and meridians.

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

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: 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

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Logan College of Chiropractic:

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

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: July 2008
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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

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

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: 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
  More Information

Responsible Party: John Zhang, MD, PhD, Logan University, College of Chiropractic Identifier: NCT00724763     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RD0609080136
Study First Received: July 28, 2008
Last Updated: July 29, 2008

Keywords provided by Logan College of Chiropractic:
acupuncture, high blood pressure, HRV processed this record on August 18, 2017