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Intensive Meditation and Migraines: Effects on Health and Well Being

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: April 22, 2008
Last Update Posted: July 29, 2016
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Madhav Goyal, Johns Hopkins University
April 21, 2008
April 22, 2008
July 29, 2016
April 2008
February 2014   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
number of migraine days, number of headache days [ Time Frame: 3,6,12 months ]
# of migraine days, # of headache days [ Time Frame: 3,6,12 months ]
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00663585 on ClinicalTrials.gov Archive Site
  • severity of headaches [ Time Frame: 3,6,12 months ]
  • quality of life [ Time Frame: 3,6,12 months ]
  • Heart Rate Variability [ Time Frame: 3,6,12 months ]
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Intensive Meditation and Migraines: Effects on Health and Well Being
Intensive Meditation and Migraines: Effects on Health and Well Being
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.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Chronic Daily Headache
Behavioral: Vipassana Meditation
12 day retreat where participants learn to meditate
  • Experimental: 1
    Structured Intervention Group
    Intervention: Behavioral: Vipassana Meditation
  • Active Comparator: 2.Comparison group
    Unstructured comparison group
    Intervention: Behavioral: Vipassana Meditation
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June 2014
February 2014   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

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.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
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United States
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Madhav Goyal, Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University
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Study Director: Madhav Goyal, MD, MPH Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University
July 2016

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