To Study the Mechanisms of Acupuncture Through Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Peripheral Neurosensory Testing

This study has been completed.
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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Identifier:
First received: August 24, 2007
Last updated: August 27, 2007
Last verified: August 2007

Acupuncture may affect nerve functions. This study assesses the effect of acupuncture on both the peripheral and the central nerve systems

Condition Intervention
Procedure: Electroacupuncture

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Healthy Subject Studies to Assess the Effect of Different Electroacupuncture Parameters on Analgesia, Peripheral Sensory Thresholds and Central Pain Processing.

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: September 2003
Study Completion Date: January 2007

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18 to 80
  • Male and female
  • No acupuncture treatment for the past 2 weeks
  • No analgesics for the past 2 weeks
  • Absence of neuropathic pain states

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of psychological illness
  • History of Claustrophobia
  • Lack of ability to understand the experimental protocol and to adequately communicate in English
  • Pregnancy
  • Pending litigation
  • History of head trauma
  • History of trauma or surgery to lower extremities and pelvic area
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00521547

United States, California
The University of California, San Diego, Medical Center
La Jolla, California, United States, 92093
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Albert Leung, M.D. University of California, San Diego
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00521547     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: K08 AT001695-01, 050557
Study First Received: August 24, 2007
Last Updated: August 27, 2007
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
Neuronal Mechanisms
Quantitative Peripheral Sensory Testings
Normal Volunteers processed this record on April 17, 2014