The Effect of Acupuncture on Anxiety and Working Memory
This study endeavors to examine the relationship between acupuncture, anxiety, and performance on a test of working memory. In the study, all participants will complete the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) survey to determine how anxious they are at the moment and how anxious they tend to be in general. Then ½ of subjects will receive acupuncture for 20 minutes and ½ will rest quietly for 20 minutes. After this period, all subjects will again complete the STAI survey. Then all subjects will complete the Automated Operations Span Task (AOSPAN) which is a computerized test of working memory. Statistical analysis will be performed to determine if acupuncture had any effect on State-level anxiety and on performance on the AOSPAN.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||The Effect of Acupuncture on Anxiety and Working Memory|
- Change in anxiety level [ Time Frame: Baseline and after1 hour ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Participants will complete the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory survey to see how anxious they are initially; after acupuncture treatment or quiet resting, they will complete the survey again to see how anxious they are after the intervention.
- Memory task [ Time Frame: After 1 hour ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Following acupuncture treatment or resting control, participants will complete a standardized memory test (AOSPAN) to see if intervention affects memory.
|Study Start Date:||February 2011|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
No Intervention: Control Group
Participants will be asked to make themselves comfortable lying on a massage table for 20 minutes.
Procedure: Control group
After completing questionnaires and anxiety survey, participants will be asked to make themselves comfortable lying on a massage table. Procedure will last 20 minutes. Following lying on massage table, participants will complete anxiety survey and memory test.
Active Comparator: Acupuncture group
Acupuncture group will receive one acupuncture treatment for twenty minutes.
After completing questionnaires and anxiety survey, a licensed acupuncturist will insert needles according to Clean Needle Technique into specific acupuncture points. Procedure will last 20 minutes.Following acupuncture treatment, participants will complete anxiety survey and memory test.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01492738
|United States, Illinois|
|Tiffani Kim Institute|
|Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60654|
|A Center for Oriental Medicine|
|Wilmette, Illinois, United States, 60091|
|Principal Investigator:||Jason Bussell, MSOM, LAc||National University of Health Sciences|
|Study Director:||Hui Yan Cai, PhD, LAc||National University of Health Sciences|