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Evaluating Acupuncture Points With Scanning Kelvin Probe

This study has suspended participant recruitment.
(Adjusting minor software glitches)
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Andrew A. Ahn, Massachusetts General Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01545960
First received: March 2, 2012
Last updated: NA
Last verified: March 2012
History: No changes posted

March 2, 2012
March 2, 2012
August 2011
August 2012   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Electrical Potential at Acupuncture points [ Time Frame: One day ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Scanning Kelvin Probe measurements of electrical potentials at 3 predetermined acupuncture points.
Same as current
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Evaluating Acupuncture Points With Scanning Kelvin Probe
Scanning Kelvin Probe Measurements of Acupuncture Point

The purpose of this study is to characterize the surface electrical potential of acupuncture points with a Scanning Kelvin Probe.

Acupuncture points are anatomical structures described by traditional Chinese medicine. To this day, however, their scientific and Western anatomical characterizations remain unclear. Past studies have suggested that acupuncture points are distinct electrically (increased electrical conductivity). To evaluate this claim, this study uses a Scanning Kelvin Probe to study the electrical potential of three acupuncture points and their respective adjacent controls in 24 healthy individuals. The Scanning Kelvin Probe is a novel device that measures the electrical potential of skin without actually touching the skin surface.

Observational
Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
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Retention:   Samples With DNA
Description:

Whole Blood

Probability Sample

Healthy volunteers

  • Healthy Individuals
  • Acupuncture Points
  • Electrical Potential
Other: not applicable in this study
No actual interventions will be administered for this study.
Healthy Volunteers
Intervention: Other: not applicable in this study
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Suspended
24
August 2012
August 2012   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Individuals without chronic medical condition requiring daily medications (hypertension, diabetes, hypothyroidism, etc).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Individuals with autonomic disorders (sweating irregularities), skin disorders, extensive burns/scars on the hand, tremors, neuromuscular conditions, restless leg syndrome, movement disorders, and implanted cardiac defibrillator/pacemaker
Both
18 Years to 65 Years
Yes
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
 
NCT01545960
5R21AT005249-03
No
Andrew A. Ahn, Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Andrew C. Ahn, MD, MPH Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
March 2012

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