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A Pilot Investigational Study: Treatment of Anxiety With Non-Needle Electro-Acupuncture

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00335946
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 12, 2006
Last Update Posted : October 17, 2008
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Logan College of Chiropractic

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of non-needle electro-acupuncture on mild to moderate anxiety. The hypothesis is that this style of treatment will reduce state anxiety and not trait anxiety as measured by the Spielberger STAI test.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Anxiety, Mild to Moderate Device: HANS non-needle acupuncture Procedure: Stimulation of two acupuncture points bi-lateral Phase 1

Detailed Description:

Persistent and unrelenting stress is defined as anxiety. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental disorders in society. The NIH estimates that nearly 200 million Americans suffer from anxiety. Anxiety disorders are associated with a lower quality of life, functional impairment and disability, and are also associated with co-morbid physical illness.

Acupuncture, one form of complementary and alternative medicine, has been used to treat anxiety. Non-needle acupuncture is one of the safest methods, with none to rare side effects. This method has been studied in China (Han 1986) and America (Ulett 1998) Pre-intervention testing, then three treatments within one week, will be followed by post intervention testing.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : June 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2006
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2006

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MedlinePlus related topics: Acupuncture Anxiety

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Spielberger STAI test

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria: Normally healthy persons with mild to moderate anxiety -

Exclusion Criteria: Severe anxiety, depression, pregnancy, and previous experience with HANS non-needle electro-acupuncture treatment


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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00335946

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United States, Missouri
Logan College of Chirpractic
Chesterfield, Missouri, United States, 63017
Sponsors and Collaborators
Logan College of Chiropractic
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Principal Investigator: David V. Beavers, DC Logan College of Chiropractic