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The Effect of Auricular Point Stimulation on Obese Women

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: NCT00969267
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 1, 2009
Last Update Posted : May 29, 2014
National Yang Ming University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Chung-Hua Hsu, Taipei City Hospital

Brief Summary:
The aim of the study is to examine whether the ear acupoint stimulation is effective on obese women.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Obesity Other: ear-acupuncture A Other: stimulation B Other: stimulation C Phase 3

Detailed Description:
% change body weight, BMI, lipid profile, glucose and obese hormone.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 90 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of Auricular Point Stimulation on Obese Women: a Randomized Controlled Trial
Study Start Date : August 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2010

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Stimulation A
with needle A stimulation
Other: ear-acupuncture A
with needle stimulation
Other Name: ear acupuncture needle

Active Comparator: Stimulation B
with stimulation
Other: stimulation B
with bread stimulation on ear acupuncture point
Other Name: ear acupuncture bread

Sham Comparator: Stimulation C
without needle
Other: stimulation C
without needle stimulation
Other Name: placebo needle

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. % reducting of body mass index (BMI) [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 65 Years   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 16-65 years women
  • BMI>27 kg/mm
  • Signed informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Endocrine disease, e.g. thyroid disorder, pituitary disorder, and sex gland disorder.
  • Heart disease, e.g. arrhythmia, heart failure, myocardial infarction, and patient with pacemaker.
  • Allergy and Immunology disease.
  • High aminotransferases ( Alanine, Aspartate > 80 IU/L) or high serum creatinine (> 2.5 mg/dL)
  • Pregnant or lactating women.
  • Childbirth within 6 months.
  • Stroke or otherwise unable to exercise
  • Management for weight control within 3 months.
  • Any other conditions deemed unsuitable for trial as evaluated by the physician-in-charge.
  • Endocrine disease

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00969267

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Branch of Chinese Medicine, Taipei City Hospital
Taipei, Taiwan, 886
Sponsors and Collaborators
Taipei City Hospital
National Yang Ming University
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Principal Investigator: Chung-Hua Hsu, MD, PhD Insitute of Traditional Medicine, National Yang Ming University

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Responsible Party: Chung-Hua Hsu, vice superintendent, Taipei City Hospital Identifier: NCT00969267    
Other Study ID Numbers: 98001-62-020
First Posted: September 1, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 29, 2014
Last Verified: May 2014
Keywords provided by Chung-Hua Hsu, Taipei City Hospital:
ear acupuncture
obese women