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Acupuncture for Migraine: a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Study

2014-08-27 03:12:36 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Selecting acupoints along meridians is the predominant principle in acupuncture treatment, and it is also considered to ensure acupuncture efficacy. This experiment is to investigate whether specific brain networks gradually come in formation in accordance with this kind of acupoint selection methods.

Description

Every participants in the four intervention groups will go through functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) scan four times: the 1st scan will be performed at their baselines; the 2nd scan will be done after 2 courses (10 times) acupuncture treatment; the 3rd scan will be performed when the 4 courses end; the 4th scan will be operated after three-month enrollment.

Volunteers in waiting list group will undergo the above scans at the same time points in exception of acupuncture treatment.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Migraine

Intervention

manual acupuncture

Location

Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chengdu
Sichuan
China
610075

Status

Recruiting

Source

Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:12:36-0400

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A type of massage in which finger pressure on specific body sites is used to promote healing, relieve fatigue, etc. Although the anatomical locations are the same as the ACUPUNCTURE POINTS used in ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY (hence acu-), no needle or other acupuncture technique is employed in acupressure. (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed). Shiatsu is a modern outgrowth that focuses more on prevention than healing.

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