ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Natural Bladder Control, Go Less and Live More

Vital Molecule Increases Cellular Energy and Improves Cognitive Function

Top Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies — Are You at Risk?

How Pomegranate May Protect Against Cancer

Omega Fix for Obesity: How the Right Fats Fight Fat

Trimming the spare tire: Canola oil may cut belly fat

The Onion: Cancer Fighter and Food Preserver

Fighting Heartburn and Gerd Naturally – And Safely!

Probiotics improve cognition in Alzheimer's patients

Safely Reduce a Common Cause of Stomach Distress

Print Page
Email Article

Michigan Trial of Acupuncture Effect on FM Pain Now Recruiting

  [ 355 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • January 24, 2007

A study to investigate the mechanisms by which acupuncture might relieve pain due to Fibromyalgia is recruiting diagnosed adult female FM patients who suffer pain at least 50 percent of days; have not previously undergone acupuncture therapy; and are located within about 1 - !/2 hours’ traveling distance of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The study ( number NCT00142597) is being conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan’s Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center and is sponsored the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Its objective: to “Determine the effectiveness of acupuncture versus a placebo [simulated acupuncture] in altering brain activity and relieving pain due to Fibromyalgia” – and possibly “lead to acupuncture’s acceptance by the Western medical and scientific communities as a practical treatment option.”

Study details, basic eligibility guidelines, specifics of the multiple inclusion & exclusion criteria, and contact information for interested patients are as follows.

Study Objectives & Design

As the investigators, led by Principal Investigator Richard E. Harris, PhD, explain it:
n Acupuncture functions by targeting specific nerve pathways to different organs or parts of the body. Research has shown that acupuncture is effective in decreasing or eliminating people’s sensitivity to pain in targeted regions.
n However, some believe that the reduction in pain is due to a placebo response rather than acupuncture itself. This study will use two brain-imaging techniques to determine the brain response to acupuncture versus a simulation of acupuncture, thereby assessing whether acupuncture is actually effective in relieving pain.
n Participants in this single-blind study will be randomly assigned to receive either acupuncture or placebo. The placebo will consist of a simulation of acupuncture, performed with a toothpick.
n Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) will be used to assess activity of the mu-opioid receptors. These receptors are located in the brain and are involved in the body’s ability to perceive pain. All participants will be scanned using the fMRI scanner. Only those participants who meet certain inclusion criteria will also receive a PET scan.
n Participants who do qualify, however, may elect not to receive a PET scan. Participants’ assigned treatments will be performed while they are inside the scanner.
n Baseline measures during the initial fMRI session will involve applying pressure to the thumb to elicit a pain response in the brain and assessing the corresponding fMRI blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signal.
n Participants will then receive 9 treatments of acupuncture or placebo outside the scanner over a 4-week period. The final session will be performed in the fMRI scanner to assess changes in the BOLD signal over the 4 weeks.
n During the first session in the PET scanner, baseline measurements will determine brain activity prior to the intervention. Participants will then receive their assigned treatments while in the scanner.
n After this first session, participants will have 7 additional treatment sessions outside of the scanner over a 4-week period.
n The last session will be performed in the scanner to assess changes in mu-opioid receptor activity that may have occurred over the 4 weeks.”

Eligibility Guidelines
Female FM patients between the ages of 18 and 75 may be eligible to participate in this study.

Inclusion Criteria for fMRI
1. Has met American College of Rheumatology (1990) criteria for the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia for at least 1 year
2. Chronic pain more than 50% of days
3. Willing to limit introduction of any new medications or treatments for fibromyalgia during the study
4. Able to attend study visits up to three times weekly
5. Right-handed

Inclusion Criteria for PET
1. Meets fMRI inclusion criteria
2. Willing to refrain from alcohol intake for 48 hours prior to PET studies

Exclusion Criteria for fMRI
Factors that will rule out participation include:
1. Knowledge that could prevent "blinding" of the participant to the study interventions (including previous acupuncture treatment)
2. Presence of a known coagulation abnormality, thrombocytopenia, or bleeding diathesis that may preclude the safe use of acupuncture
3. Autoimmune or inflammatory disease (in addition to fibromyalgia) that causes pain (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory bowel disease)
4. Daily use of narcotic pain-relievers
5. History of substance abuse
6. Simultaneous participation in other therapeutic trials
7. Pregnant or breastfeeding
8. Current severe psychiatric illness (e.g., schizophrenia, major depression with suicidal ideation)
9. Condition that may make exposure to fMRI medically inadvisable
10. Any condition that may prevent satisfactory completion of the study protocol

Exclusion Criteria for PET
Factors that will rule out participation include:
1. Meets any of the fMRI exclusion criteria
2. Current major depression
3. Condition that may make exposure to PET medically inadvisable.

Contact Information & Location
Contact Ginny Leone at 734-998-7110 or e-mail
Please refer to this study by identifier NCT00142597

Study ID Numbers: K01 AT01111-01; 1-K01-AT01111-01
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil FibroSleep™ Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®

Article Comments

Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment

Natural Pain Relief Supplements

Featured Products

Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health

Natural Remedies

Front Line Defense Against Colds & Flu - Support for Healthy Immune System Balance Front Line Defense Against Colds & Flu - Support for Healthy Immune System Balance
Herbal Rescue for High Blood Sugar Herbal Rescue for High Blood Sugar
More Weight Loss than Any Other Discovery in Supplement History More Weight Loss than Any Other Discovery in Supplement History
The Big Blue Fish that Helps Chase the Blues Away The Big Blue Fish that Helps Chase the Blues Away
Quercetin: Natural Support for Allergy & Inflammation Relief and More Quercetin: Natural Support for Allergy & Inflammation Relief and More

ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
Credit Card Processing
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2016 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map