Evaluating the Effect of Acupuncture on Pain Relief Using Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST)


The purpose of this study is to explore a new approach to assessing the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy in the treatment chronic pain conditions.

Study Start Date

January 2010

Estimated Completion Date

June 2016


  • Other: Acupuncture, sham acupuncture or neither


  • Internal Medicine: Complementary Medicine,Pain Management
  • Physician Assistant: Complementary Medicine
  • Pain Management: Orthopedics

MeSH Terms

  • Acupuncture
  • Pain

Study ID

Massachusetts General Hospital -- 2009P 0001551



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Massachusetts General Hospital

Inclusion Criteria

    1. Subject will be between ages 18 to 65 years. Both male and female subjects will be recruited. 2. Subject should have had cervical or lumbar radicular pain for at least two months. This requirement is to avoid the uncertainty of an unstable pain condition and to minimize the study variation. 3. Subject has a pain score of 4 or above (visual analog scale, VAS: 0
  • 10 from no pain to worst pain). 4. Cervical or lumbar radicular pain will include, but is not limited to, such clinical conditions as disk herniation, spinal stenosis, and post-laminectomy syndrome. 5. For controls, healthy subjects without radicular pain for at least three months will be recruited.

Exclusion Criteria

    1. Subject has detectable sensory deficits at the site of QST. Sensory deficits refer to such conditions resulting from neurological diseases or medical conditions causing peripheral polyneuropathy and sensory changes, which include but are not limited to diabetic neuropathy, alcoholic neuropathy, AIDS neuropathy, severe thyroid disease, and severe liver or kidney disorders. 2. Subject has scar tissue, infection, or acute injury at the site of QST. 3. Subject is on anticoagulation therapy. 4. Subject is pregnant. 5. Subject is tested positive on illicit drugs.




18 Years to 65 Years

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Study Locations and Contact Information (1)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
MGH Center for Translational Pain Research - Boston, Massachusetts 2.8 miles None None None

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