Acupuncture / Moxibustion Study
This is a 24 week, randomized, double blind, controlled NIH funded clinical trial investigating the efficacy of two Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, acupuncture and moxibustion in reducing the frequency of diarrhea (soft or loose stools) in HIV positive individuals.
HIV positive individuals who are experiencing soft or loose stools an average of 3 times per day for 3 weeks or longer.
STUDY PROCEDURESSubjects will attend a total of 20 one-hour sessions over a period of 24 weeks. All sessions will take place at Columbia University School of Nursing (168th Street and Broadway). Patients will be seen at the initial intake screening session (week 1), attend treatment sessions twice weekly on weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and once weekly on weeks 9, 10, 11, 12. Participants will come back to a final follow-up session on week 24. Measurement of quality of life and level of functioning will be taken on weeks 1, 6, 12, & 24. All subjects will complete daily bowel movement and medication data collection diaries for the duration of the study.
COMPENSATIONParticipants will receive $10 at the end of each of the first 19 sessions and $20 at the end of the final follow-up session. The total compensation for participation is $210. Participants will also receive a certificate of achievement upon completing the study.
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORJoyce K. Anastasi, Ph.D, RN, F.A.A.N., L.Ac.
Director , Center for AIDS Research
Columbia University School of Nursing