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Principal Investigator Kathleen Hui, M.D. Radiology
Neuroimaging Acupuncture Effects on Human Brain Activity
Acupuncture is an ancient therapeutic practice that originated in China and is growing in popularity in the West. Our purpose is to determine how acupuncture, with its variable treatment locations and stimulation techniques, affects human brain activity. We will accomplish this by integrating whole brain functional MRI (fMRI) with psychophysical, physiological, and genotyping investigations. Our overall hypothesis is that acupuncture will elicit a widespread brain response that is predominantly modulatory.

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