Purpose

The purpose of this study is to explore the effectiveness Gulf War Health Education (GWHE) and iRest Yoga Nidra (meditation)/auricular (ear) acupuncture for Veterans with Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses (GWVI).

Condition

Eligibility

Eligible Ages
Over 18 Years
Eligible Genders
All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
No

Inclusion Criteria

  • U.S. Veteran
  • Deployed to the Gulf War between 1990-1991
  • Currently suffers from Gulf War Veterans' Illness (i.e. fatigue, pain, cognitive impairment)

Exclusion Criteria

  • Addiction to drugs or alcohol
  • Experiences hallucinations or delusions
  • Currently manic
  • Currently suicidal
  • Hearing difficulties that would interfere with group participation
  • Current involvement in a meditation or acupuncture group

Study Design

Phase
Phase 1/Phase 2
Study Type
Interventional
Allocation
Randomized
Intervention Model
Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose
Treatment
Masking
Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Masking Description
RBANS assessment is blinded

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
Experimental
Yoga/Acupuncture
Eligible participants may be randomized to participate in iRest Yoga Nidra/ auricular acupuncture group classes.
  • Behavioral: Yoga/Acupuncture
    Individuals randomized to this group will participate in iRest Yoga Nidra and auricular acupuncture.
Active Comparator
Gulf War Health Education
Eligible participants may be randomized to participate in Gulf War Health Education group classes.
  • Other: Gulf War Health Education
    Participants randomized to this group will take part in a health education group.

Recruiting Locations

Washington DC VA Medical Center, Washington, DC
Washington, District of Columbia 20422
Contact:
Nathaniel Allen, BS
202-745-8000
nathaniel.allen@va.gov

More Details

NCT ID
NCT02180243
Status
Recruiting
Sponsor
VA Office of Research and Development

Study Contact

Nathaniel Allen, BS
(202) 745-8000
nathaniel.allen@va.gov

Detailed Description

Gulf War Veterans have reported irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, sleep difficulties, and neurocognitive dysfunction (for example, concentration, memory, and attention problems). The most effective treatment approach for what appears to a broad spectrum problem found in GWVI may require complementary alternative medicine (CAM) approaches to enhance positive outcomes. Mindfulness meditation and acupuncture are each broad spectrum CAM treatments designed to target multiple biological systems simultaneously, and thus may be well suited for GWVI. Gulf War Health Education group will promote wellness and prevention by utilizing a proactive patient care model.

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