for people ages 18-65 (full criteria)
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The goal of this is to investigate the effect of a Manual Standardized Stress Acupuncture (MSSA) protocol as an adjunct treatment to a short-term mindfulness therapy for perceived stress and general health in service members (i.e., active duty military personnel and veterans).

The specific aims of this study are Aim 1) To evaluate the effectiveness of a brief MSSA as an adjunct treatment with a short-term Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) compared with MBSR alone for perceived stress and general health in service members. Aim 2) To describe any perceived benefits of MSSA as an adjunct treatment with MBSR compared with MBSR alone for perceived stress and general health.

Participants will be asked to complete an informed consent if eligible for the study and randomized into two groups: 1) Participants in the experimental group will receive MSSA in addition to MBSR. 2) Participants in the control group will receive MBSR only. Researchers will compare experimental and control groups to see if the interventions mitigated perceived stress and improved the health of the participants.

Official Title

Effects of Acupuncture on Perceived Stress and Health in Military Service Members and Veterans


Perceived Stress, Manual Standardized Stress Acupuncture (MSSA), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Manual Standardized Stress Acupuncture (MSSA) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-65

  • Active duty and veteran service members,
  • 18 to 65 years of age, self-report of perceived stress symptoms for at least one month,
  • a score of 16 or above on the PSS,
  • stable on psychiatric and other medications including blood pressure agents for at least three months,
  • agrees to participate in group psychotherapy (i.e., MBSR), and
  • able to provide informed consent.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Recent surgery within one month,
  • alcohol abuse or dependence diagnosis within one month,
  • active substance use/abuse/dependency treatment within one month,
  • pregnant women (acupuncture can result in an induction of labor and spontaneous abortion on rare occasions), and
  • has had acupuncture treatment, dry needling, and MBSR provided by a provider in the past month.


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Start Date
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United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego
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