Informed Consent

Project Description

The purpose of this study is to develop and validate a TCM-Based Sound Therapy designed to help improve wellness. Your involvement in this research involves completing online polls/surveys and listening to the sound therapy in a relatively distraction-free environment.


 _­ By completing registration for this trial, I attest that I have had the purpose and nature of the study explained to me in writing.



Principal Investigator

The principal investigator is Celeste Houvener LAc. / EAMP. Should you have any questions or concerns, you can contact her at .


Benefits and Risks of Research

The project involves no more than minimal risk to any participant. Steps will be taken to ensure that all information gathered will be held in strictest confidence. Receiving the sound therapy is the primary benefit you as a participant, other than helping with scientific research. Only the data collected from the participants who fully completed the sound therapy and all surveys/polls will be considered viable.


Voluntary Participation

Your participation in this project is voluntary and you are free to withdraw your consent and discontinue participation in the project at any time without penalty. You are free not to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer.

By completing registration for this trial I understand the following:

-That even if I agree to participate now, I can withdraw at any time without fault.


– That if I withdraw from the study I will forego access to sound therapy trial


-That if I do not complete the polls/surveys and/or sound therapy, my data will not be viable for in this research


Criteria for General/Online Participation

By completing registration for this trial, I attest that I fit the following criteria:

 _­­__ I am 18+ years in age

 _­­__ I am physically and mentally able and willing to listen to the sound therapy via headphones

 _­­__ I am physically and mentally able and willing to complete the surveys/polls for this trial

 _­­__ I am willing and able to give detailed insight/feedback about my experience during the trial

 _­­__ I am committed and able to being present for the entirety of the trial at the appointed time

 _­­__ I have uninterrupted access to a computer, lap top, or other device for survey fulfillment

 _­­__ I have access to an online connection suitable for streaming the trial on this Zoom webinar

 _­­__ I have access to headphones suitable for listening to the sound therapy via Zoom webinar

 _­­__ I have access to a space where I can remotely participate in the trial relatively undisturbed.

 _­­__ I speak, write, & read English proficiently enough to complete surveys/polls within this trial




Use of Information and Data Collected

Information collected in this study will be anonymous and utilized in aggregate form only. These data will be widely disseminated through a variety of methods including publications, presentations, and data sharing.


Confidentiality of Records

In order to ensure the confidentiality of records, the research will not retain any identifying information post data collection.  The results will be reported in aggregate form only. Your contact information will be collected registration and trial-access purposes only; this contact information will not be utilized otherwise. 


Participant’s Rights Information

If you have any questions concerning your rights as a research participant, you may contact the chair of Yo San University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research for information or assistance.


Participant’s Consent

The study has been described to me and I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw my consent and discontinue my participation in the project at any time without penalty.


I understand that if I have any questions or concerns about this experiment, I may pose them to Celeste Houvener LAc. / EAMP at


By completing registration for this trial, I attest that I am 18 years of age or older, that I have read and understand the above information and that I consent to participate in this study.



Celeste Houvener LAc.

DAOM student, class of 2023 at Yo San Univeristy

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