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You can access this
clinical trial
if you have
Nausea or Vomiting
and you are
over 18
years old
This is a second phase trial assessing
efficacy and side effects of the new treatment.
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The purpose

Placebo control in acupuncture research is challenging and difficult. The primary objective of the study is to explore a study design comparing stimulation by real acupuncture needle, sham acupuncture needle and laser. The research question is whether a patient is capable of discriminate different stimulation modality when studying acupuncture stimulation for nausea in early pregnancy. The study is planned as a pilot study including 20 women in each of the three study groups, all-together 60 pregnant women. Intervention will consist of standardised 15 minutes stimulation of acupuncture point pericardium 6 by, either two acupuncture needles, two sham acupuncture needle or two laser devices. All participating women are told that they will get different stimulation at an acupuncture point with potential effect on nausea. The women will record their daily symptoms during a 4 day run-in period, a 3 day intervention period, and thereafter a 4 day follow-up period after treatment in accordance with previous research methodology. In addition, the women will record how they experience the three different stimulations of acupuncture points. The results from the study could be important for planning of future studies where the blinding issue with regard to acupuncture is challenged.

Provided treatments

  • Drug: Acupuncture
  • Device: Sham acupuncture
  • Device: Laser acupuncture

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Tris trial is registered with FDA with number: NCT01054495. The sponsor of the trial is National Research Centre of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Norway and it is looking for 60 volunteers for the current phase.
Official trial title:
Evaluating Placebo Interventions in Acupuncture Research