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Ear Acupuncture for Acute Sore Throat.

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01302769
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 24, 2011
Last Update Posted : February 3, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mike O'Callaghan Military Hospital

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to compare ear acupuncture plus standard of care versus standard therapy (anti-inflammatory medications) in the reduction of pain, reduction in oral anti inflammatory medication use, hours lost from work in acute sore throat.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Acute Sore Throat Device: Standard treatment plus ear acupuncture Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 65 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Ear Acupuncture for Acute Sore Throat. A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Study Start Date : October 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2014

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: battlefield auricular acupuncture
battlefield auricular acupuncture
Device: Standard treatment plus ear acupuncture
Standard treatment plus ear acupuncture
Other Name: Sedatelec ASP Original Gold needles

No Intervention: placebo

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Reduction in Pain [ Time Frame: 5 months ]
    Subjects will be randomized to receive either standard treatment alone or standard treatment plus ear acupuncture. Subjects will be asked 15 minutes after their treatment to assess their pain on a scale of 0-10. After the subject has left the clinic, phone calls will be made at 6 hours, 24 hours and 48 hours to assess their pain level, ask about their missed hours from work, and ask the number of doses of ibuprofen taken. Subjects who report back after 48 hours with unimproved sore throat will be instructed to make a same day follow up with the clinic.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Male and female subjects (DoD beneficiaries), 18 years or older, with upper respiratory complaints and their primary symptom being acute sore throat.
  • Minimum pain score of 5 points on an 11 point scale (0-10 with 10 being the worst pain)


  • History of significant gastrointestinal bleed
  • Previous documented history of stage 2 kidney disease or worse
  • Known Pregnancy
  • History of gastric bypass surgery
  • Known Peritonsillar abscess (PTA)
  • Throat, mouth or esophageal cancer
  • Chronic oral steroids use
  • Absence of one or more ears
  • Active cellulitis of ear
  • Ear anatomy precluding identification of acupuncture landmarks
  • Non-English speaking
  • Use of Hearing Aids that preclude the use of ear acupuncture
  • Allergy to Ibuprofen

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01302769

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United States, Nevada
Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hosptial
Nellis AFB, Nevada, United States, 89191
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mike O'Callaghan Military Hospital
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Principal Investigator: David Moss, M.D. Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital/Nellis Air Force Base
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Responsible Party: Mike O'Callaghan Military Hospital Identifier: NCT01302769    
Other Study ID Numbers: FWH20110008H
First Posted: February 24, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 3, 2016
Last Verified: February 2016
Keywords provided by Mike O'Callaghan Military Hospital:
Acute Sore Throat
Ear Acupuncture
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Pharyngeal Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases