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Table 1 Rationales in clinical trials of acupuncture

From: How might acupuncture work? A systematic review of physiologic rationales from clinical trials

  Proportion having a rationale
All (N = 79) 67%
Objectives  
Analgesia (n = 36) 69%
Nausea/vomiting (n = 8) 62%
Stroke (n = 3) 0%
Other (n = 32) 72%
Findings (positive) (n = 61) 69%
Intervention  
Needles (n = 64) 67%
Other (n = 15) 67%
Country  
Asian (n = 19) 74%
Non-Asian (n = 60) 65%
Funding source  
None reported (n = 34) 65%
NIH (n = 11) 64%
German insurance (n = 4) 50%
Other (n = 30) 73%
Journal type  
Acupuncture (n = 17) 59%
CAM (n = 8) 62%
Medical (n = 54) 70%