Objectives Study regarding complementary and alternative treatment (CAM) utilizing a randomized, controlled trial (RCT) design poses challenges, for example treatment standardization and blinding. We designed an RCT, which prevented both of these common challenges, to judge the result of adding the comfort response (RR) to usual acupuncture treatment. Within this paper, we set of the practicality and patients’ experience in the study participation. Design, setting, and subjects Our study would be a two-arm, double-blind RCT conducted within an acupuncture clinic in Boston. Study subjects were patients with hivOrautoimmunodeficiency syndrome (Aids/AIDS), who reported getting a minumum of one from the highly prevalent Aids-related signs and symptoms, and were receiving acupuncture treatment. Intervention The intervention group used earphones to hear tapes with instructions to elicit the RR as well as soft music while receiving acupuncture treatment, as the control group only took in to soft music. The inte
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