Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition allergic rhinitis (ar)
Treatments herbal patches of tian jiu group, placebo patches of placebo-control group
Sponsor Hong Kong Baptist University
Start date July 2014
End date September 2016
Trial size 136 participants
Trial identifier NCT02470845, TJAR001

Summary

The aim of this study is to investigate the efficacy and safety of Tian Jiu in the treatment of allergic rhinitis compared with placebo and waitlist patients in Hong Kong.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (subject)
Primary purpose treatment
Arm
(Experimental)
The TJ group will undergo a 4-week treatment with herbal patches one session per week and a 4-week post-treatment follow-up, of one assessment session per week. Participants in the TJ group will be treated with herbal patches of Tian Jiu group on five acupoints on the back.
herbal patches of tian jiu group
The formula of herbal patch consists of BaiJieZi (Sinapis Semen), Yan Hu Suo(CorydulisRhizoma)、ZhiGan Sui (Kansui Radix)、Xi Xin (Asari Radix et rhizama) and Rengong She xiang(Moschus Artifactus) . The four herbs will be ground into powder, mixed thoroughlywith 20% BaiJieZi (Sinapis Semen), 25% Yan Hu Suo(CorydulisRhizoma), 15% ZhiGan Sui (Kansui Radix), and 40% Xi Xin (Asari Radix et rhizama), and the mixed powder will mix with fresh ginger juice in the ratio of 20g to 25 ml. The mixture will be made to a patch weighted as 2g and 1cm*1cm round size. 0.02g artificial She Xiang (Moschus Artifactus) will be added on top of each patch. Each patch will be applied on one acupoint.
(Sham Comparator)
The placebo-control group will undergo a 4-week treatment with placebo patches one session per week and a 4-week post-treatment follow-up, of one assessment session per week. Participants in this group will be treated with placebo patches of placebo-control group on the same acupionts as the TJ group.
placebo patches of placebo-control group
The placebo patch consists of flour and edible pigments. These two ingredients will be mixed with water and made to patches weighted as 2g and 1cm*1cm round size.Each patch will be applied on one acupoint.
(No Intervention)
The waitlist-control group will receive no treatment during the first 4 weeks but, beginning with the 5th week this group will receive TJ treatment for four weeks as compensatory.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Change of total nasal symptom score
time frame: 4 weeks

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Change of the Rhinitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (RQLQ)
time frame: 8 weeks
Change in need for medication
time frame: 8 weeks

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 3 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Positive skin prick tests - High circulating levels of allergen-specific IgE antibody detected by a specific blood test for allergy called radioallergosorbent test (RAST)] - Clinical history or allergen to have been identified - Nasal provocation (test) Exclusion Criteria: - Allergic asthma, moderate to severe atopic dermatitis, autoimmune disorders, severe chronic inflammatory diseases, history of anaphylactic reactions, hypersensitivity to cetirizine or related drugs, specific immunotherapy during the past 3 years or planned in the next 2 years, pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Official title A Randomized Controlled Trial of Tian Jiu Therapy for Allergic Rhinitis
Principal investigator Zhao Xiang Bian, Ph.D., M. D.
Description This will be a prospective, randomized, single-blinded, controlled trial in patients with AR. After a one-week run-in period, eligible subjects will be randomly assigned to the Tian Jiu group, placebo-control group and waitlist-control group. The TJ and placebo-control groups will undergo a 4-week treatment with one session per week and one 4-week post-treatment follow-up. Participants in the waitlist-control group will not receive any treatment during the first 4 weeks but will be required to be assessed. The total study period will be nine weeks.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in August 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Hong Kong Baptist University.