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Asiamed Placebo Set

Asiamed Placebo Set

Streitberger Placebo-needle
The Streitberger Placebo-needle is exclusively manufactured by asia-med. The placebo-needle was developed by Dr. med. Konrad Streitberger.

  • Streitberger K, Kleinhenz J. Introducing a placebo needle into acupuncture research. Lancet 1998; 352: 364-365.

  • Streitberger K: Akupunktur in der Therapie des Rotatorenmanschettensyndroms bei Sportlern. Eine randomisierte placebokontrollierte Studie mit einer neu entwickelten Placebo-Nadel. Inauguraldissertation, Heidelberg der Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, 1998. [PhD-Thesis, GER]

The optimal placebo-needle:

  • looks like a real acupuncture needle

  • appears as though the skin is being penetrated, even though it is not

  • can be applied at an acupuncture point

  • is convincing to the patient

The Streitberger Placebo-needle is indistinguishable from a real acupuncture needle and validated, it is the best placebo control for a single-blind randomized clinical trial (RCT) of acupuncture.

A set of Streitberger Placebo-needles consists of:

  • 100 Streitberger placebo-/sham-needles (0.30 x 30 mm / (Gauge 8 x 1.2")

  • 100 verum acupuncture needles asia-med Special No. 16 (0.30 x 30 mm / (Gauge 8 x 1.2")

  • 200 plaster

  • 200 rings

Instructions for use of the Streitberger placebo-needles 

See for practical advice:

  • McManus CA, Schnyer RN, Kong J, Nguyen LT, Hyun Nam B, Goldman R, Stason WB, Kaptchuk TJ: Sham acupuncture devices - practical advice for researchers. Acupuncture in Medicine 2007;25(l-2):36-40.


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Needle size chart

Needle size chart

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