Encouraging, though not conclusive - Positive results showing acupuncture may improve allergic rhinitis and reduce anti-histamine use in patients not satisfied with conventional anti-allergic medications or those who suffer from severe side effects.
Compared with sham acupuncture and with RM, acupuncture was associated with significant improvement in Rhinitis Quality of Life (RQLQ) score BUT the difference in effect was less pronounced after 16 weeks. In the 2nd year treatment was re-initiated and again the difference became more significant. More research is warranted.
Source: Benno Brinkhaus, MD et al. "Acupuncture in Patients With Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis: A Randomized Trial" Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(4):225-234.
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