Allergic Rhinitis – Hayfever

Acupuncture has Level One evidence of consistent positive effect on the distressing symptoms of persistent hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis. Acupuncture reduces nasal and eye symptoms including itching, sneezing, and runny nose.

Acupuncture successfully downregulates IgE (immunoglobulin E), an antibody active in hypersensitivity reactions, while simultaneously reducing symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

The Shen Adelaide team of Chinese Medicine Doctors has decades of experience treating patients with allergic rhinitis.

 

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Allergic Rhinitis: Level One – Evidence of Positive Effect

This level of evidence demonstrates consistent, statistically significant, positive effect.

 

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References

McDonald JL, Cripps AW, Smith PK, Smith CA, Xue CC, Golianu B. The anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture and their relevance to allergic rhinitis: a narrative review and proposed model. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM. 2013;2013:591796. 

Taw MB, Reddy WD, Omole FS, Seidman MD. Acupuncture and allergic rhinitis. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery. 2015 Jun;23(3):216-20 

Xue CC, Zhang AL, Zhang CS, DaCosta C, Story DF, Thien FC. Acupuncture for seasonal allergic rhinitis: arandomized controlled trial. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. 2015 Oct;115(4):317-24.e1. 

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