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Acupuncture Found to be Beneficial in the Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis

  In a randomized controlled trial   involving 981 subjects, treatment with acupuncture (15 sessions over the   course of 3 months) in addition to random care was found to significantly   improve "rhinitis quality of life" and "general health quality   of life," as compared to subjects who received routine care alone. The   study also involved 4,256 subjects who did not consent to randomization, who   all received acupuncture treatment. Overall, subjects who received acupuncture   showed a 1.48 improvement in score on the Rhinitis Quality of Life   Questionnaire, as compared to 0.50 in the control group, and significant   improvements in "general health-related quality of life" scores as   well. The improvements seen at 3 months immediately following the period of   acupuncture treatments remained, but were not as great at 6 months. The   authors conclude, "The results of this trial suggest that treating   patients with allergic rhinitis in routine care with additional acupuncture   leads to clinically relevant and persistent benefits."

"Acupuncture in patients with allergic rhinitis: a pragmatic randomized trial," Brinkhaus B, Witt CM, et al, Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol, 2008 Nov; 101(5): 535-43. (Address: Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Economics, Charité University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

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