The effect of acupuncture on allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled clinical trial

Magnusson, Anna-Lena, Svensson, Rita E.B., Leirvik, Carin, and Gunnarsson, Ronny K. (2004) The effect of acupuncture on allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled clinical trial. American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 32 (1). pp. 105-115.

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Abstract

Allergic rhinitis is a common health problem usually treated with drug therapy. Allergic rhinitis is a common health problem usually treated with drug therapy. Some patients experience side effects of drug therapy while others fear the use of drugs. Acupuncture is an interesting alternative to traditional treatment. The few studies evaluating acupuncture indicate a possible clinical effect on allergic rhinitis. This study compared active versus sham acupuncture in 40 consecutive patients with a history of allergic rhinitis and a positive skin test. Patients were randomized and assessed prior to treatment and then reassessed after 12 months. Improvements in symptoms using visual analogue scales, reduction in skin test reactions and levels of specific immunoglobin E (IgE) were used to compare the effect of treatment. For one allergen, mugwort, a greater reduction in levels of specific IgE (p=0.019, 0.039) and skin test reaction (p=0.004) was seen in the group receiving active acupuncture compared to the group receiving sham acupuncture. However, this finding might be an artifact. No differences in clinical symptoms were seen between active versus sham acupuncture, thus the conclusion being that the effect of acupuncture on allergic rhinitis should be further evaluated in larger randomized studies.

Item ID: 30764
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1793-6853
Keywords: allergic rhinitis; acupuncture; randomized controlled trial; mugwort
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2014 09:57
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine > 110404 Traditional Chinese Medicine and Treatments @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110315 Otorhinolaryngology @ 10%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920108 Immune System and Allergy @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 40%
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