Acupuncture for Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)

Acupuncture for Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis).

Allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever, is an allergic, inflammatory condition of the nasal mucous membranes in response to exposure to indoor and outdoor allergens such as pollen in springtime.

Hay fever symptoms vary in severity and can even persist all year round for some people. It is recommended to seek professional advice and treatment when hay fever affects your performance at work or school or starts interfering with your quality of life.

What Does The Research Say?

The following insights are obtained from systematic reviews and analysis of clinical trials investigating the efficacy of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for hay fever (allergic rhinitis).

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Although well-conducted clinical research can help members of the public to make better-informed decisions about their healthcare, we do not make any claims that any particular treatment may be efficacious for any individual person.

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Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific clinical research on acupuncture for hay fever (allergic rhinitis).

It includes recent and reputable papers published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.



Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2021, Jan 13

Efficacy and Safety of Guizhi Decoction AssociatedFormulas for Allergic Rhinitis: A Systematic Review
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Results of systematic reviews show that Guizhi Decoction and associated formulas alone, plus Western medicine or plus acupoint-based therapies, were significantly better compared with using Western medicine alone in terms of efficacy. However, more RCTs of high quality, and large sample size, with appropriate blinding methods or nonblinded pragmatic trials of Guizhi Decoction and associated formulas for AR are needed for more support.

Yang S, Fu Q, Deng H, Wu J, Zhang Q, Wang L, Yao X Full Article

Chinese Medicine

2020, Oct 12

Acupuncture methods for allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and bayesian meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Chinese Medicine International Society for Chinese Medicine

This work identifies acupuncture as one of several effective therapies for AR. MA + CM/Mox may effectively improve AR symptoms and quality of life as demonstrated in pairwise and Bayesian network meta-analyses. Meanwhile, Mox was regarded as the most effective therapy that changes the IgE content from recently evidences. However, insufficient clinical evidence is presently available to guide on the selection of the acupoints, duration of treatment among others. Meanwhile, the overall quality of these included RCTs were mainly ranked as moderate. Therefore, lots of high-quality RCTs are required to validate the above-presented findings.

Yin, Z., Geng, G., Xu, G. et al. Full Article

Acupuncture in Medicine

2018, Jun

Impact of acupuncture on antihistamine use in patients suffering seasonal allergic rhinitis: secondary analysis of results from a randomised controlled trial
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

Acupuncture appeared to significantly reduce the number of days of antihistamine use while improving quality of life and seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms; it can therefore be considered a valuable, additional treatment option for patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis.

Adam D, Grabenhenrich L, Ortiz M, Binting S, Reinhold T, Brinkhaus B Full Article

Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery

2015, Jun

Acupuncture and allergic rhinitis
Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery

The systemic review of high-quality RCTs demonstrate efficacy and effectiveness for acupuncture in the treatment of both seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis. demonstrates efficacy and effectiveness for acupuncture in the treatment of allergic rhinitis, as well as improvement of quality of life and quality-adjusted life-years.

Malcolm B. Tawa, William D. Reddyb, Folashade S. Omolec, and Michael D. Seidmand Full Article


Yin Tang
“It is by virtue of the twelve channels that human life exists, that disease arises, that human beings can be treated and illness cured. The twelve channels are where beginners start and masters end.” The Classic of Acupuncture
Circa 1st Century BCE