Research: MAGNUSSON and co-workers,

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MAGNUSSON and co-workers, Bollebygd's Primary Health Care Center, Bollebygd, Sweden,, have conducted a randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in allergic rhinitis (hayfever).


Acupuncture is an interesting alternative to traditional hayfever treatment. There are a few studies on the subject, and they suggest that it is effective.


Active and sham acupuncture were compared in 40 patients with allergic rhinitis. Patients were randomized and assessed before treatment and reassessed 12 months later. Improvement of symptoms, reduction of skin reactions and immunoglobulin E (IgE, a marker for allergic reactions) levels were evaluated.


No differences in clinical symptoms were seen between acupuncture and sham acupuncture.


The authors suggest that acupuncture as a treatment for hayfever should be assessed in larger clinical studies.


Magnusson AL, Svensson RE, Leirvik C, Gunnarsson RK. The effect of acupuncture on allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Chinese Medicine 32 (1): 105-115, 2004.

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