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XUE and co-workers, The Chinese Medicine Unit, RMIT University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia,, investigated the effect of acupuncture on seasonal allergic rhinitis in a randomized controlled clinical trial.


This two-phase crossover, single-blinded clinical trial was conducted with the aim of assessing the safety and efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis (hayfever).


30 patients were randomly assigned to two groups with 17 and 13 subjects respectively and treated with real or sham acupuncture three times a week for four weeks. The treatments were then crossed over for a further four weeks without a washout period. The acupuncture treatment was individualized. Patients were assessed before, during and after treatment. Outcome measures included subjective symptom scores, relief medication scores and adverse effects.


26 patients completed the trial. There was a significant improvement in symptom scores between the two treatments. No significant differences were found for relief medication, and no side effects were recorded in either group.


The results suggest that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for hayfever.


Xue CC, English R, Zhang JJ, Da Costa C, Li CG. Effect of acupuncture in the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled clinical trial. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine 30 (1): 1-11, 2002.

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