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Acupuncture for Allergies

We know that many people seek out and  get relief from pain with acupuncture.  But now this latest study shows that acupuncture also relieves allergies like sneezing and itchy eyes as well.

Many patients with allergies turn to antihistamines for relief.  But when these remedies don’t work, some choose alternative treatments like acupuncture. Inserting tiny needles just under the skin at specific points in the body in turn reduces certain allergy symptoms.

In a study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers examined 422 people who tested positive for pollen allergies. The participants reported their symptoms as well as what medication and doses they used to treat them. They were then divided them into three groups; one received 12 acupuncture treatments and took antihistamines as needed.  The second group received 12 fake acupuncture treatments (needles placed at random, non-meaningful points in the body) and took antihistamines as needed.  While the final group only took antihistamines for symptoms.

After two months researchers asked the patients about their symptoms and how much medication they used. The participants who received the real acupuncture treatments with their antihistamines showed a greater improvement in their allergy symptoms.   And used less antihistamines compared to the other groups.

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