This sytematic reviewshows significant volumes of research supporting the efficacy of acupuncture modalities for the treatment of allergic rhinitis (AR). It is known that acupuncture can modulate the immune system, and it has been proposed as a useful treatment for patients with allergic rhinitis.
Thirteen full papers that met our inclusion criteria were included, and a total of 2365 participants, including 1126 as treatment group and 1239 as control group, were enrolled. By searching PubMed, EMBASE, the Cochrane clinical trials database, and the China National Knowledge Infrastructure from 1980 through July 11, 2013, we collected and analyzed the randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture for the treatment of AR patients to assess its efficacy and safety.
This is a distressing condition, typically causing cold-like symptoms, such as sneezing, itchiness and a blocked or runny nose. These symptoms usually start soon after being exposed to an allergen. Some people only get allergic rhinitis for a few months at a time because they are sensitive to seasonal allergens, such as tree or grass pollen. Other people get allergic rhinitis all year round. Most people with allergic rhinitis have mild symptoms that can be easily and effectively treated with acupuncture. However, for some, symptoms can be severe and persistent, causing sleep problems and interfering with everyday life.