New Study: Acupuncture May Relieve Allergy Symptoms

Springtime is just around the corner.  Warmer weather.  Longer Days.  Beautiful flowers.  And allergies.  Her in Austin, Texas it seems we have cornered the allergy market.  Everyone I know is sneezing, blowing their noses, rubbing their eyes and is just plain miserable.

If you suffer from allergies, you might be interested in a new study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.  (Click here for the study.)

Researchers took 422 people with pollen allergies and divided them into three groups.  The first group took antihistamines and had acupuncture treatments.  The second group took antihistamines and received fake acupuncture treatments (which means they had acupuncture needles placed in their skin but in random non-meaningful points.)  The third group just took antihistamines.

After two months the people who received real acupuncture had fewer symptoms and needed less medicine than the other two groups.  (Let’s hear it for traditional healing!)

What’s also interesting is that the second group also reported needing less medication, which suggests a strong placebo effect.  The researchers need to do further studies, but this is encouraging news for people who want to relieve their symptoms and antihistamines aren’t working.

How about you?  Are you suffering from allergies too?

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4 responses to “New Study: Acupuncture May Relieve Allergy Symptoms

  1. I have always been sensitive to particulates in the air. In my early 20s I started getting seasonal allergies. a few years ago I learned that a lot of people’s seasonal allergies are exacerbated by wheat and dairy. I started eliminating them for a couple weeks whenever there was a shift in the weather. I do not get those real heavy allergy attacks anymore.

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