According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Journal of Internal Medicine), it may be possible to alleviate allergic symptoms through traditional Oriental medicine – acupuncture.
The study, conducted by Dr. Harold Nelson, an allergist at Denver Hospital in Denver in USA, assigned a total of 422 patients with grass and pollen allergies to 12 acupuncture treatments or no acupuncture treatment. One group received 12 treatments in 8 weeks Acupuncture; the other group received ‘fake acupuncture’ – using needle on skin but not on traditional acupuncture points; and the third group has no acupuncture treatment.
These three groups have taken antihistamine drugs when allergies were onset. The study found the group with acupuncture have greatest improvement in symptoms after 8 weeks, and used less anti-histamine drugs, with quality of life improved by an average of 0.5 to 0.7 percentage.
Dr. Benno Brinkhaus from Germany suggested that allergy patients who do not respond or experience side effects to anti-allergy medication, could consider to alleviate allergic symptoms by acupuncture.