Complementary medicine update

Allergic rhinitis: is acupuncture an effective treatment?

Anthony L Zhang, Brian H May, Charlie CL Xue



Acupuncture and ear acupressure may provide some relief for patients with allergic rhinitis but more trials are needed to provide the evidence needed to support this treatment.

Article Extract

In Australia, allergic rhinitis or ‘hay fever’ is a common long-term condition among the old and young. Its prevalence in the adult population increased from 13.9% in 1995 to 16.1% in 2004 to 2005. Allergic rhinitis impacts on patients’ quality of life, work and school performance and on their productivity. Therefore, allergic rhinitis represents a significant economic burden to individuals and the community. Moreover, it is associated with several comorbidities, including asthma, sinusitis and conjunctivitis.