Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)

Acupuncture for Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)

Acupuncture for Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)

Allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever, is an allergic, inflammatory condition of the nasal mucous membranes in response to exposure to indoor and outdoor allergens such as pollen in springtime.

Hay fever symptoms vary in severity and can even persist all year round for some people. It is recommended to seek professional advice and treatment when hay fever affects your performance at work or school or starts interfering with your quality of life.

Hay Fever Signs & Symptoms

  • Runny nose and nasal congestion
  • Watery, itchy, red eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Stuffy head and fatigue

What Does The Research Say?

The following insights are obtained from scientific studies, systematic reviews and analysis of clinical trials investigating the efficacy of Allergic Rhinitis.

Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific research on Allergic Rhinitis. It includes recent and reputable papers published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.

Chinese Medicine

2020, Oct 12

Acupuncture methods for allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and bayesian meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Chinese Medicine International Society for Chinese Medicine

This work identifies acupuncture as one of several effective therapies for AR. MA + CM/Mox may effectively improve AR symptoms and quality of life as demonstrated in pairwise and Bayesian network meta-analyses. Meanwhile, Mox was regarded as the most effective therapy that changes the IgE content from recently evidences. However, insufficient clinical evidence is presently available to guide on the selection of the acupoints, duration of treatment among others. Meanwhile, the overall quality of these included RCTs were mainly ranked as moderate. Therefore, lots of high-quality RCTs are required to validate the above-presented findings.

Yin, Z., Geng, G., Xu, G. et al. Full Article

Acupuncture in Medicine

2018, Jun

Impact of acupuncture on antihistamine use in patients suffering seasonal allergic rhinitis: secondary analysis of results from a randomised controlled trial
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

Acupuncture appeared to significantly reduce the number of days of antihistamine use while improving quality of life and seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms; it can therefore be considered a valuable, additional treatment option for patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis.

Adam D, Grabenhenrich L, Ortiz M, Binting S, Reinhold T, Brinkhaus B Full Article

Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

2015, Jun 11

Acupuncture for seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled trial
Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Four weeks of acupuncture treatment is a safe and effective option for clinical management of seasonal allergic rhinitis in the Melbourne area for patients' symptom relief and quality of life improvement.

Xue CC, Zhang AL, Zhang CS, DaCosta C, Story DF, Thien FC Full Article

Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery

2015, Jun

Acupuncture and allergic rhinitis
Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery

The systemic review of high-quality RCTs demonstrate efficacy and effectiveness for acupuncture in the treatment of both seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis. demonstrates efficacy and effectiveness for acupuncture in the treatment of allergic rhinitis, as well as improvement of quality of life and quality-adjusted life-years.

Malcolm B. Tawa, William D. Reddyb, Folashade S. Omolec, and Michael D. Seidmand Full Article

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

2015, Feb 2

Clinical Practice Guideline: Allergic Rhinitis
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation

Clinicians may offer acupuncture, or refer to a clinician who can offer acupuncture, for patients with allergic rhinitis who are interested in nonpharmacologic therapy.

Seidman MD et al. Full Article

Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

2015, Feb

Acupuncture for the treatment of allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Our meta-analysis suggests that that acupuncture could be a safe and valid treatment option for allergic rhinitis patients

Feng S, Han M, Fan Y, Yang G, Liao Z, Liao W, et al. Full Article