Acupuncture/ pressureAsthma/Allergy

No benefit from acupuncture for allergic rhinitis

Maybe if we do a bigger, better, study…

First, the details.

  • Studies were included in this review if they compared acupuncture to a sham or inactive acupuncture treatment (placebo) with or without standard care.
  • Re-analysis of the results (meta-analysis) was performed where feasible.

And, the results.

  • 7 generally of poor quality studies were reviewed.
  • The meta-analysis failed to show benefits from acupuncture to treat symptoms,
  • There were no changes in IgE — antibodies that recognize antigens (eg, dust mites, pollen) so the body can defend against them.

The bottom line?
Ever optimistic, the authors hold out hope that, “A large well conducted [study], which overcomes identified methodological problems in the existing [studies], would be required to resolve this question.”

Yea. We’ll get right on it.

An earlier study reported benefit when acupuncture was started before symptoms began.

5/1/08 08:41 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.