WebMD: “you may find significant relief visiting a practitioner of the ancient Chinese medical practice known as acupuncture…it is thought to affect the immune system, where allergic reactions begin. In a small but significant study…acupuncture reduced symptoms in all 26—without side effects. A second study of some 72 people totally eliminated symptoms in more than half…Acupuncture can be particularly useful if you are suffering from multiple allergies, since it works to quiet the areas of the immune system that are overstimulated by exposure to multiple irritating factors, James Dillard, MD, tells WebMD.”

CNN.com: “Acupuncture already helps to relieve pain in some patients, and the latest study hints that it might relieve sneezing and itchy eyes as well…in a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers examined 422 people who tested positive for pollen allergies and had allergic nasal symptoms such as a runny nose…after two months, the researchers asked the patients about their symptoms and how much medication they used. The participants who received the real acupuncture treatments with their antihistamines showed a greater improvement in their allergy symptoms and less use of antihistamines compared to the other groups…study author Dr. Benno Brinkhaus…wrote that ‘From my experience as a physician and acupuncturist, and as a researcher, I would recommend trying acupuncture if patients are not satisfied with the conventional anti-allergic medication or treatment or they suffer from more or less serious side effects of the conventional medication. Also because acupuncture is a relative safe treatment.”

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