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Acupuncture For Allergic Rhinitis

Updated: Jul 24, 2021

Allergic Rhinitis - NEW evidence summary OUT NOW

✅ Current evidence suggests that acupuncture is an effective and relatively safe treatment option that can offer both temporary symptomatic relief and ongoing benefits for up to 3 months after treatment.

✅ Acupuncture reduces the symptoms of allergic rhinitis and improves people’s tolerance to would-be allergens through a number of mechanisms. When people have allergic rhinitis, the immune system incorrectly identifies some harmless irritants as a threat (allergen) and creates specific immunoglobulins called IgEs against each perceived allergen. These IgEs are anchored to mast cells, in a process known as “priming”. When these primed mast cells encounter an allergen (such as pollen) they react by releasing a cocktail of substances that create inflammation in the nasal mucosa.

✳ Allergic rhinitis sufferers also frequently suffer from other allergic conditions such as asthma and skin rashes, due to the close relationship between the nose, the lungs and the skin (an observation made in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine more than 2,000 years ago). This observation is consistent with a biomedical perspective as all three are lined with some form of epithelial tissue.

Symptoms showing the greatest improvement included sneezing, itchy nose, itchy eyes, runny nose, blocked nose and interrupted sleep.

Source: Evidence Based Acupuncture

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