Allergic rhinitis also known as hay fever is a very common condition in UK affecting over 30% populations. It is caused by allergy. House dust mites and pet skin flakes are common allergic antigens, which make the inside of the nose inflamed. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis are like common cold, such as sneezing, running or blocked nose, headache, disturbance of sleep etc. These symptoms could be irritating and affecting people’s quality of life. Nasal sprays and antiallergic medicines such as antihistamine drugs and steroids are useful, but not suitable for long term use. Patients turned to complementary and alternative medicine treatment to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Recent research study suggested that acupuncture is effective to improve patient symptoms and overall health.
A randomized trial study by Brinkhaus B. etc (2008) provided evidence for effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for allergic rhinitis by assessing patient quality of life. They compared acupuncture and routine care for patients with allergic rhinitis. 5237 patients average aged 40 year old were included in this study. The patients were allocated in to two groups: acupuncture group and control group. 15 acupuncture sessions during a period of 3 months were given to the patients in acupuncture group and no acupuncture received for those in control group. Quality of life survey was evaluated after 3 and 6 months. Results showed that quality of life was improved better in acupuncture group both at 3 and 6 months. They concluded that acupuncture played a part in treatment for allergic rhinitis and patient benefit.
Shiue HS etc was the first group using cDNA microarray analysis to study effect of acupuncture on blood gene expression for inducing immune and inflammatory response in patients with allergic rhinitis. They compared the gene expression in blood before and after acupuncture treatment. They studied 18 patients with allergic rhinitis. 8 sessions of acupuncture was given over 4 weeks and the blood was taken at each visit for gene expression analysis. Quality of life was also assessed using quality of life questionnaire. They found that gene expression in these patients was significantly decreased at 2 hours, 24 hours and 4 weeks after acupuncture treatment. This means acupuncture altered immune system function. The allergic rhinitis symptoms were also improved. They suggested that acupuncture is effective in treating allergic rhinitis by improving patient immune defence system.
Hay fever known as seasonal allergic rhinitis is a seasonal allergic reaction to pollen from grasses, weeds or trees. It usually occurs during the spring and summer when the pollen is carried in the air. Hay fever, asthma, food allergies and eczema are related allergic conditions. About one in five people in the UK have an allergy such as hay fever and these allergies are becoming more common. They can run in a family. Symptoms of hay fever include sneezing, a blocked or runny nose, itchy eyes, nose, throat and roof of the mouth, headaches. This could disturb your sleep and make you not concentrating.
Treatments of hay fever include
Self help: try to stay indoor and keep windows closed on the days when the pollen count is high.
Medicines: Antihistamine tablets usually reduce sneezing and a runny nose, but may not improve a blocked nose. Some of antihistamines can cause drowsiness. A steroid nasal spray can help prevent symptoms such as blocked nose. A decongestant nasal spray can improve a runny nose or blocked nose. Eye drops can help with itchy or sore eyes. Immunotherapy is also available to severe cases.
Research has shown that acupuncture treatment is effective for hay fever. It improves quality of life in patients with hay fever though it is not most cost effective treatment.
As stated above acupuncture can help with hay fever.
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