Hay fever also known as allergic rhinitis is a common allergic condition that affects up to one in five people at some point in their life. The common allergen is pollen. When these tiny particles come into contact with the cells that line your mouth, nose, eyes and throat, they irritate them and trigger an allergic reaction. This is caused by overreacting of the immune system which releases chemical substances causing all the symptoms such as itching eyes and a running nose. Symptoms of hay fever vary depending on the severity including frequent sneezing, runny or blocked nose, itchy, red or watery eyes, an itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears, coughing, headache, tiredness etc. Antihistamine and steroids are commonly used to treat hay fever.
Acupuncture is as effective as nasal spray for hay fever
Recently a study evaluated the effect and safety of acupuncture therapy on patients with moderate to severe allergic rhinitis. 76 patients with allergic rhinitis participated the study. The acupuncture group received 8-week acupuncture therapy, and the medication group received budesonide nasal spray with cetirizine tablets for 8 weeks. The clinical symptoms and signs were analyzed before treatment, at 4 and 8 weeks after the start of treatment, and at 12 weeks after the end of treatment. Furthermore, the clinical efficacy and safety indicators were compared between the two groups. The result has shown that the scores of each clinical symptom and sign, including sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, nasal itching, and turbinate edema, and the total scores decreased over time in both groups. All the tests including blood routine, urine routine, aspartate transaminase, alanine aminotransferase, urea nitrogen and creatinine were all in the normal reference ranges during the treatment in the acupuncture group. This study suggested that acupuncture therapy is as good as the medication treatment for patients with moderate to severe allergic rhinitis, and it is safe with no severe adverse effects.
Research has shown that acupuncture helps with hay fever by regulating immune response
Acupuncture is used to effectively treat persistent allergic rhinitis, which is suggested by clinical evidence, but the physiologic basis of these improvements is not well understood. Recent research adults investigated possible modulation of mucosal immune responses. A total of 151 individuals participated to the study. Acupuncture was applied for twice-weekly treatments for 8 weeks. Various cytokines, neurotrophins, proinflammatory neuropeptides, and immunoglobulins were measured in saliva or plasma from baseline to 4-week follow-up. Statistically significant reduction in allergen specific IgE for house dust mite was seen in the acupuncture group, Statistically significant down-regulation was also seen in proinflammatory neuropeptide substance P (SP) 18 to 24 hours after the first treatment. Nasal obstruction, nasal itch, sneezing, runny nose, eye itch, and unrefreshed sleep improved significantly in the acupuncture group and continued to improve up to 4-week follow-up.
This study suggested that acupuncture modulated mucosal immune response in the upper airway in adults with persistent allergic rhinitis. This modulation appears to be associated with down-regulation of allergen specific IgE for house dust mite. Improvements in nasal itch, eye itch, and sneezing after acupuncture are suggestive of down-regulation of transient receptor potential vanilloid 1.
Chen YD et al Chin J Integr Med 2016 Mar 21. [Epub ahead of print]
McDonald JL et al (2016) Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol May 3. pii: S1081-1206(16)30126-0. doi:
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