Acupuncture for Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)

Acupuncture for Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis).

Chinese medicine regards the nose and lung to be the most exterior organ of the body, therefore it is also the first to be affected by exterior pathogens. Many people suffer from hay fever, allergies, chronic sinus congestion, post-nasal drip, asthmatic breathing, shortness of breath, frequently catching colds and other respiratory symptoms related to a low immune system function.

Is Acupuncture Effective for Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis?

Don't just take our word for it. The following clinical trials have scientifically examined the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for hay fever (allergic rhinitis).

Only reputable papers recently published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years are listed below.



Acupuncture in Medicine
Impact of acupuncture on antihistamine use in patients suffering seasonal allergic rhinitis: secondary analysis of results from a randomised controlled trial
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

Acupuncture appeared to significantly reduce the number of days of antihistamine use while improving quality of life and seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms; it can therefore be considered a valuable, additional treatment option for patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis.

2018, Jun • Adam D, Grabenhenrich L, Ortiz M, Binting S, Reinhold T, Brinkhaus B Full Article

Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Acupuncture for seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled trial
Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Four weeks of acupuncture treatment is a safe and effective option for clinical management of seasonal allergic rhinitis in the Melbourne area for patients' symptom relief and quality of life improvement.

2015, Jun 11 • Xue CC, Zhang AL, Zhang CS, DaCosta C, Story DF, Thien FC Full Article

Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
Acupuncture and allergic rhinitis
Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery

The systemic review of high-quality RCTs demonstrate efficacy and effectiveness for acupuncture in the treatment of both seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis. demonstrates efficacy and effectiveness for acupuncture in the treatment of allergic rhinitis, as well as improvement of quality of life and quality-adjusted life-years.

2015, Jun • Malcolm B. Tawa, William D. Reddyb, Folashade S. Omolec, and Michael D. Seidmand Full Article

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Clinical Practice Guideline: Allergic Rhinitis
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation

Clinicians may offer acupuncture, or refer to a clinician who can offer acupuncture, for patients with allergic rhinitis who are interested in nonpharmacologic therapy.

2015, Feb 2 • Seidman MD et al. Full Article

Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Acupuncture for the treatment of allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Our meta-analysis suggests that that acupuncture could be a safe and valid treatment option for allergic rhinitis patients

2015, Feb • Feng S, Han M, Fan Y, Yang G, Liao Z, Liao W, et al. Full Article


Acupuncture points
Acupuncture is comparable with morphine preparations in its effectiveness against chronic pain, but without the adverse effects of morphine, such as dependency. Acupuncture : review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials
World Health Organization, Geneva 2002