Why is acupuncture needed in Allergic Rhinitis (AR)?

Updated: Feb 21



Why is acupuncture needed in Allergic Rhinitis (AR)?

Sneezing. Runny nose. Itchy eyes. Sore throat. These are only some of the nuisances that allergic rhinitis causes to the person suffering from it. The reasons for this respiratory disease vary among individuals— nevertheless, dust, pets, pests, and molds to mention a few are dominant in the list.


No matter how common the symptoms are nowadays, they are still prevalent reasons why both adults and children would get physically and mentally absent in the workplace and at school. Some get such chronic upper airway inflammatory disease symptoms mistaken with that of a cold and would endure them, while expecting that they will soon disappear—which they won’t in most cases since allergic rhinitis can last up to months as long as the triggering allergen is present in the environment.


Question: How can Acupuncture help?

Acupuncture prevents the development of Persistent Allergic Rhinitis (PAR) and AR. PAR has been recorded to have afflictions on the patient physically and mentally because of its prolonged onset course of over four weeks. To treat PAR, doctors advise patients of standardized immunotherapy, avoidance of the allergens, and to take medicines for alleviating the symptoms. With all of these, however, the high incidence of AR and PAR still poses an alarm since there may be adverse effects of the standard medicines. This is why specialists are now using Acupuncture for the treatment of the disease. According to a recent study by Mi et al., 2018, “Treatment, (with Acupuncture, as one of the important therapies used in CAM) combining complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) improves clinical efficacy and reduces the incidence of adverse reactions.”

Furthermore, their

research states that, “The curative effect of acupuncture on PAR is mediated by anti-inflammatory effects via the regulation of the interaction between the vagus nerve and macrophages. These generic anti-inflammatory effects directly prevent the development of AR.”


Question: Has its use for AR and PAR been proven to be effective?

Yes it is. Aside from the aforementioned study, another research in the same year by Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin are quoted, “acupuncture treatment was more effective than the symptomatic drug intervention.” Other studies also took note of the anti-inflammatory effects of Acupuncture to prevent AR. Likewise, it can be used for immunotherapy that is why Acupuncture was included in the AR guidelines of the US.


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