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Thursday, 15 February 2018
Suffer from hay fever? Acupuncture can help
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.
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.
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