Acupuncture helps with hay fever, but effects may be short-lived

  • Updated: March 16, 2013 - 4:34 PM

Can acupuncture help hay fever symptoms?

Acupuncture is the crown jewel of alternative medicine, recommended for issues like chronic pain and osteoarthritis. Lately, it has been promoted as a way to relieve hay fever. But is there any real benefit? A study of 422 people with grass and pollen allergies found that acupuncture given over eight weeks helped them use antihistamine less frequently. But after an additional eight weeks, the improvements had faded away, said the study in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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