Acupuncture a viable treatment for allergic rhinitis: study

Acupuncture is a viable treatment for patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis, report Monash University researchers.

Their study of 175 patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis shows those treated with acupuncture experienced a greater reduction in sneezing and itching symptoms than members of a sham-treatment group.

Quality of life also improved during the 12-session, four week trial. But patients did not report relief of nasal obstruction.

The researchers say the effects persisted beyond the treatment phase, with patients reporting improved symptoms four weeks