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Can acupuncture help relieve seasonal allergies?

Published on Feb 19, 2013 7:31 AM

(REUTERS) - Watery eyes and stuffy noses are seasonal martyrdom for millions of allergy sufferers around the globe, but now a German study finds that some help may come from an unlikely source - acupuncture.

Researchers, publishing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that 71 per cent of people reported an improvement in their allergies after eight weeks of acupuncture.

But so did 56 per cent of allergy sufferers who were treated with sham acupuncture as a comparison.

"Acupuncture led to statistically significant improvements in disease-specific quality of life an antihistamine use measures after eight weeks of treatment compared with sham acupuncture and with (medication) along," wrote lead researcher Benno Brinkhaus and colleagues. "But the improvements may not be clinically significant."

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