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Author (up) Brinkhaus, B.; Hummelsberger, J.; Kohnen, R.; Seufert, J.; Hempen, C. H.; Leonhardy, H.; Nogel, R.; Joos, S.; Hahn, E.; Schuppan, D. url  openurl
  Title Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized-controlled clinical trial Type of Study RCT
  Year 2004 Publication European journal of allergy and clinical immunology Abbreviated Journal Allergy  
  Volume 59 Issue 9 Pages 953-960  
  Keywords Acu Versus Sham; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Herbal Formula; Penetrating Sham; Non Specific Acupoint Control; RCT; Respiratory Tract Diseases; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture + Other; Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal; Semi-Individualized Acupuncture Protocol; Superficial Needling Depth; Sham Acupoint Control; Sham Control; Traditional Diagnosis Based Point Selection; TCM Acupuncture Style  
  Abstract Background: Patients with allergic rhinitis (AR) increasingly use complementary medicine. The aim of this study was to determine whether traditional Chinese therapy is efficacious in patients suffering from seasonal AR. Methods: Fifty-two patients between the ages of 20 and 58 who had typical symptoms of seasonal AR were assigned randomly and in a blinded fashion to (i) an active treatment group which received a semi-standardized acupuncture of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, and (ii) a control group which received acupuncture applied to non-acupuncture points in addition to a non-specific Chinese herbal formula. All patients received acupuncture treatment once per week and the respective Chinese herbal formula as a decoction three times daily for a total of 6 weeks. Assessments were performed before, during, and 1 week after treatment. The change in severity of hay fever symptoms was the primary outcome measured on a visual analogue scale (VAS). Results: Compared with patients in the control group, patients in the active treatment group showed a significant after-treatment improvement on the VAS (P = 0.006) and Rhinitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (P = 0.015). Improvement on the Global Assessment of Change Scale was noted in 85% of active treatment group participants vs 40% in the control group (P = 0.048). No differences between the two groups could be detected with the Allergic Rhinitis Symptom Questionnaire. Both treatments were well-tolerated. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that traditional Chinese therapy may be an efficacious and safe treatment option for patients with seasonal AR  
  Address Department of Medicine I, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen Germany  
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  Language Number of Treatments 6  
  Treatment Follow-up 1 Week Frequency 1/WK Number of Participants 52  
  Time in Treatment 6 Weeks Condition Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal
  Disease Category Respiratory Tract Diseases OCSI Score 73  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 89  
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