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Author Magnusson, A. L.; Svensson, R. E.; Leirvik, C.; Gunnarsson, R. K.
Title The effect of acupuncture on allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled clinical trial Type of Study RCT
Year 2004 Publication The American journal of Chinese medicine Abbreviated Journal Am J Chin Med
Volume 32 Issue 1 Pages 105-115
Keywords Acu Versus Sham; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Allergies; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Penetrating Sham; Near Verum Acupoint Control; RCT; Respiratory Tract Diseases; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Sham Control; Standard Needling Depth; TCM Acupuncture Style; Rhinitis, Allergic
Abstract Allergic rhinitis is a common health problem usually treated with drug therapy. Some patients experience side effects of drug therapy while others fear the use of drugs. Acupuncture is an interesting alternative to traditional treatment. The few studies evaluating acupuncture indicate a possible clinical effect on allergic rhinitis. This study compared active versus sham acupuncture in 40 consecutive patients with a history of allergic rhinitis and a positive skin test. Patients were randomized and assessed prior to treatment and then reassessed after 12 months. Improvements in symptoms using visual analogue scales, reduction in skin test reactions and levels of specific immunoglobin E (IgE) were used to compare the effect of treatment. For one allergen, mugwort, a greater reduction in levels of specific IgE (p = 0.019, 0.039) and skin test reaction (p = 0.004) was seen in the group receiving active acupuncture compared to the group receiving sham acupuncture. However, this finding might be an artifact. No differences in clinical symptoms were seen between active versus sham acupuncture, thus the conclusion being that the effect of acupuncture on allergic rhinitis should be further evaluated in larger randomized studies
Address Bollebygd's Primary Health Care Center, Bollebygd, Sweden. anna-lena.magnusson@vgregion.se
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Language Number of Treatments 12
Treatment Follow-up 52 Weeks Frequency <1/WK Number of Participants 40
Time in Treatment 16 Weeks Condition Rhinitis, Allergic
Disease Category Respiratory Tract Diseases OCSI Score 58
Notes Approved no
Call Number Serial 807
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