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Featured in Journal Watch: Does Acupuncture Improve Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis? — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
April 1, 2013

Featured in Journal Watch: Does Acupuncture Improve Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis?

By The Journal Watch Editors

Acupuncture is associated with some improvements for patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis, but these improvements are not clinically relevant, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Some 420 patients were randomized to 8 weeks of acupuncture, sham acupuncture, or no acupuncture. Actual acupuncture was associated with a statistically significant improvement in the primary outcome measure, mean change from baseline in the 6-point Rhinitis Quality of Life Questionnaire score. However, there were no clinically significant differences across the groups.

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