80 patients who participated in a acupuncture for hay fever study had a very long history of allergies and have tried almost everything. Half of them were receiving fake acupuncture, other half were receiving real acupuncture to rule out the placebo effect in this well designed study by World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre of Chinese Medicine at RMIT University.
After eight weeks of acupuncture treatment, those receiving the real acupuncture had a significant drop in symptoms, while those with the fake treatment did not. The benefits continued for another three months after the treatment ended.
This study confirmed that acupuncture significantly reduces the symptoms of nasal allergies, reduces sneezing, opens blocked noses, stops nasal itching and a runny nose.
About 20 percent of New Zealanders suffer from Hayfever; and acupuncture is safe and effective treatment for it.
Results published in the Medical Journal of Australia.