The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Acupuncture for allergic rhinitis, reviewed

    Prof. Ernst reviewed its value for treating or preventing allergic rhinitis.

    First, the details.

    • Among 115 studies, 12 were worth reviewing.
    • 7 studies were of high quality.
    • All evaluated the effectiveness of acupuncture on allergic rhinitis symptoms, none on its curative value.

    And, the results.
    Seasonal allergic rhinitis

    • 3 studies failed to show superiority of acupuncture for treating or preventing symptoms vs placebo acupuncture.

    Perennial allergic rhinitis

    • 1 study reported favorable effects of acupuncture on rhinitis symptoms.
    • 1 found positive results for a nasal symptoms vs placebo acupuncture.

    Acupuncture vs drugs

    • 2 studies reported favorable results with acupuncture.

    The bottom line?
    There was no evidence of benefit in seasonal allergic rhinitis. For perennial allergic rhinitis, the results suggest acupuncture is effective.

    6/13/09 13:46 JR

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