Hayfever Symptoms Resolved with Acupuncture

Hayfever Symptoms Resolved with Acupuncture

9 October 2018 by Caitlin Armit

Hayfever (Allergic Rhinitis) Symptoms Resolved with Acupuncture

Spring season can be pretty miserable if you’re one of the many Brisbane people who suffer from hayfever at this time of year. According to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and allergy around 18% of people in Australia and New Zealand suffer from hayfever. Symptoms occur when the eyes or nose come into contact with environmental allergens – dust mites, mould, pollen, or animal hair.

We know that acupuncture effectively treats the irritating signs and symptoms of allergic rhinitis (hayfever) – runny nose, blocked nose, sore throat, itchy eyes, sneezing, headache, poor sleep and post-nasal drip – however we now have a clearer understanding of how this treatment works.



The 2016 research article, Effect of acupuncture on house dust mite specific IgE, substance P, and symptoms of persistent allergic rhinitis, showed that following initial treatment acupuncture decreases ‘substance P’ – a neuropeptide that acts as a neurotransmitter and neuromodulator. This is then followed by a slower but significant reduction of signs and symptoms. Interestingly, even when ‘substance P’ begins to rise again four weeks after initial treatment, patient’s signs and symptoms continued to improve demonstrating the long-term effects of acupuncture in regulating immune response. Of 151 patients randomised into either real acupuncture, sham acupuncture or no acupuncture, only participants in the real acupuncture group showed a statistically significant reduction in allergen specific IgE (24%) – an antibody which binds to allergens and triggers the release of substances which cause inflammation. Based on the positive results of this allergic rhinitis research, the recommended treatment program is twice per week for twelve weeks to achieve optimal results.

If you’re tired of suffering from seasonal allergies but would like to reduce your dependency on medications and improve your quality of life, then acupuncture may be a solution for you. 


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