Different Acupuncture Therapies for Allergic Rhinitis: Overview of Systematic Reviews and Network Meta-Analysis.
Conclusion: These results indicate that for patients with allergic rhinitis who are unresponsive to conventional western medicine or cannot tolerate the side effects, acupuncture at the sphenopalatine ganglion acupoint is an effective alternative therapy. Further studies are advocated to deeply explore methodological quality of SRs by incorporating high-quality RCTs. PMID: 32382307 [PubMed]
Abstract Objective: The aim of this research was to explore the hypothesis that acupuncture at the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG), a new a new method of acupuncture, would be more efficacious and safe than traditional acupuncture in the treatment of persistent allergic rhinitis (PAR). Materials and Methods: For this study, 120 patients with PAR were randomly assigned to SPG acupuncture, traditional acupuncture (Yingxiang [LI 20], Hegu [LI 4], and Yintang [Ex-HN 3]), or drug treatment (budesonide nasal spray). Efficacy was assessed by using single symptoms, including sneezing, rhinorrhea, nasal obstruction and nasal...
Condition: Perennial Allergic Rhinitis Interventions: Procedure: SPA acupuncture; Procedure: sham acupuncture Sponsor: Beijing Tongren Hospital Not yet recruiting
Condition: Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis Interventions: Procedure: SPA acupuncture; Procedure: sham acupuncture Sponsor: Beijing Tongren Hospital Not yet recruiting
Conclusion: These findings show that acupuncturing the sphenopalatine ganglion acupoint alone has a potential role in alleviating nasal symptoms, improving quality of life for patients, and the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of allergic rhinitis, suggesting it as a considerable therapy for allergic rhinitis. However, more studies are needed to execute a subgroup analysis of various variables and to evaluate the publication bias of the study. PMID: 30992709 [PubMed]