Many people suffer from seasonal allergy during spring and/or fall, and those allergic to the house dust mite will testify it's a 365 days of year issue.
Acupuncture has been proven effective in the treatment of allergy to dust mites and other related symptoms such as rhinitis, itchy eyes and so on. New research from Australia published recently assessed the physiological basis for this improvement.
The study was a randomized, controlled study and included 151 adults who were assigned to receive "real acupuncture", "placebo acupuncture" (twice a week for 8 weeks) or remain untreated. All patients were allowed to take non-steroidal drugs. The study examined the effectiveness of acupuncture in relieving allergy symptoms as well as proteins indicative of an inflammatory response taken from blood and/or saliva samples.
The results showed a statistically significant decrease in allergen-specific IgE type for dust mites only in the "real acupuncture" group, as well as a decrease in Substance P and other pro-inflammatory neuropeptides. Nasal obstruction, nasal itching, sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and a non-refreshing sleep significantly improved in the "real acupuncture" group and continued to improve throughout the 4 weeks of follow-up.