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How can acupuncture help relieve allergy symptoms?

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In this ancient Chinese therapy, an expert sticks tiny needles gently -- and, many people say, painlessly -- into your skin at specific points. Studies of acupuncture for the treatment of allergies have shown mixed results, with the most rigorous studies showing very modest clinical benefit. It may be a reasonable option if your allergies are relatively mild and you want to try to take less medicine.

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AAFA: "Air Filters."

AAAAI: "Indoor Allergens: Tips to Remember."

Brinkhaus, B. Annals of Internal Medicine, Feb. 19, 2013.

Clifford W. Bassett, MD, allergy ambassador, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; Medical Director, Allergy and Asthma Care of NY; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine.

Jennifer McDaniel, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Butterbur."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Allergic Rhinitis."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Kefir."

Winchester Hospital: "Probiotics for Hay Fever and Asthma in Children."

CDC: “Safe Ritual Nasal Rinsing.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hay Fever.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 10, 2019

SOURCES:

AAFA: "Air Filters."

AAAAI: "Indoor Allergens: Tips to Remember."

Brinkhaus, B. Annals of Internal Medicine, Feb. 19, 2013.

Clifford W. Bassett, MD, allergy ambassador, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; Medical Director, Allergy and Asthma Care of NY; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine.

Jennifer McDaniel, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Butterbur."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Allergic Rhinitis."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Kefir."

Winchester Hospital: "Probiotics for Hay Fever and Asthma in Children."

CDC: “Safe Ritual Nasal Rinsing.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hay Fever.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 10, 2019

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