new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine this month. The study of 422 people ages 16-25 found that acupuncture and anti-allergy medication together statistically significantly improved disease-specific quality of life and lowered rescue medication use after an 8 week treatment period, compared to anti-allergy medication alone, or anti-allergy medication and sham acupuncture.
While definitive conclusions can not yet be drawn from this study, it does offer promising evidence that acupuncture can be an effective therapy for dealing with the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Additionally, the study addressed some of the common design flaws in acupuncture studies.
Study researcher Dr. Benno Brinkhaus told TIME magazine that "From my experience as a physician and acupuncturist, and as a researcher, I would recommend trying acupuncture if patients are not satisfied with the conventional anti-allergic medication or treatment or they suffer from more or less serious sides effects of the conventional medication.”