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Chinese systematic review authors have found acupuncture to be non-inferior to pharmacological therapy for allergic rhinitis (AR). Thirty-nine studies with 3433 participants were covered in their meta-analysis. All acupuncture types were found to be superior to sham acupuncture in terms of reducing total nasal symptom scores, and improving rhinoconjunctivitis-related quality of life. Moxibustion was found to be the most effective intervention as it was able to reduce nasal symptoms after just six treatments. Manual acupuncture plus conventional medicine was the most effective intervention for improving quality of life (nine treatments). Moxibustion was most effective at reducing IgE levels (nine treatments).

Acupuncture methods for allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and bayesian meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Chin Med. 2020 Oct 12;15:109.