Drug-Free Hay Fever Relief

A smiling woman sitting in a field of white flowersHay fever sufferers may find some relief with a surprising alternative medicine technique, a new study suggests, though the therapy’s appeal in the “real world” is yet to be seen.

The study, of 422 people with grass and pollen allergies, found that those randomly assigned to a dozen acupuncture sessions fared better than patients who did not receive the procedure.

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On average, they reported greater symptom improvements and were able to use less antihistamine medication over eight weeks. The advantage, however, was gone after another eight weeks, according to findings reported in the Feb. 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.