Acupuncture for Allergies, even Hay Fever

Seasonal allergies can cause almost 25% of us to suffer from sniffles, sneezes, and a runny nose.  Acupuncture for allergies is very effective.  I have treated hundreds of people over the years for allergies, and acupuncture has improved their quality of life, and allowed them to go back to the outdoor activities they love.

This article from the New York Times talks about a study that shows the success of acupuncture for hay fever.

Really? Acupuncture Can Reduce Symptoms of Hay Fever


Anahad O’Connor tackles health myths.


Acupuncture is the crown jewel of alternative medicine, recommended for issues like chronic pain and osteoarthritis. Lately, the age-old treatment has been promoted as a way to relieve hay fever. But is there any real benefit?

Recently, a team of researchers designed a large trial to figure that out. In the study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, scientists recruited 422 people with allergies to grass and pollen and randomly assigned them to one of three groups. One group received 12 acupuncture treatments over eight weeks. Another was given sham acupuncture treatments equivalent to placebo, and a third group received no treatment. Each group had access to anantihistamine “rescue medication.”

After eight weeks, those in the acupuncture group had greater improvements in symptoms, compared with subjects in the other two groups, and they used the antihistamine less frequently. But after another eight weeks, the improvements had faded away, the study found.

A similar study published this month in the journal Allergy also found that acupuncture treatments, given three times a week over four weeks, relieved allergy symptoms compared with a sham procedure. But the study did not follow up with the patients long term.

Acupuncture may make a difference, but only, it seems, with regular treatments — which are not inexpensive. One session can run $65 to $120, and some insurers are reluctant to cover it.


Studies suggest that acupuncture can help with symptoms of hay fever.

I am happy to accept insurance at my office.  Please call me, Mavis Bates, at 630-605-9244, or visit my website at   You will see the benefit of acupuncture for allergies for yourself.

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