Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine | Hay fever & Sinusitis

Acupuncture for Hay fever & sinusitis

If you are interested in making an Appointment with one of our team or would simply like to see if Acupuncture may be appropriate for you, please feel free to contact the Clinic on (03) 87197373 or Book Online below 

Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)


Hay fever also called allergic rhinitis refers to the symptoms people suffer when exposed to particular pollens. 15% of the Adult population in Australia struggle with Hay fever during spring, which means itchy watery eyes, itchy throat and sneezing! With a temperate climate, Melbourne usually has a short but intense grass pollen season, peaking late in spring (October to November). In some unlucky few seasonal allergies are not so seasonal, occurring year round.


In those who suffer from Hay fever, their body mistakenly thinks this is a threat and triggers an allergic reaction. Inflammatory cells quickly release mediators such as histamine and that’s when the symptoms kick in.In some people with hay fever, pollen allergens can trigger allergic symptoms in the lower airways as well as the nose, making it difficult to breathe. In others it can mean dependance on over the counter symptomatic relief.


Acupuncture is an effective (1) treatment for Hay fever. A series of up to 12 sessions administered could reduce symptoms, as well as prevent return. Many clients will do a seasonal top up to ensure a sneeze free season. Acupuncture is often combined with Chinese herbal medicine.


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Research into Acupuncture’s effectiveness in Hay fever (Allergic Rhinitis)


The use of Acupuncture in hay fever is actually quiet expensive and positive. In research terms Acupuncture is considered effective (1) in the treatment. One study (2) triggered the following statement from the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and  Immunology;


“Based on these findings, the real acupuncture treatment administered in this trial is recommended to be administered pre-seasonally, for symptom control during peak pollen season,” 


The study also found marked improvement in nasal obstruction, nasal itch, sneezing, runny nose, eye itch, and more refreshed sleep in patients who received the Real acupuncture compared with those that didn’t. . These improvements persisted over the course of 12 weeks of treatment and symptoms continued to improve after the end of the course of treatment.


Here is a review of the other most recent studies;


  • Feng 2015; SR of 13 RCT’s Acupuncture could be a safe and valid treatment for allergic rhinitis (3)
  • Taw 2015; SR of 2 large multi-Centre RCT’s, 3 Acupuncture vs Medication RCT’s and 1 cost effective study (4)
  • Kim 2012 & Witt 2010; Acupuncture is cost-effective for allergic rhinitis (5) (6)
  • Reinhold 2013; Acupuncture significantly superior to rescue medications in QALY gained, but may cost more short term (7) (8)

If you are interested in making an Appointment with one of our team or would simply like to see if Acupuncture may be appropriate for you, please feel free to contact the Clinic on (03) 87197373 or Book Online below 



  1. McDonald, John & Janz, Stephen. (2016). The Acupuncture Evidence Project : A Comparative Literature Review (Revised). Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association Ltd, Coorparoo
  2. Charlie Changli Xue, Anthony Lin Zhang, Claire Shuiqing Zhang, Cliff DaCosta, David F. Story, Frank C. Thien. (2015) Acupuncture for seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomised controlled trial. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol; available online 11 June 2015
  3. Feng S, Han M, Fan Y, Yang G, Liao Z, Liao W, et al. (2015) Acupuncture for the treatment of allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Rhinol Allergy. Jan-Feb;29(1):57-62
  4. Taw MB, Reddy WD, Omole FS, Seidman MD. Acupuncture and allergic rhinitis. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Jun;23(3):216-20.Witt CM, Brinkhaus B. Efficacy, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of acupuncture for allergic rhinitis – An overview about previous and ongoing studies. Auton Neurosci. 2010 Oct 28;157(1-2):42-5.
  5. Kim SY, Lee H, Chae Y, Park HJ, Lee H. A systematic review of cost-effectiveness analyses alongside randomised controlled trials of acupuncture. Acupunct Med. 2012 Dec;30(4):273-85.
  6. Reinhold T, Roll S, Willich SN, Ortiz M, Witt CM, Brinkhaus B. Cost-effectiveness for acupuncture in seasonal allergic rhinitis: economic results of the ACUSAR trial. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2013 Jul;111(1):56-63.
  7. Reinhold T, Brinkhaus B, Willich SN, Witt C. Acupuncture in patients suffering from allergic asthma: is it worth additional costs? J Altern Complement Med. 2014 Mar;20(3):169-77