Acupuncture for the Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

  title={Acupuncture for the Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis},
  author={Shaoyan Feng and Miaomiao Han and Yunping Fan and Guangwei Yang and Zhenpeng Liao and Wei-dong Liao and Huabin Li},
  journal={American Journal of Rhinology \& Allergy},
  pages={57 - 62}
Background Because acupuncture may modulate the immune system, it has been proposed as a useful treatment for patients with allergic rhinitis (AR). Here, we assessed the evidence for the clinical efficacy of acupuncture for the management of AR patients by performing a systematic review and meta-analysis of the published literatures. Methods By searching PubMed, EMBASE, the Cochrane clinical trials database, and the China National Knowledge Infrastructure from 1980 through July 11, 2013, we… 

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