Efficacy, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of acupuncture for allergic rhinitis — An overview about previous and ongoing studies

@article{Witt2010EfficacyEA,
  title={Efficacy, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of acupuncture for allergic rhinitis — An overview about previous and ongoing studies},
  author={Claudia M. Witt and Benno Brinkhaus},
  journal={Autonomic Neuroscience},
  year={2010},
  volume={157},
  pages={42-45}
}

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