Acupuncture as an add-on therapy to sublingual allergen-specific immunotherapy for patients with allergic rhinitis.
A recent study retrospectively analyzed the effectiveness of acupuncture as add-on therapy (AAOT) to sublingual allergen-specific immunotherapy (SASIT) for patients with allergic rhinitis (AR).
A total of 120 eligible cases of adult patients with AR were included in this retrospective study. Of these, 60 patients received AAOT plus SASIT and were assigned to a treatment group, while the other 60 subjects underwent SASIT only, and were assigned to a control group.
Primary outcome was AR symptoms. The secondary outcome was quality of life, as evaluated by the Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (RQLQ). In addition, adverse events were also recorded during the study period. All outcomes were assessed before and after 8 weeks treatment.
After 8 weeks treatment, patients in the treatment group had significantly better effectiveness in symptoms relief, and quality of life improvement, compared with patients in the control group.
In addition, although patients in the treatment group reported more mild pain at local area after the treatment than that in the control group, no patients stopped the treatment. The results of this study showed that AAOT plus SASIT achieved more benefits in patients with AR than SASIT alone.