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ALLERGIC RHINITIS (HAYFEVER)

Whether you have seasonal or persistent allergic rhinitis acupuncture may help with this condition.

There is quite a lot of strong evidence to support acupuncture being effective for seasonal and persistent allergic rhinitis. One recent study found that acupuncture helped relieve symptoms of nasal and eye itch and sneezing by modulating the mucosal immune response in adults with allergic rhinitis.[12]

Menopausal hotflushes

When a woman’s menstrual periods come to an end, this is known as menopause and hot flushes and sleep disturbances commonly occur in this phase of life. Menopausal hot flushes that occur through natural menopause may be reduced in severity by getting acupuncture.

A systematic review from the European Journal of Integrative Medicine concluded that acupuncture can reduce the intensity of hot flushes for women going through natural menopause, however, it has not been proven to help hot flushes associated with breast cancer or it’s treatment.[17]

MENOPAUSAL SLEEP DISTURBANCE

Acupuncture has been found to significantly reduce sleep disturbances in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women and is recommended as part of a multimodal approach in improving menopause-related sleep disturbances. [18]

Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a disorder of the large intestine. Symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain and cramping, bloating and changes in appearance and frequency of bowel movements.

Acupuncture may be beneficial in treating the symptoms of IBS. Some recent research studies show there is consistent evidence that acupuncture is superior to commonly prescribed medications for irritable bowel syndrome.[10] [11]