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Acupuncture has been used to treat various addictions, including opium and cocaine, and is also thought to help people who are trying to break their addiction to nicotine. Some clinical studies evaluating the effects of acupuncture indicate that it is effective for smoking cessation. A study published in 2006 examined 13 studies that used acupuncture for smoking cessation; ten of the studies showed that acupuncture is effective for smoking cessation.

Acupuncture may be most helpful when combined with other methods of smoking cessation.

Acupuncture has been used to treat various addictions, including opium and cocaine, and is also thought to help people who are trying to break their addiction to nicotine. Some clinical studies...

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Acupuncture may be practiced by a variety of professionals, and licensure laws in the United States vary by state. Look for a licensed acupuncturist ("L.Ac."). Other health professionals such as naturopaths, chiropractors and physicians might also use acupuncture as part of their practice.

For more information, see "How to Choose a Qualified Acupuncturist" in the acupuncture article.

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For more information, see the section, "What to Expect During an Acupuncture Treatment," in the acupuncture article.

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For more information, see the section, "What to Expect During an Acupuncture Treatment," in the acupuncture article.

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Acupuncture may be practiced by a variety of professionals, and licensure laws in the United States vary by state. Look for a licensed acupuncturist ("L.Ac."). Other health professionals such as naturopaths, chiropractors and physicians might also use acupuncture as part of their practice.

For more information, see "How to Choose a Qualified Acupuncturist" in the acupuncture article.

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Acupuncture may be practiced by a variety of professionals, and licensure laws in the United States vary by state. Look for a licensed acupuncturist ("L.Ac."). Other health professionals such as naturopaths, chiropractors and physicians might also use acupuncture as part of their practice.

For more information, see "How to Choose a Qualified Acupuncturist" in the acupuncture article.

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For more information, see the section, "What to Expect During an Acupuncture Treatment," in the acupuncture article.

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  1. Macklin EA, Wayne PM, Kalish LA, et al. Stop hypertension with the acupuncture research program (SHARP). Results of a randomized, controlled clinical trial. Hypertension. 2006 Oct 2. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Yin C, Seo B, Park HJ, et al. Acupuncture, a promising adjunctive therapy for essential hypertension: a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial. Neurol Res. 2007;29(suppl):98-103.
  3. Flachskampf FA, Gallasch J, Gefeller O, et al. Randomized trial of acupuncture to lower blood pressure. Circulation. 2007 Jun 4. [Epub ahead of print]
  4. Lee H, Kim SY, Park J, et al. Acupuncture for lowering blood pressure: systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Hypertens. 2009;22:122-128.
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A substantial study (192 participants) failed to find acupuncture helpful for high blood pressure.100 However, another study, this one enrolling 160 people, did report benefit,105,111 but it was small and also suffered from problems in its use of statistics. In a review of 11 randomized controlled trials on the subject, researchers determined that acupuncture’s ability to lower blood pressure has not yet been proved or disproved by scientific research.140

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The exact effects of acupuncture on blood pressure are not clear in modern scientific terms. For one thing, acupuncture may help treat hypertension by inducing a state of deep relaxation. Acupuncture is believed to effect muscles, nerves, and body chemicals such as hormones and neurotransmitters. In general traditional terms, acupuncture seeks to restore the normal circulation of energy within specific channels, called meridians, and improve overall health by promoting the balance of energy in the whole body.

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Acupuncture, either alone or combined with Chinese herbs, may help treat high blood pressure. Research is a bit mixed. Because acupuncture is very low-risk, usually pleasant, and may offer many other health benefits, it may be worth experimenting with.

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The exact effects of acupuncture on blood pressure are not clear in modern scientific terms. For one thing, acupuncture may help treat hypertension by inducing a state of deep relaxation. Acupuncture is believed to effect muscles, nerves, and body chemicals such as hormones and neurotransmitters. In general traditional terms, acupuncture seeks to restore the normal circulation of energy within specific channels, called meridians, and improve overall health by promoting the balance of energy in the whole body.

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  1. Magnusson AL, Svensson RE, Leirvik C, et al. The effect of acupuncture on allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Am J Chin Med. 2004;32:105-15.
  2. Brinkhaus B, Hummelsberger J, Kohnen R, et al. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized-controlled clinical trial. Allergy. 2004;59:953-690.
  3. Ng DK, Chow PY, Ming SP, et al. A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of acupuncture for the treatment of childhood persistent allergic rhinitis. Pediatrics. 2004;114:1242-1247.
  4. Acupuncture for persistent allergic rhinitis: a randomised, sham-controlled trial. SourceMedical Journal of Australia. 2007;187:337-341.
  5. Roberts J, Huissoon A, Dretzke J, et al. A systematic review of the clinical effectiveness of acupuncture for allergic rhinitis. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2008 Apr 22.
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There is mixed research evidence supporting the use of acupuncture or a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

A controlled trial of 40 people failed to find significantly more benefit with real acupuncture than with fake ("sham") acupuncture.30 However, another study found benefit with real acupuncture plus real traditional Chinese herbs as opposed to placebo acupuncture and nonspecific Chinese herbs.41 A carefully conducted review of 7 placebo-controlled trials failed to find convincing evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness against allergic rhinitis.67

Acupuncture alone has demonstrated some promise for treating allergic rhinitis in children.46 In another study involving a randomized, placebo-controlled trial enrolling 80 adult subjects, real acupuncture was superior to sham acupuncture after 8 weeks of treatment for symptoms of persistent allergic rhinitis.64

Findings from acupuncture studies are often considered limited because acupuncture cannot be performed according to the double-blind method preferred in rigorous scientific research. Practitioners administering treatment know whether they are providing genuine or fake (sham) acupuncture, and they may unconsciously communicate this to the subjects in the study. Proponents of acupuncture argue that this does not mean that acupuncture is not effective, but that the human relationship and other intangible elements are important aspects of the treatment.

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  1. Magnusson AL, Svensson RE, Leirvik C, et al. The effect of acupuncture on allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Am J Chin Med. 2004;32:105-15.
  2. Brinkhaus B, Hummelsberger J, Kohnen R, et al. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized-controlled clinical trial. Allergy. 2004;59:953-690.
  3. Ng DK, Chow PY, Ming SP, et al. A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of acupuncture for the treatment of childhood persistent allergic rhinitis. Pediatrics. 2004;114:1242-1247.
  4. Acupuncture for persistent allergic rhinitis: a randomised, sham-controlled trial. SourceMedical Journal of Australia. 2007;187:337-341.
  5. Roberts J, Huissoon A, Dretzke J, et al. A systematic review of the clinical effectiveness of acupuncture for allergic rhinitis. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2008 Apr 22.
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Acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy are often recommended for treating allergies. Acupuncture, often with Chinese Herbs, can be an effective natural remedy for allergies. There is mixed research evidence supporting the use of these modalities as effective treatments for allergic rhinitis.

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There is mixed research evidence supporting the use of acupuncture or a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs. However, holistic treatments such as these are are difficult or impossible to study under the conventional scientific model.

A controlled trial of 40 people failed to find significantly more benefit with real acupuncture than with fake ("sham") acupuncture.30 However, another study found benefit with real acupuncture plus real traditional Chinese herbs as opposed to placebo acupuncture and nonspecific Chinese herbs.41 A carefully conducted review of 7 placebo-controlled trials failed to find convincing evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness against allergic rhinitis.67

Acupuncture alone has demonstrated some promise for treating allergic rhinitis in children.46 In another study involving a randomized, placebo-controlled trial enrolling 80 adult subjects, real acupuncture was superior to sham acupuncture after 8 weeks of treatment for symptoms of persistent allergic rhinitis.64

Findings from acupuncture studies are often considered limited because acupuncture cannot be performed according to the double-blind method preferred in rigorous scientific research. Practitioners administering treatment know whether they are providing genuine or fake (sham) acupuncture, and they may unconsciously communicate this to the subjects in the study. Proponents of acupuncture argue that this does not mean that acupuncture is not effective, but that the human relationship and other intangible elements are important aspects of the treatment.

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Acupuncture may be practiced by a variety of professionals, and licensure laws in the United States vary by state. Look for a licensed acupuncturist ("L.Ac."). Other health professionals such as naturopaths, chiropractors and physicians might also use acupuncture as part of their practice.

For more information, see "How to Choose a Qualified Acupuncturist" in the acupuncture article.

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The exact effects of acupuncture are not clear in modern scientific terms. Acupuncture is believed to effect muscles, nerves, and body chemicals such as hormones and neurotransmitters. In general traditional terms, acupuncture seeks to restore the normal circulation of energy within specific channels, called meridians, and improve overall health by promoting the balance of energy in the whole body. Acupuncture may help treat allergic rhinitis by balancing the immune response that causes allergic symptoms.

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There is mixed research evidence supporting the use of acupuncture or a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

A controlled trial of 40 people failed to find significantly more benefit with real acupuncture than with fake ("sham") acupuncture.30 However, another study found benefit with real acupuncture plus real traditional Chinese herbs as opposed to placebo acupuncture and nonspecific Chinese herbs.41 A carefully conducted review of 7 placebo-controlled trials failed to find convincing evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness against allergic rhinitis.67

Acupuncture alone has demonstrated some promise for treating allergic rhinitis in children.46 In another study involving a randomized, placebo-controlled trial enrolling 80 adult subjects, real acupuncture was superior to sham acupuncture after 8 weeks of treatment for symptoms of persistent allergic rhinitis.64

Findings from acupuncture studies are often considered limited because acupuncture cannot be performed according to the double-blind method preferred in rigorous scientific research. Practitioners administering treatment know whether they are providing genuine or fake (sham) acupuncture, and they may unconsciously communicate this to the subjects in the study. Proponents of acupuncture argue that this does not mean that acupuncture is not effective, but that the human relationship and other intangible elements are important aspects of the treatment.

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Acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy are often recommended for treating allergies. Acupuncture, often with Chinese Herbs, can be an effective natural remedy for allergies. There is mixed research evidence supporting the use of these modalities as effective treatments for allergic rhinitis.

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