Research Shows Acupuncture Successful At Rhinitis Relief & Oral Ulcer Prevention
Many of us probably already know what’s on the shopping list as we begin to head into cold and flu season: tissues, nose spray, cough medicine, and whatever else it takes to relieve symptoms. But according to research reports, this season, you may want to consider taking a new approach to relieve and even prevent your symptoms.
Rhinitis, it’s something probably every adult has experienced at least once in their lives, if not once or more each year. Allergies, the common cold, and similar viruses are the usual culprits to blame for rhinitis. When the nasal mucus membranes are inflamed due to illness or allergic reaction, then swelling, runny nose, post-nasal drip, itching and sneezing may ensue, this is rhinitis.
Acupuncture And Moxibustion Relieves Rhinitis
The Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture and Moxibustion has published research that found that acupuncture combined with moxibustion worked to alleviate the nasal congestion, postnasal drip, runny nose, and swelling that were indicative of rhinitis. Compared to the use of nasal drops that contained nitrofurazone and ephedrine, acupuncture with moxibustion were found to bring an 85% effective rate of relief of symptoms compared to a 55% rate with the nasal drop medications.
Oral Ulcer Prevention
Additionally, research showing benefits of acupuncture on oral ulcers has been published. Another research team discovered that the immune system can be benefitted and recurrent oral ulcers prevented by acupuncture therapy. Patients were administered acupuncture needling based on their specific symptoms that were presented along with ulcers. The follow-up exams taken at 3, 6, and 12 months of treatment with acupuncture indicated success. The results reported that oral ulcer relapse rates were reduced by 71.7% using acupuncture therapy. Pain levels and number of ulcers in patients were also reduced by acupuncture.
Acupuncture May Be Your Key To Wellness This Cold And Flu Season
This news is significant enough to make you want to consider skipping a trip to the pharmacy this winter and heading to your acupuncturist instead. Because acupuncture is known to reduce inflammation throughout the body while increasing immunity, it’s easy to understand why people seriously consider this their non-invasive form of prevention and relief. While at Metro Detroit Acupuncture we have always recommended treating rhinitis as result of colds, flu and allergies with Chinese medicine, it’s reaffirming to see positive results of actual published research that back up what we have been practicing for years.
Call our clinic today at 248-432-2846 and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about how acupuncture can change your life.