Acupuncture and moxibustion is effective for allergic rhinitis

Objective: To explore the effect of medicine-separated moxibustion combined with mind-regulating acupuncture on the efficacy and quality of life of patients with allergic rhinitis.

Methods: Sixty patients with allergic rhinitis cured from February 2019 to April 2021 were enrolled in our hospital. The patients were arbitrarily assigned into control and study groups. The former group was treated with herbal moxibustion on the navel, while the latter group was treated with herbal moxibustion on the navel combined with mind-regulating acupuncture. The curative effect, TNSS score, TNNSS score, RQLQ score, and the incidence of adverse events were compared.

Results: Compared with the two groups, the study group was markedly effective in 24 cases, effective in 5 cases, and ineffective in 1 case, with an effective rate of 100.00%, while the control group was markedly effective in 13 cases, effective in 10 cases, and ineffective in 7 cases, with an effective rate of 100.00%. The curative effect of the study group was better compared to the control group (P < 0.05).

There was no remarkable difference in TNSS score before treatment (P > 0.05). After treatment, the TNSS scores of patients decreased. Compared with the control group, the TNSS score of the study group was lower than that of the control group at 2 weeks, 4 weeks and during the follow-up. No remarkable difference appeared in the TNNSS score before treatment (P > 0.05). After treatment, the TNNSS scores of patients were decreased.

Comparing the two groups, the TNNSS scores of the study group were lower compared to the control group after 2 weeks of treatment, 4 weeks of treatment and during the follow-up period (P < 0.05). There was no remarkable difference in the RQLQ score before treatment (P > 0.05). After treatment, the RQLQ scores of patients were decreased. Comparing the two groups, the RQLQ scores of the study group were lower compared to the control group at 2 weeks, 4 weeks after treatment and during the follow-up period (P < 0.05). In terms of the incidence of adverse events, the incidence of adverse events such as subcutaneous hematoma, bruising, and induration in the study group was lower compared to the control group (P < 0.05).

Conclusion: Medicine-separated moxibustion was combined with mind-regulating acupuncture when treating allergic rhinitis. There were differences in clinical efficacy, single-symptom score, and TNSS, TNNSS, and RQLQ scores, which verified the clinical efficacy of medicine-separated moxibustion combined with mind-regulating acupuncture when treating allergic rhinitis, and expounded the mechanism of medicine-separated moxibustion combined with mind-regulating acupuncture when treating AR.

In the meantime, it shows that the umbilical method of medicine-separated moxibustion combined with mind-regulating acupuncture when treating allergic rhinitis has the advantages of definite short-term effect, long-term effect, safe and simple operation, and no adverse reactions, which is worthy of clinical application.

Reference: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35694711/

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