Acupuncture effective for sinus and nasal symptoms
Background: The use of complementary medicine is increasingly popular in the United States. The use of acupuncture and its efficacy in treating chronic sinus and nasal symptoms is not well studied.
Methods: Regional licensed acupuncturists (1516) were mailed our acupuncture and chronic sinus and nasal symptoms survey.
Results: Three hundred thirty-one surveys (22%) were returned. Ninety-nine percent of those who returned surveys reported treating patients with chronic sinus and nasal symptoms. On a five-point scale the mean perceived efficacy for the overall treatment of chronic sinus and nasal symptoms was 4.2. The mean cost of an acupuncture treatment course for chronic sinus and nasal symptoms was calculated to be dollar 730.00.
Conclusion: Complementary medicine practitioners frequently use acupuncture in the treatment of patients with chronic sinus and nasal symptoms. Although practitioners report good efficacy using acupuncture to treat such patients, quantitative data are certainly needed to substantiate these self-reports.
Pletcher SD, et al. Use of acupuncture in the treatment of sinus and nasal symptoms: results of a practitioner survey. American Journal of Rhinology 2006;20:235-237.