Does alternative medicine work for allergies?

Remedies that have shown some efficacy in treating allergic rhinitis include the following:

  • Acupuncture and acupressure
  • Ayurvedic medicine, including a mixture of seven Indian herbs (Albizia lebbeck, Terminalia chebula, T. bellerica, Phyllanthus emblica, Piper nigrum, P. longum, and Zingiber officinale)
  • Herbal therapies, including butterbur, Tinospora cordifolia, a mixture of cinnamon bark, Spanish needle, and acerola, Benifuuki green tea, Yupingfeng granules, ginseng, and Tonggyu-tang
  • Topical treatments, including capsaicin, cellulose powder, and a petrolatum-based allergen-absorbing ointment

Remedies with less strong evidence include the following:

  • Herbal therapies, including quercetin, stinging nettle, Perilla frutescens, steamed eucalyptus, menthol, Ginkgo biloba, milk thistle, and grape seed extract
  • Laser therapy
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