52 participants between the ages of 20 and 58 were spilt into two groups. The first group received a 20 minute acupuncture treatment once a week for six weeks using points on the Large Intestine, Gallbladder, Lung and Liver meridians stimulated. Other points were also selected based on the specific symptoms of each patient. In addition to this, patients were also given a blend of schizonepeta, chrysanthemum, cassia seed, plantago seed and tribulus.
Patients in the second or ‘control’ group also received acupuncture but on different acupuncture points which were situated away from the meridians as well as receiving a non-specific herbal formula comprised of coix seed, licorice, poria, hops, oryza, barley, hawthorn fruit, and medicated leaven.
All participants were treated with smaller needles than those that are used in tradition Chinese medicine patients.
When the study neared completion the participants in both groups were questioned on their level of improvement. The first group demonstrated a significant improvements in their allergy symptoms in the eyes and nose as well as high levels of physical activity, compared to those with higher allergy symptoms in the eyes and nose.