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Acupuncture and Hives

A recent article appearing in the Archives of Dermatology ("Acupuncture Treatment of Urticaria," Chen C-J and Yu H-S, Nov 1998;134:1397-1399), spoke of the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating urticaria (hives). The author claims that 90% of patients with urticaria experience complete relief when treated with acupuncture. In studies on animals, acupuncture has enhanced the output of the adrenal glands and the author proposes that this may be how it is so effective in treating hives.