AkupunkturResearch appearing in Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology (2012 Jun 3. [Epub ahead of print]) looked at the effect acupuncture had on patients with allergic asthma. The treatment points GV14, BL12 and BL13, used in the study, were chosen based on their historic use in Chinese medicine for treating allergic asthma. Concentrations of immunoglobulin (IgE, IgA and sIgA–which increase in response to allergens) were measured after treatment, and found to be reduced by the acupuncture treatment. Eosinophils (white blood cells that increase during an allergic response) were also decreased by the treatment. Other immune cells, CD3+, CD4+, CD8+ and T lymphocytes increased. The researchers concluded that acupuncture helps regulate immunity on a cellular level and in the mucosal lining, and may be a useful adjunctive therapy for treating patients with allergic asthma.