Acupuncture Fights Influenza, Decreases Mortality Rate

Acupuncture reduces mortality from influenza. Two independent investigations affirms acupuncture’s efficacy for battling flu. One lab examination tested acupuncture as a monotherapy and confirmed that acupuncture reduces death rates, builds serum interferon levels, and improves the phagocytosis of infections. Another investigation finds acupuncture effective for improving the clinical viability of anti-viral drugs. How about we start with the integrative investigation and we’ll look at the acupuncture monotherapy next.

Specialists from the Taizhou Municipal Hospital consolidated needle therapy with standard medication treatment. Patients accepting both oseltamivir and needle therapy in a joined treatment convention had unrivaled patient results contrasted and patients getting just oseltamivir. In a free lab test, the analysts demonstrated that needle therapy applies an antiviral impact by expanding the serum level of interferon (IFN) and improves phagocyte work in rodents with flu infection diseases.

The research team of Lang et al. compared a control group receiving only oseltamivir (an antiviral drug, also known by the brand-name Tamiflu) and a treatment group receiving both acupuncture and oseltamivir. The treatment group patients had significantly shorter recovery times for relieving fever, sore throat, and coughing. The researchers affirm that the addition of acupuncture to an oseltamivir treatment regimen increases the effective rate of oseltamivir for the treatment of influenza. Furthermore, the researchers affirm that acupuncture is both effective and safe; acupuncture did not produce any severe adverse effects.


Following treatment, the average recovery time from fever was 63.80 hours in the drug monotherapy control group and 57.05 hours in the acupuncture plus drug treatment group. On average, acupuncture reduced fevers by 6.75 hours.

The average recovery time from sore throat was 80.35 hours in the control group and 71.25 hours in the treatment group. Acupuncture improved the pharynx pain recovery time by 9.1 hours.

The average recovery time from coughing and other symptoms was 115.20 hours in the drug monotherapy control group and 104.70 hours in the acupuncture plus drug treatment group; acupuncture produced an improvement of 10.5 hours.


Researchers (Lang et al.) used the following study design. A total of 80 patients diagnosed with H1N1 influenza were treated and evaluated, they were randomly divided into an acupuncture plus drug treatment group and a drug monotherapy control group, with 40 patients in each group. Inclusion criteria were established and included the following:

H1N1 influenza diagnosis

Body temperature ≥38 degrees Celsius

At least two indicative symptoms (e.g., sore throat, coughing)

Summary The investigations carried out shows that acupuncture reduces mortality from influenza and acupuncture is an important treatment alternative for the treatment of influenza. Acupuncture improves the serum level of IFN and improves phagocytosis of viruses. Patients are encouraged to contact local licensed acupuncturists to consult about treatment alternatives.