Efficacy of Sanfujiu to treat allergies: Patient outcomes at 1 year after treatment

Chen-Jei Tai, Chia P. Chang, Chung Y. Huang, Li Yin Chien

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Sanfujiu is a treatment method of applying herbal paste onto the acupoints Fengmen and Feishu during the three hottest days of summer to treat patients with allergies. The objectives of this study were to determine the treatment efficacy at 1 year after the Sanfujiu treatment, and examine variations in the perceived efficacy of Sanfujiu among different subgroups, based on the patients' ages, diagnoses and number of reactive symptoms immediately after the treatment. We enrolled 105 patients who completed Sanfujiu treatment at a medical university hospital in Taipei as the subjects. One year after treatment, trained interviewers conducted telephone interviews with the patients. Approximately 60% of them perceived the treatment as being effective at 1 year later, which was higher than that at 1 week after treatment (45.7%). Younger subjects (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-246
Number of pages6
JournalEvidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


  • Allergy
  • Sanfujiu
  • Therapeutic effect
  • Traditional Chinese medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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