Efficacy Study of Acupuncture to Relieve Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis
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Limited evidence suggests that acupuncture may help relieve symptoms of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. This study evaluated if acupuncture twice weekly for 10 weeks would help ameliorate symptoms of CP/CPPS.
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Various studies have reported that this acupuncture able to relieve symptoms of chronic prostatitis (CP)/ chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS). However, controversy exists on the efficacy of this technique due to poor experimental designs and lack of placebo controls in these experiment. This study is the first randomised controlled study which will evaluate if acupuncture for 10 weeks will help improve symptoms of CP/CPPS
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Ages Eligible for Study:
20 Years to 65 Years (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Symptoms of discomfort or pain in the pelvic region for at least a three (3) months period within the last six (6) months.
Moderate overall score on the NIH-CPSI (overall score more than 15 out of a potential of 0–43 points)
Diagnosed as having CPPS Category III
Participant is willing to undergo 10 weeks of acupuncture treatment
History of prostate, bladder or urethral cancer.
Inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, but not irritable bowel syndrome).
Undergone pelvic radiation or systemic chemotherapy, intravesical chemotherapy or intravesical BCG.
Treated for unilateral orchialgia without pelvic symptoms.
Active urethral stricture.
Undergone TURP, TUIP, TUIBN, TUMT, TUNA, balloon dilation of the prostate, open prostatectomy or any other prostate surgery or treatment such as cryotherapy or thermal therapy.
Neurological impairment or psychiatric disorder preventing his understanding of consent and his ability to comply with the protocol.
Diagnosed as acute or chronic bacterial prostatitis.
History of urinary tract infection positive uropathogen for the past year.
Taking medications which could affect the lower urinary tract function
History of type 1 or 2 diabetes.
Treated/currently undergoing treatment with acupuncture for any other illness including prostatitis for the past 6 months.
Refusal to be needled or any form of bleeding disorder.