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Efficacy Study of Acupuncture to Relieve Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis

This study has been completed.
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First Posted: December 1, 2005
Last Update Posted: October 26, 2006
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University of Washington
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University of Science Malaysia
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.

Condition Intervention Phase
Prostatitis Procedure: Acupuncture Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Double Blind, Sham Controlled Trial Evaluating the Efficacy of Acupuncture in Relieving Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis/ Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

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Further study details as provided by University of Science Malaysia:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Six point drop in NIH-CPSI total Score

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Individual domains of the NIH-CPSI
  • Patient reported Global Response Assessment
  • International Prostate Symptom Score
  • International Index of Erectile Function
  • Brief Pain Inventory- Short Form

Estimated Enrollment: 86
Study Start Date: February 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2005
Detailed Description:
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:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 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

Exclusion Criteria:

  • 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.
  • Liver disease.
  • 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.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00260637

Metro Hospital
Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia, 08000
Hospital Lam Wah Ee
Batu Lanchang, Penang, Malaysia, 11600
Hospital Pantai Mutiara
Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia, 11800
Island Hospital
Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, 10400
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Science Malaysia
University of Washington
Principal Investigator: Men L Liong, MD Consultant Urologist
Principal Investigator: John N Krieger, MD University of Washington
Principal Investigator: Kah H Yuen, PhD University of Science Malaysia
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00260637     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ACUCP
First Submitted: November 29, 2005
First Posted: December 1, 2005
Last Update Posted: October 26, 2006
Last Verified: November 2005

Keywords provided by University of Science Malaysia:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Prostatic Diseases
Genital Diseases, Male