We regularly see patients with prostate pain as well as epididimytitis. Initially acupuncture is usually the prefered treatment although for very chronic cases herbs are used also.
Twelve men underwent a minimum of 6 weeks of acupuncture treatment. The average follow-up was 33 weeks. A significant decrease occurred in total NIH-CPSI (28.2 to 8.5), NIH-CPSI pain (14.1 to 4.8), NIH-CPSI urinary (5.2 to 1.3), and NIH-CPSI quality-of-life (8.8 to 2.3) scores after an average of 33 weeks of follow-up. Ten patients (83%) had a sustained greater than 50% decrease in NIH-CPSI at final visit (average 33 weeks). Ten patients (83%) reported marked improvement on the subjective global assessment at 12 weeks. At an average of 33 weeks, 8 patients (67%) had sustained marked improvement on subjective global assessment evaluation. No adverse events were reported in this pilot study.
Acupuncture appears to be a safe, effective, and durable treatment in improving symptoms in, and the quality of life of, men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome refractory to treatment. A larger controlled study is required to confirm these encouraging initial results.
Urology, Volume 61, Issue 6, Pages 1156-1159
This was the result of a recent study from Korea using electroacupuncture on 39 men.
Urology. 2009 May;73(5):1036‑41).
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