Although news from a major clinical trial was disappointing, the 2008 American Urological Association meeting also brought good news of helpful treatment for men with CP/CPPS from an unexpected quarter-physical and alternative therapies. Some of those were supported with well-designed, controlled, and even sham-controlled studies, a scientific gold standard that few thought could be applied to these therapies.
The disappointing news was from the clinical trial of the alpha blocker alfuzosin from the NIDDK-sponsored Chronic Prostatitis Collaborative Research Network (CPCRN). Good Science Supports Acupuncture for CP/CPPS Pain.
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Here are the references and resources to review if you are a patient who is considering acupuncture treatment for prostate conditions:
Acupuncture versus sham acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain. The American journal of medicine 2008 Jan
Electroacupuncture relieves pain in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: three-arm randomized trial. Lee SH, Lee BC. Urology. 2009 May;73(5):1036-41. PMID: 19394499 [PubMed – in process]
Acupuncture versus sham acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain. Lee SW, Liong ML, Yuen KH, Leong WS, Chee C, Cheah PY, Choong WP, Wu Y, Khan N, Choong WL, Yap HW, Krieger JN. Am J Med. 2008 Jan;121(1):79.e1-7. PMID: 18187077 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome and acupuncture–a case report. Rosted P. Acupunct Med. 2007 Dec;25(4):198-9. PMID: 18160930 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
A pilot study on acupuncture for lower urinary tract symptoms related to chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain. Capodice JL, Jin Z, Bemis DL, Samadi D, Stone BA, Kapan S, Katz AE. Chin Med. 2007 Feb 6;2:1. PMID: 17284322 [PubMed]
Complementary and alternative medicine for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Capodice JL, Bemis DL, Buttyan R, Kaplan SA, Katz AE. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2005 Dec;2(4):495-501. Epub 2005 Oct 10. PMID: 16322807 [PubMed]
Effects of acupuncture for chronic pelvic pain syndrome with intrapelvic venous congestion: preliminary results. Honjo H, Kamoi K, Naya Y, Ukimura O, Kojima M, Kitakoji H, Miki T. Int J Urol. 2004 Aug;11(8):607-12. PMID: 15285750 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Chen RC, Nickel JC. Curr Urol Rep. 2004 Aug;5(4):305-8. PMID: 15260934 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Acupuncture ameliorates symptoms in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Antolak SJ Jr. Urology. 2004 Jan;63(1):212. No abstract available. PMID: 14751398 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Acupuncture ameliorates symptoms in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Chen R, Nickel JC. Urology. 2003 Jun;61(6):1156-9; discussion 1159. PMID: 12809886 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Clinical studies on chronic prostatitis and prostatitis-like syndrome (7). Electric acupuncture therapy for intractable cases of chronic prostatitis-like syndrome. Ikeuchi T, Iguchi H. Hinyokika Kiyo. 1994 Jul;40(7):587-91. Japanese. PMID: 8085519 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]