Acupuncture is effective for prostatitis.
Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is one of the most common urological diseases in male. The most common symptoms are chronic and repeated pain or discomfort in the pelvic region. There are also other associated symptoms such as urinary or ejaculatory problems such as the frequent urinary, dysuria, and incomplete emptying, or the ejaculatory pain. Some patients will also have general health symptoms including dizziness, fatigue, memory loss, or depression and anxiety etc.
Acupuncture has widely been used for chronic prostatitis. A recent review studied the effect of acupuncture for chronic prostatitis. In this study, the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for chronic prostatitis was investigated. Twelve trials were included. The results of a meta-analysis showed that acupuncture had great effect for reducing pain of prostatitis. No serious adverse effects were found in the acupuncture treatment.
Another study indicated that acupuncture might play a role in the treatment of CP/CPPS by a few mechanisms. Acupuncture can regulate immunity by decreasing the level of pro-inflammatory factors, increasing the level of anti-inflammatory factors, and regulating the level of inflammatory regulatory factors. Acupuncture also can help repair tissue damage by improving the body's ability of anti-oxidative stress, regulating the balance state of oxidation and anti-oxidation. Acupuncture help to regulate neural functions by modulating neurotransmitters and autonomic nerves. Acupuncture help to regulate the contraction of pelvic floor muscles improve urodynamics and relieve abnormal urination symptoms and can also promote blood circulation to release the pelvic congestion.
Zongshi Qin et al Eur Urol Open Sci. 2022 Dec; 46: 55–67.
Zhi-haoLI et al World Journal of Acupuncture - Moxibustion
Volume 31, Issue 4, October 2021, Pages 309-313
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