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Author (up) Lee, S. W.; Liong, M. L.; Yuen, K. H.; Leong, W. S.; Chee, C.; Cheah, P. Y.; Choong, W. P.; Wu, Y.; Khan, N.; Choong, W. L.; Yap, H. W.; Krieger, J. N. url  openurl
  Title Acupuncture versus sham acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain Type of Study RCT
  Year 2008 Publication Abbreviated Journal Am J Med  
  Volume 121 Issue 1 Pages 79-86  
  Keywords Acu Versus Sham; Acupuncture; Genital Diseases, Male; Pelvic Pain; Prostatitis; RCT; TCM Acupuncture Style; Penetrating Sham; Superficial Needling Depth; Sham Acupoint Control; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Sham Control; AcuTrials  
  Abstract BACKGROUND: Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) afflicts 2%-10% of adult men. Available therapies offer little or no proven benefit. Because acupuncture represents an attractive “natural” therapy, we compared the efficacy of acupuncture to sham acupuncture for CP/CPPS. METHODS: Participants met US National Institutes of Health (NIH) consensus criteria for CP/CPPS, were aged > or = 20 years old, and had a total score > or = 15 on the NIH Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI) and symptoms for at least 3 of the preceding 6 months. They were randomized 1:1 to acupuncture or sham acupuncture. Treatment consisted of twice-weekly 30-minute sessions for 10 weeks (20 sessions total) without needle stimulation, herbs, or adjuvants. The primary response criterion was a 6-point decrease from baseline to week 10 in NIH-CPSI total score (range 0-43). RESULTS: Thirty-two (73%) of 44 participants responded in the acupuncture group compared with 21 (47%) of 45 sham group participants (relative risk 1.81, 95% confidence interval, 1.3-3.1, P = .02). Long-term responses 24 weeks after completing therapy without additional treatment occurred in 14 (32%) of 44 acupuncture group participants and in 6 (13%) of 45 sham group participants (relative risk 2.39, 95% confidence interval, 1.0-5.6, P = .04). CONCLUSIONS: After 10 weeks of treatment, acupuncture proved almost twice as likely as sham treatment to improve CP/CPPS symptoms. Participants receiving acupuncture were 2.4-fold more likely to experience long-term benefit than were participants receiving sham acupuncture  
  Address School of Pharmaceutical Science, University of Science, Malaysia  
  Language Number of Treatments 20  
  Treatment Follow-up 24 Weeks Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 89  
  Time in Treatment 10 Weeks Condition Prostatitis
  Disease Category Genital Diseases, Male OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 662  
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