Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome – Research
Acupuncture superior to both sham and to usual care and safe, thus it should be offered when available (Chang 2016 – SR of 7 RCTs: 3 high quality studies, 1 moderate and 3 low)(1);
Acupuncture superior to sham in pain, voiding and QoL; acupuncture superior to medication in pain relief but no different in voiding and QoL; acupuncture as an adjunctive treatment for symptom control should be considered (Qin 2016 – SR of 7 RCTs: 3 high quality studies, 1 moderate and 3 low)(2)
1. Chang SC, Hsu CH, Hsu CK, Yang SS, Chang SJ. The efficacy of acupuncture in managing patients with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: A systemic review and meta-analysis. Neurourol Urodyn. 2016 Jan 6.
2. Qin Z, Wu J, Zhou J, Liu Z. Systematic Review of Acupuncture for Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome. Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Mar;95(11):e3095.