Acupuncture Treatment for Prostatitis
Men who suffer with prostatitis and who are looking for an alternative or complementary treatment may find relief with needles. Numerous studies demonstrate that men who choose acupuncture for prostatitis frequently enjoy relief from their symptoms, and without worrisome side effects associated with medications.
More specifically, if you are living with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS), acupuncture may be the poke you need (so to speak) to get you feeling better again soon. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine technique that is becoming more and more widely accepted by conventional western medicine practitioners as an alternative/complementary technique that can be used along with mainstream approaches to treating prostatitis.
What Happens During Acupuncture Treatment for Prostatitis?
Acupuncture is based on the idea that the body has a number of channels, or meridians, located throughout the body. Your life energy, or chi, flows through these meridians.
When acupuncture professionals insert super-thin needles into specific points (acupoints) along these channels, they help free up any blockages in your chi and thus facilitate healing. For treatment of prostatitis, these acupoints are typically in the lower back, sacrum, legs, and lower abdomen. The needles may be used with or without a miniscule electrical charge, in which case the treatment is known as electroacupuncture.
How many needles will your acupuncture professional use? That depends on you and your symptoms, as each acupuncture treatment is individualized. You may have as few as one or two or as many as 8 or 10. The number of sessions necessary to experience long-lasting relief also varies, but typically men have one to two treatments per week for five weeks or more.
Should you consider acupuncture for prostatitis? Here’s what experts know about the use of acupuncture for prostatitis.
Acupuncture For Prostatitis
What could acupuncture do for you? After 10 weeks of acupuncture treatment twice a week, nearly 75 percent of men in one study experienced symptom relief when compared with only 47 percent of men who had sham acupuncture. As a bonus, those who had acupuncture were 2.4-fold more likely to enjoy long-term benefits from the treatment than were those in the sham group.
According to a meta-analysis and review that looked at research over more than six decades, acupuncture for prostatitis provided statistically significant benefits when it came to voiding problems. Another plus was that the efficacy of the acupuncture treatments got better over time. On a downside, too few acupuncture trials were reviewed to definitively determine their effectiveness in treating CP/CPPS.
The authors of a more recent review, appearing in the Journal of Andrology, also had some promising words to say about acupuncture for prostatitis. These experts reviewed nine trials involving 809 men. Overall, they felt that “the evidence that acupuncture treats CP/CPPS is encouraging,” but that “the quantity and quality of the existing evidence prevent firm conclusions.”
If you are not satisfied with your current treatment plan or if you are looking for an alternative or complementary therapy, you might talk to your doctor about acupuncture for prostatitis. Look for an acupuncture professional who is familiar with prostatitis. Acupuncture can be used safely along with other treatment methods, but be sure to let your doctor know what you are doing!