Efficacy of acupuncture combined with traditional Chinese medicine on chronic prostatitis: A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis.

Chronic prostatitis is a common andrological disease, which brings many troubles to the lives of middle-aged and elderly male patients. With the increase of modern life pressure, the incidence of chronic prostatitis tends to younger, but its etiology and pathogenesis are not fully elucidated. Which seriously affects men's health? Relevant studies have shown that acupuncture combined with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a good effect on the treatment of chronic prostatitis compared with conventional western medicine; however, there is no consistent conclusion at present. The main purpose of this study is to explore whether acupuncture combined with TCM is effective in treating chronic prostatitis.

The collection of randomized controlled trials related to acupuncture and TCM for chronic prostatitis will search the following electronic databases, including: PubMed, Web of Science, the Cochrane Database, EMBASE, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang Data Knowledge Service Platform, Weipu. There are 8 electronic databases including the VIP Chinese Science and Technology Periodical Database and the China Biomedical Literature Database. The cure rate and total effective rate are the main indicators, and the recurrence rate and adverse events are the secondary indicators. Meta-analysis using RevMan5.4 provided by Cochrane Collaboration.

This study will provide the latest evidence of efficacy for the acupuncture combined with TCM in the treatment of chronic prostatitis.

The effectiveness of acupuncture combined with TCM for chronic prostatitis will be evaluated.


Medicine. 2021 Nov 19 [Epub]

Xianglong Zheng, Zhangren Yan, Wanchun Wang, Wenli Mao, Yuhan Wang, Yanling Zhao, Zhiying Zhong

Jiangxi University of Chinese Medicine, Nanchang, China., The Affiliated Hospital of Jiangxi University of Chinese Medicine, Nanchang, China.

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