The objective of this systematic review was to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment option for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
Eight databases were searched from their inception to October 2010. Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) were considered, if they tested acupuncture against any control intervention or no therapy in human with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. The selection of studies, data extraction, and validation were performed independently by two reviewers. The methodological quality of all included RCTs was assessed using Jadad scale. Studies of stimulation of acupoints other than by needles were excluded.
Nine RCTs met the inclusion criteria. They all suggested that acupuncture is effective as compared to a range of control interventions. Their methodological quality was variable, most were associated with major flaws. Only one RCT had a Jadad score of more than 3.
The evidence that acupuncture is effective for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome is encouraging, but due to several caveats, not conclusive. Therefore, more rigorous studies seem warranted.
Posadzki P, Zhang J, Lee MS, Ernst E. Are you the author?
Reference: J Androl. 2011 Mar 24. Epub ahead of print.