Last updated on December 2018

Acupuncture for Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Brief description of study

Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) refers to the presence of bothersome pelvic pain symptoms without an identifiable cause. Common symptoms of CP/CPPS include discomfort in the perineum, suprapubic region, and lower urinary tract symptoms. It affects men of all ages without apparent racial predisposition, among which, 36-50 years old are the most commonly influenced. Yet, few effective therapies are available for treating CP/CPPS.

Acupuncture may be an effective treatment option for CP/CPPS. However, effects of acupuncture on CP/CPPS remain uncertain because of the small sample sizes or other methodological limitations.

The objective of this multi-centre, randomized, sham acupuncture-controlled trial is to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for relieving symptoms of CP/CPPS. The results will provide a robust conclusion with a high level of evidence.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03213938

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