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We would like to share with you our personal view, beliefs and approach about the research that is presented on these pages.






We both value the research of modern science and the many developments that have been discovered.

We also value the depth of wisdom and knowledge of traditional and classical five element acupuncture, which integrates the many aspects of body and mind.

We acknowledge the information gained from research, and we endevaour to use it where appropriate when meeting the needs of an individual who is suffering in health.

We hope later to share more information on the five elements of acupuncture.

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 Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

(2017) Acupuncture for benign prostatic hyperplasia: A systematic review and metaanalysis.


Results. Eight RCTs, which involved 661 men with BPH, were included. Follow-up varied from 4 weeks to 18 months. Pooling of the data from three trials that compared acupuncture with sham-acupuncture revealed that in the short term (4–6 weeks), acupuncture can significantly improve International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) (MD -1.90, 95% CI -3.58 to -0.21). A sensitivity analysis of the shortterm endpoint showed the same result (MD -3.01, 95% CI -5.19 to -0.84) with a borderline minimal clinical important difference (MCID). Qmax of the short-term endpoint indicated statistically positive beneficial effects of acupuncture (MD -1.78, 95%CI -3.43, -0.14). A metaanalysis after medium-term follow-up (12–18 weeks) indicated no significant effect on IPSS when the data from two trials were combined (MD -2.04, 95% CI -4.19, 0.10).

Conclusion. Statistically significant changes were observed in favor of acupuncture in moderate to severe BPH with respect to short-term follow-up endpoints. The clinical significance of these changes needs to be tested by further studies with rigorous designs and longer follow-up times.


Zhang W, Ma L, Bauer BA, Liu Z, Lu Y. (2017) Acupuncture for benign prostatic

hyperplasia: A systematic review and metaanalysis. PLoS ONE 12(4): e0174586. https://doi. org/10.1371/journal.pone.0174586

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