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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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Chronic Prostatitis (CP) - Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS)

(2017) Assessment of methodological quality of systematic reviews of acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain symptom: an overview of systematic review.


'We also summarized the evidence on acupuncture for CP/CPPS. Regarding the outcomes of included SRs, no significant conflicting has been observed in terms of the treatment of reliving CP/CPPS. Acupuncture could be considered as an optional treatment for reliving the symptoms for patients with CP/CPPS, especially for patient who resists to medicine such as antibiotics and α-blockers.'

Zongshi Qin, Xiao Li et al., (2017) Assessment of methodological quality of systematic reviews of acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain symptom: an overview of systematic review. AME Medical Journal; September 2017


(2017) Utility of trigger point injection as an adjunct to physical therapy in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome

'Conclusions: Trigger Point injection in CP/CPPS patients as an adjunct to Physical Therapy is well tolerated and leads to symptom improvement in about half of patients. Durability and long term results are yet to be determined.' We do not do trigger point injection, however we do treat trigger points for this condition.

Tadros NN, Shah AB, & Shoskes DA. (2017) Utility of trigger point injection as an adjunct to physical therapy in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Translational Andrology and Urology. doi: 10.21037/tau.2017.05.36


(2017) The Acupuncture treatment of Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) (Three case reports)

‘Conclusion. CP/CPPS is a common complex disorder that significantly affects patients quality of life and for which conventional medical therapies oftern provide little help. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for CP/CPPS with a long clinical history of treating painful urinary symptoms, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction.’

 

(See 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 below)


Acupuncture points used in the three cases.

Case 1; Ki3 Taixi, CV3 Zhongji, CV4 Guanyuan, Ki12 Dahe, Lu5 Chize, Sp9 Yinlingquan, TH5 Waiguan, TH6 Zhigou, GV20 Baihui.

Bl23 Shenshu, Bl32 Ciliao, Bl33 Zhongliao, Gb30 Huantiao, Kd7 Fuliu, Sp8 Diji

Case 2; Bl23 Shenshu, Bl32 Ciliao, Bl51 Huangmen, Bl33 Zhongliao, Bl54 Zhibian, Gb30 Huantiao, Bl35Huiyang, Bl36 Chengfu, Kd3 Taixi, Sp8 Diji, Gb34 Yanglingquan, Bl40 Weizhong

Case 3; Bl23 Shenshu, Bl32 Ciliao, Bl33 Zhongliao, Gb30 Huantiao, Kd3 Taixi, Geshu Bl17, Sp8 Diji, GV20 Baihui. Kd10 Yingu

Alban J. (2017) The Acupuncture treatment of Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS). Journal of Chinese Medicine, No. 114, June 2017


(2017) The effectiveness of long-needle acupuncture at acupoints BL30 and BL35 for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS): a randomized controlled pilot study.

'Background. The chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is one of the commonest chronic inflammatory diseases in adult men, for which acupuncture has been used to relieve related symptoms. The present study aimed to evaluate the therapeutic effect of the long-needle acupuncture on CP/CPPS.

Methods. A randomized traditional acupuncture-controlled single blind study was conducted on 77 patients who were randomized into long-needle acupuncture (LA) and traditional acupuncture (TA) groups. The patients received six sessions of acupuncture for 2 weeks and a follow-up was scheduled at week 24. The primary outcome was measured by the total National Institutes of Health-Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI) score at week 2. Four domains of the NIH-CPSI (urination, pain or discomfort, effects of symptoms, and quality of life) and the clinical efficacy score served as the secondary outcome.

Results. The total NIH-CPSI score at week 2 and week 24 was significantly improved in the LA group compared with the TA group. LA significantly improved urination, pain or discomfort, the effects of symptoms, and the quality of life at week 2 and week 24 and patients undergoing LA treatment had a higher clinical efficacy score.

Conclusion. Needling at the BL30 (White Ring Correspondence) and BL35 (Meeting of Yang) using LA benefits patients with CP/CPPS.'


However in the Five Element Acupuncture that we practice the points BL30 and BL35 are needled very superficially, we do not practice deep needling at these points because of an increased risk of tissue damage.


Zhou M. et al. (2017) The effectiveness of long-needle acupuncture at acupoints BL30 and BL35 for CP/CPPS: a randomized controlled pilot study. BMC Complementary and Alternative MedicineBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201717:263

DOI: 10.1186/s12906-017-1768-2


(2016) Network Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Acupuncture, Alphablockers and Antibiotics on Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome.

Abstract. Overall, rank tests and safety analyses indicate that electro-acupuncture/acupuncture may be recommended for the treatment of Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS).

'Discussion. The purpose of this systematic review and network meta-analysis was to identify the efficacy and safety of acupuncture and routine oral medications (alpha-blockers and antibiotics) for ameliorating the symptoms of CP/CPPS. Because dual therapy is commonly used in clinical practice, combinations of alpha blockers, antibiotics and NSAIDs were also included in the comparisons. The assessment of the risk of bias (ROB) indicated that most included studies were characterized by a low ROB. Our primary analysis showed the following: although the direct and indirect comparison showed that all strategies except for sham acupuncture were associated with a significantly higher improvement in the total National Institutes of Health Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI) score than placebo, the results of indirect comparison of active strategies did not show significant differences between each active interventions. Ranking graphs of the primary outcome showed that electro-acupuncture was the most efficacious in improving the total NIH-CPSI score improvement, followed by acupuncture, dual therapy, antibiotics, sham acupuncture and alpha-blockers. Thus, both manual acupuncture and sham acupuncture are associated with improvement in outcomes, although an indirect comparison of these treatments did not show significant differences.'

'The incidence of adverse events of acupuncture was relatively rare (5.4%) compared with placebo (17.1%), alpha-blockers (24.9%), antibiotics (31%) and dual therapy (48.6%).'

Zongshi Qin, Jiani Wu, Jinhui Tian, Jing Zhou, Yali Liu & Zhishun Liu (2016) Network Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Acupuncture, Alphablockers and Antibiotics on Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome. Scientific Reports | 6:35737 | DOI: 10.1038/srep35737


(2011) Use of Acupuncture as a Treatment Method for Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes.

‘This article could encourage health care providers and urologists to apply acupuncture for managing pains of CP/CPPS with standard treatment.’

Lee, SH. & Lee, BC. (2011) Use of Acupuncture as a Treatment Method for Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes. Curr Urol Rep (2011) 12: 288. doi:10.1007/s11934-011-0186-0


(2009) Electroacupuncture Relieves Pain in Men With Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome: Three-arm Randomized Trial

Conclusions. In a 3-arm randomized trial investigating the clinical effects of electroacupuncture on CP/CPPS, EA therapy proved to have independent therapeutic effects, particularly for pain relief superior to sham electroacupuncture or advice and exercise therapy.’

Lee SH & Lee BC.(2009) Electroacupuncture Relieves Pain in Men With Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome: Three-arm Randomized Trial. Urology. May 2009 Volume 73, Issue 5, Pages 1036–1041


(2008) Acupuncture versus sham acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain.

‘CONCLUSIONS: After 10 weeks of treatment, acupuncture proved almost twice as likely as sham treatment to improve CP/CPPS symptoms. Participants receiving acupuncture were 2.4-fold more likely to experience long-term benefit than were participants receiving sham acupuncture.’

Acupuncture points used. CV1-GuanYuan, CV4-Huiyin, SP6-Sanyinjiao, SP9-Yinlingquan

Lee SW, Liong ML, Yuen KH et al. (2008) Acupuncture versus sham acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain. Am J Med. 2008 Jan;121(1):79.e1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2007.07.033.


(2007) A pilot study on acupuncture for lower urinary tract symptoms related to chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain.

‘CONCLUSION: The preliminary findings, although limited, suggest the potential therapeutic role of acupuncture in the treatment of CP/CPPS. Data from this and previous studies warrant randomized trials of acupuncture for CP/CPPS and particular attention towards acupuncture point selection, treatment intervention, and durability of acupuncture.’

The body acupuncture points used at each visit included SJ 5-wai guan (TH 5), GB 41-zulin qi, LR 3-tai chong, LI 4-he gu, SP 8-di ji and SP 6-san yin jiao.

Capodice JL, Jin Z, et al. (2007) A pilot study on acupuncture for lower urinary tract symptoms related to chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain. Chinese Medicine 20072:1

DOI: 10.1186/1749-8546-2-1


(2004) Acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/ chronic pelvic pain syndrome

‘Abstract. Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/ CPPS) is prevalent in urological practice and has a significant impact on quality of life. Standard therapies often fail to achieve sustainable amelioration of symptoms. This article attempts to show that neuromodulatory treatment in the form of electroacupuncture can be a minimally invasive and effective treatment for CP/CPPS that is refractory to standard therapies. This neuromodulatory therapy lends support to the hypothesis that the end stage of CP/CPPS may be a neuropathic pain syndrome.

Chen, R.C.T. & Nickel, J.C. (2004) Acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/ chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Current Urology Reports July 2004, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 305–308


(2003) Acupuncture ameliorates symptoms in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

RESULTS: Twelve men underwent a minimum of 6 weeks of acupuncture treatment. Ten patients (83%) reported marked improvement on the subjective global assessment at 12 weeks. At an average of 33 weeks, 8 patients (67%) had sustained marked improvement on subjective global assessment evaluation. No adverse events were reported in this pilot study.

CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture appears to be a safe, effective, and durable treatment in improving symptoms in, and the quality of life of, men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome refractory to treatment. A larger controlled study is required to confirm these encouraging initial results.

Chen R, Nickel JC.(2003) Acupuncture ameliorates symptoms in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Urology. 2003 Jun;61(6):1156-9; discussion 1159.

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