Acupuncture for Treatment of Chronic Prostatitis: Does It Work?
Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a board-certified urologist in NYC who specializes in treating men and women with frequent urinary tract infections (UTI).
Chronic prostatitis is one of the more challenging problems to treat. Various approaches are used and some are more successful than others for individual men. There is no one approach that works for all men with chronic prostatitis, most likely reflecting that a variety of etiologies are causing symptoms of chronic prostatitis.
Studies suggest that neuromodulation is an effective option for treatment of chronic pain. Acupuncture is a traditional approach, practiced for thousands of years, that is thought to modulate the nervous system. Recent studies suggest that acupuncture is an effective option for treating men with chronic prostatitis.
A randomized controlled trial of acupuncture compared to “sham acupuncture” revealed significant improvement in response rate in the acupuncture group: 73% of acupuncture group compared to 48% of control group experienced benefit after 10 weeks. In this study, the following acupuncture points were used: CV-1, CV-4, SP-6 and SP-9
Bottom line: Acupuncture is a low risk and potentially beneficial treatment option for men with chronic prostatitis.
Treatment Plan: Acupuncture
Twice weekly sessions for 10 weeks (20 sessions total).
Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a board-certified urologist in NYC who specializes in treating men with chronic prostatitis and pelvic pain.