Acupuncture is used to treat numerous ailments, including pain. Among its proposed uses is relief from:
Prostate cancer pain
Acupuncture has been studied for relief of the symptoms of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS). Specifically, 89 patients were randomized to receive acupuncture or sham acupuncture by a panel of acupuncturists trained in China. Both patients and researchers were blinded as to who recieved which treatment. There were the results:
Average age for acupuncture patients was 40.9 years; Average age was 42.8 years for sham treated patients.
The CPSI score for the acupuncture group dropped from 25 to 14.5; it dropped from 25 to 19 in the sham treated group.
One should note that patients in this study had been diagnosed at least 3 months before but the range of time from diagnosis to treatment was not made available; were they relatively newly diagnosed? How many treatments had they failed? The answers relate to possible treatment effect, in that patients who have had prostatitis longest and who have failed the most treatments tend to have the hardest time getting relief with any new treatment.