Difficult urination or dysuria, overactive bladder, hematuria or blood in urine and male impotency are typical symptoms of men suffering from chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Physicians in the Far East have treated these symptoms with acupuncture for over 2000 years. In the US, 35% of males over age 50 have chronic prostatitis and so few are aware that acupuncture can treat this problem. Most Americans usually associate acupuncture for back pain and knee treatment. In China, most people utilize acupuncture for remedy of male disorders such as chronic prostatitis, pelvic pain syndrome and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Chronic prostatitis happens when the body is out of balance. Diagnosis of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for acupuncture treatment for chronic prostatitis entails analyzing the presence of symptoms such as pain, color of urine, frequency or scarcity of urine and reduced or increased urine flow. Usually, prostatitis is caused by a lack of chi and blood in the reproductive system, or existence of “pathogens,” such as humidity or heat.
The kind acupuncture Davis treatment given is on a case-to-case basis depending on the symptoms presented by the patient. The treatment’s aim is to balance the disharmony, open channels that are obstructed and provide pain relief. For some patients, acupuncture can also stop the blood in the urine. Acupuncture points for chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome are usually in located in the lower abdomen, waist, back and/or legs. Electro-acupuncture and moxibustion may be utilized to enhance the treatment. Usually, five to ten acupuncture treatments once or twice a week are needed to fully treat these disorders.
With regards to evidence of its efficacy, some studies have shown positive results on the effects of acupuncture in prostatitis. An initial study experimented with acupuncture coupled with electrical stimulation in treating people with chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Treatments were done twice a week for 6 weeks. Subjects experienced a qualitative improvement in life, a reduction of urinary difficulties, and increased urinary function after 6 weeks. One study, this time dealing with acupuncture for chronic pelvic pain syndrome showed that treatment once a week for 4 weeks and then once a month showed a substantial diminishment of pain and a vastly improved quality of life for the subjects. These studies reinforced the application of acupuncture to be a safe ands effective treatment for chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome symptoms.
Acupuncture has proven to be a very beneficial complementary treatment for chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome especially when done in concert with drug medication therapy. Acupuncture helps detoxify the body of harmful toxins inherent in these drugs and neutralize the harmful side effects associated with these drugs by boosting the immune functions of the body.