Apart from fertility disorders, prostatic diseases are one of the most common problems of contemporary men. Pharmacology does not offer any efficient solutions, this is why patients often turn for help to various alternative and complementary therapies practitioners, including acupuncturists.
Recently the results of two meta-analyses of randomized clinical studies were published, which referred to the efficiency of acupuncture in treatment of chronic prostatitis. In 2008, Wang with co-authors published the meta-analysis ending with the conclusion that the researches carried out to that date allow for acknowledgement of acupuncture effectiveness in chronic prostatitis as “reliable.” (source)1
In 2012, the team consisting of, among others, the notorious opponent of natural therapies, Edzard Ernst, presented its own meta-analysis. The authors did not conceal the fact that their work was supposed to be the counter-balance for the findings of their predecessors. While making their own choices concerning the inclusion and exclusion of trials, the authors failed to dispute the efficiency of acupuncture. Even they conclude that the published findings are “promising”. It is worth stressing that their most value research clearly indicates that acupuncture is the efficient method of treatment of prostatitis (source)2.
In 2013 the findings of randomized controlled clinical trial were published (source)3, in which the authors proved that the stimulation of merely one acupoint (BL-33) resulted in distinctive improvement of life quality in patients suffering from advanced non-neoplastic prostatic hyperplasia.
1 Wang Y, Liu B, Yu J, Wu J, Wang J, et al. (2013) “Electroacupuncture for Moderate and Severe Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: A Randomized Controlled Tria”l. PLoS ONE 8(4): e59449. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0059449
2 Zhao H, Tian ZZ, Chen BY. “Electroacupuncture stimulates hypothalamic aromatization”. Brain Res 2005; 1037:164-70;
3 Wang CY, Han RF. “Acupuncture for chronic prostatitis: a meta-analysis.” National Journal of Andrology 2008; 14(9): 853-856.