(Natural News) A study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine has found that deep needling at acupoints BL30 (Baihuan Shu) and BL36 (Huiyang) using long-needle acupuncture is more effective in treating chronic pelvic pain syndrome than traditional acupuncture.
- Researchers at The Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China assessed the therapeutic effects of long-needle acupuncture on chronic pelvic pain syndrome or chronic prostatitis.
- In the study, 77 participants with chronic pelvic pain syndrome were recruited and were randomly divided into two groups: the long-needle acupuncture group and the traditional acupuncture group.
- The participants received six sessions of acupuncture for a period of two weeks. A follow-up was scheduled for the 24th week.
- Researchers measured the primary outcome through the total National Institutes of Health-Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI) score at week 2.
- Moreover, the four domains of NIH-CPSI – urination, pain or discomfort, effects of symptoms, and quality of life – and the clinical efficacy score served as bases for the secondary outcome.
- Results showed that the overall NIH-CPSI score at week 2 and week 24 significantly improved in the long-needle acupuncture group in comparison to the traditional acupuncture group.
- In addition, long-needle acupuncture dramatically improved urination, pain or discomfort, the effects of symptoms, and the quality of life at week 2 and week 24 in chronic pelvic pain syndrome patients.
- Moreover, participants who received long-needle acupuncture exhibited a higher clinical efficacy score.
In conclusion, long-needle acupuncture improves chronic pelvic pain syndrome better than traditional acupuncture.
For the full text of the study, go to this link.
Zhou M, Yang M, Chen L, Yu C, Zhang W, Ji J, Chen C, Shen X, Ying J. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF LONG-NEEDLE ACUPUNCTURE AT ACUPOINTS BL30 AND BL35 FOR CP/CPPS: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED PILOT STUDY. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2017; 17(263). DOI: 10.1186/s12906-017-1768-2