Acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: a randomized, sham acupuncture-controlled trial
To investigate the effectiveness of acupuncture for patients with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS).
This study aims to evaluate the efficacy and safety of thread-embedding acupuncture (TEA) with polydioxanone thread embedded at various acupoints, compared with sham TEA, for the treatment of non-specific chro...
Condition: Chronic Pain Interventions: Other: Verum VGAIT (Video-Guided Acupuncture Imagery Treatment); Other: Sham VGAIT (Video-Guided Acupuncture Imagery Treatment) Sponsor: Massachusetts General Hospital Not yet recruiting
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Ahead of Print.
This article provides a historical understanding of acupuncture, outlining some of the differences between styles of practice that may be relevant when selecting an acupuncturist. It also examines the issues that should be considered when assessing the evidence base for acupuncture. PMID: 30460795 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Background: Pain is one of the major comorbidities of sickle cell disease (SCD), which largely remains reliant on opioid use for analgesia. Side effects of opioids including, but not limited to fear of addiction, constipation, pruritus and opioid-induced hyperalgesia warrant the need for analgesic therapies devoid of side effects. Non-pharmacological strategies including acupuncture have been effective in pain treatment. A retrospective analysis (n=24 patients) showed that acupuncture reduced pain in a majority (75%) of SCD patients (Lu K et al., Clin J Pain. 2014). In a mouse model of SCD, electroacupuncture (EA) on consc...
Authors: Leite PMS, Mendonça ARC, Maciel LYS, Poderoso-Neto ML, Araujo CCA, Góis HCJ, Souza JHS, DeSantana JM Abstract Chronic nonspecific low back pain is common and one of the most disabling conditions in the world. There is moderate evidence that chronic low back pain patients present altered functional connectivity in areas related to pain processing. Quantitative sensory testing is a way of clinical measure of these alterations. Although there is not enough evidence, there are some reports that electroacupuncture is supposedly more effective in relieving pain than acupuncture because the addition...
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Discussion: The results of this trial are expected to provide important clinical information on the efficacy and safety of electromagnetic acupuncture for patients with chronic low back pain.
This article describes some of the nonpharmacological treatment options and their evidence (e.g. physical therapy, massage, manual therapy, electrotherapy, acupuncture and music therapy). The evidence for an empirically detected effectiveness of all these forms of therapy is not very high and often inconsistent. Nevertheless, this does not mean that these forms of treatment should not be used but that they should be selected on an individual basis to improve the well-being of patients by being adjusted to their needs. PMID: 30374702 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Conclusions: This review suggests the potential of AT combined with CT compared to CT alone for treating female CPP. However, there is insufficient evidence to conclude that AT can be recommended as a complementary and alternative (CAM) treatment for women with CPP. To draw a firm conclusion, future studies should require not only lager, more rigorously designed RCTs but also research on different AT types. Protocol Registration Number: This study is registered with PROSPERO 2018 (CRD42018088627). PMID: 30363734 [PubMed]