Pain is a common symptom of Prostatitis, though its severity can vary between patients. Now, a new study has revealed that acupuncture could help to minimise the pain for those suffering from the condition.
November is the month of national awareness of men’s health, hence we call it “Movember”. Prostatitis can affect men at any age. Although it is a non-cancerous condition and does not mean that you have Prostate Cancer, it can be very painful. Here, you’ll discover what the new study found, what Prostatitis is, and how it is treated.
Understanding the new study
The new clinical trial carried out in China, revealed that acupuncture can ease the symptoms of Prostatitis after 20 sessions. The sessions were carried out over a period of eight weeks and a total of 60% of participants experienced pain relief.
The trial included a total of 440 men diagnosed with chronic Prostatitis, aged between 18 to 50. They were split into two groups, with one receiving acupuncture, and the other receiving a placebo treatment. The placebo treatment involved placing needles superficially into the skin, away from any real acupuncture points.
While 60% of patients in the acupuncture group reported a reduction in symptoms, just 37% of the placebo group reported an improvement. Impressively, the benefits of acupuncture also appeared to last more than six months.
The results of the study show how effective acupuncture can be at reducing pain when it is done correctly. This is exciting news for patients as it would give them more options to control the pain and discomfort commonly felt with the condition.
What is Prostatitis?
Prostatitis is caused by inflammation of the prostate. This is the gland responsible for creating fluid contained in semen. Inflammation can occur when there is nerve damage within the lower urinary tract, or due to a bacterial infection. In some cases, there may not be a clear cause.
The condition can lead to unpleasant symptoms such as:
- Pain in the lower back or abdomen
- Genital pain
- Blood in the urine
- Painful ejaculation
- Pain situated between the rectum and scrotum
These are just some of the symptoms to watch out for. While the condition can be painful, the good news is there are ways to treat it.
Treating the condition
The treatment for Prostatitis will depend upon whether it is acute or chronic. With acute Prostatitis, painkillers are usually prescribed, alongside antibiotics. You may need to undergo a two- or four-week antibiotic course.
For chronic Prostatitis, medicines, laxatives, and pain killers may be used to control symptoms as and when they occur. Alongside medication and injection treatments, Dr Ivanova-Stoilova can help guide you on complementary therapies including acupuncture, as a different way to reduce your symptoms. Dr Ivanova-Stoilova can provide acupuncture treatment for you as well.
The treatment for Prostatitis will vary between patients. How severe the symptoms are and how frequently you experience them will play a role in which treatment you require.
If you are struggling with Prostatitis, book a consultation with the pain expert Dr Ivanova-Stoilova to discover the best course of treatment for you.