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Acupuncture for chronic prostatitis: a meta-analysis

Review published: 2008.

Bibliographic details: Wang CY, Han RF.  Acupuncture for chronic prostatitis: a meta-analysis. National Journal of Andrology 2008; 14(9): 853-856. [PubMed: 18998473]


OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of acupuncture on chronic prostatitis.

METHODS: We retrieved all the case-control studies on acupuncture for chronic prostatitis before August 2007 in MEDLINE and CNKI databases, screened the eligible literature according to the selection and exclusion criteria, and performed meta-analyses of the included studies with the software Revman 4. 2.

RESULTS: Thirteen eligible reports were identified in this study, including 861 cases and 738 controls. The effectiveness and cure rates were significantly higher in the acupuncture therapy group than in the control, with pooled RR as 1.20 (95% CI, 1.14, 1.25; P < 0.01) and 1.85 (95% CI, 1.63, 2.11; P < 0.01), respectively.

CONCLUSION: Acupuncture therapy exhibited a definite effect in the treatment of chronic prostatitis.

CRD has determined that this article meets the DARE scientific quality criteria for a systematic review.

Copyright © 2014 University of York.

PMID: 18998473

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