A prospective, randomized pilot trial of acupuncture of the kidney-bladder distinct meridian for lower urinary tract symptoms

Peter A S Johnstone, Tammy L. Bloom, Richard C. Niemtzow, Donald Crain, Robert H. Riffenburgh, Christopher Amling

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Abstract

Purpose: We performed a pilot trial to assess the response of lower urinary tract symptoms and prostate specific antigen (PSA) to acupuncture in a population of patients biopsy negative for prostate cancer. Materials and Methods: A total of 30 patients were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 study groups, including observation for 3 months with 6 blood samples for PSA at set intervals, 9 sessions of acupuncture in 3 months to points of the kidney-bladder distinct meridian expected to treat the prostate with 6 blood samples for PSA at set intervals and 9 sessions of acupuncture in 3 months to points not expected to treat the prostate with 6 blood samples for PSA at set intervals. The effect of acupuncture on lower urinary tract symptoms was assessed monthly using the International Prostate Symptom Score. Results: Trend analysis (repeated measures ANOVA) revealed no significant changes in the 3-month period in the randomized arms. Statistical analysis showed p = 0.063 for the International Prostate Symptom Score, p = 0.945 for PSA and p = 0.37 for the free-to-total PSA ratio. Conclusions: Acupuncture to the kidney-bladder distinct meridian neither relieves lower urinary tract symptoms nor impacts PSA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1037-1039
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Urology
Volume169
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Acupuncture
  • Bladder
  • Kidney
  • Prostate-specific antigen
  • Urination disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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