Moxibustion is effective for chronic prostatitis

Background: Chronic prostatitis is a common condition that affects many individuals. Previous clinical trials have explored the use of moxibustion as a potential treatment for chronic prostatitis. However, the evidence on the effectiveness of moxibustion for chronic prostatitis remains limited. Therefore, this study aimed to comprehensively assess the effects of moxibustion for chronic prostatitis.

Methods: In order to gather relevant and up-to-date information, we conducted a systematic literature search of databases including Cochrane Library, PUBMED, EMBASE, CNKI, and Wangfang from inception until June 30, 2023. Only randomized clinical trials (RCTs) that investigated the use of moxibustion for chronic prostatitis were included in this study. The primary outcomes of interest were the National Institutes of Health-Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI) scores and the overall response rate. To evaluate the quality of the included studies, we used the Cochrane risk-of-bias tool.

Results: After analyzing the data from 8 RCTs involving a total of 664 patients, we found significant differences in NIH-CPSI scores between moxibustion and other treatment modalities. Specifically, when compared with herbal medicine, moxibustion was associated with a mean difference (MD) of -1.78 in NIH-CPSI scores (95% confidence interval [CI] [-2.78, -0.78], P < .001), and when compared with western medicine, moxibustion was associated with a MD of -5.24 in NIH-CPSI scores (95% CI [-7.80, -2.67], P < .08). In terms of the overall response rate, moxibustion was found to be superior to herbal medicine, with a MD of 2.36 (95% [19, 4.67], P = .01). Additionally, when moxibustion was combined with herbal medicine, it yielded a higher overall response rate with a MD of 4.07 (95% CI [1.54, 10.74], P = .005) compared to herbal medicine alone. Moxibustion also outperformed western medicine in terms of the overall response rate, with a MD of 4.56 (95% CI [2.24, 9.26], P < .001).

Conclusion: Based on the findings of this study, moxibustion appears to be a potentially efficacious treatment for chronic prostatitis. The results suggest that moxibustion can improve NIH-CPSI scores and overall response rate in patients with chronic prostatitis. However, further high-quality studies are needed to validate these results and establish the long-term effects of moxibustion as a treatment for chronic prostatitis.


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Doctor of Chinese medicine, acupuncture expert and author of My Fertility Guide and My Pregnancy Guide.

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