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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 303198, 8 pages
Research Article

Effects of Electroacupuncture on Benign Prostate Hyperplasia Patients with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms: A Single-Blinded, Randomized Controlled Trial

1Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chi Mei Medical Center, Tainan 71004, Taiwan
2Graduate Institute of Integrated Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung 40402, Taiwan
3Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, Chi Mei Medical Center, Tainan 71004, Taiwan
4Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science, China Medical University, 91 Hsueh-Shih Road, Taichung 40402, Taiwan
5Acupuncture Research Center, China Medical University, Taichung 40402, Taiwan
6Department of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung 40402, Taiwan

Received 18 October 2010; Revised 5 January 2011; Accepted 20 January 2011

Copyright © 2011 Jung-Sheng Yu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We tested the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) patients. A total of 42 BPH patients with LUTS were randomly assigned to either the EA group (EG), received 2 Hz EA for 20 min twice/week for a total of twelve treatments, or a sham EA group (CG), received sham EA. The increase of voiding volume, average flow rate, and maximal flow rate in the EG were  mL,  mL/sec, and  mL/sec, respectively, from baseline value (before EA) using the measurement of an uroflowmetry. These increases were greater than , , and , respectively, in the CG ( , .026, and .030, resp.). The changes of prostate special antigen and international prostatic symptom score were not significantly different between two groups ( , .175, resp.), suggesting the clinical improvement of 2 Hz EA was quite limited to the LUTS of patients with BPH.