A pilot study has found that acupuncture can improve the symptoms and quality of life for men with chronic prostatitis/ chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Ninety-seven men were given six, weekly treatments of acupuncture for prostatitis, and results showed there to be a statistically significant improvement in all symptom scores (pain, urinary function, quality of life, and overall scores). In all, 92% of the men were classified as having responded to treatment, as defined by a greater than 50% decrease in symptom scores.
(Effectiveness of Acupuncture in Patients with Category IIIB Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome: A Report of 97 Patients. Pain Medicine, 31 March 2010.)