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Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS)

What is Prostatitis/Chronic pelvic pain syndrome

Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is common afflicting approximately 2% to 10% of men younger than 50 years of age resulting in significant economic loss and reduced quality of life [1].

Prostatitis is swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, a walnut-sized gland situated directly below the bladder in men. The prostate gland produces fluid (semen) that nourishes and transports sperm. Prostatitis often causes painful or difficult urination. Other symptoms include pain in the groin, pelvic area or genitals and sometimes flu-like symptoms.

CP/CPPS affects men of all ages but tends to be more common in men 50 or younger. The condition has a number of causes. Sometimes the cause isn’t identified. If prostatitis is caused by a bacterial infection, it can usually be treated with antibiotics.

Prostatitis/ chronic pelvic pain syndrome

Depending on the cause, prostatitis can come on gradually or suddenly. It might improve quickly, either on its own or with treatment. Some types of prostatitis last for months or keep recurring (chronic prostatitis) [2].

CP/CPPS is defined when pelvic pain is present for at least three of the preceding six months and no other identifiable causes have been detected [3]

Prostatitis signs and symptoms depend on the cause. They can include:

  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating (dysuria)
  • Difficulty urinating, such as dribbling or hesitant urination
  • Frequent urination, particularly at night (nocturia)
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Cloudy urine
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain in the abdomen, groin or lower back
  • Pain in the area between the scrotum and rectum (perineum)
  • Pain or discomfort of the penis or testicles
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Flu-like signs & symptoms (with bacterial prostatitis) [2]

How Does Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) view Prostatitis / chronic pelvic pain syndrome

Several studies have shown Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to be very effective in treating Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS) [3,4,5].

In addition, Chinese herbal medicine has been widely used in clinical trials of CP/CPPSin recent years. TCM believes that the cause of CP/CPPS is mainly in the kidney [6,7]. Yin deficiency and heat, qi stagnation and blood stasis is its main pathogenic factor. Through the application of traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of CP/CPPS’s unique diagnosis and treatment system, clinical efficacy is significant [8,9].

Modern research has shown that effective active ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine can improve the blood supply of peripheral blood vessels and achieve therapeutic purposes [10,11].

Both Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are useful tools by them selves but work even more effectively when used together.

At Kurrajong Natural Medicine Centre our highly qualified and experienced team of practitioners are happy to develop a personalised treatment programme with you. Simply call (02)4573 0784


  1. Lee, S. W., Liong, M. L., Yuen, K. H., & Krieger, J. N. (2014). Acupuncture and immune function in chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: a randomized, controlled study. Complementary therapies in medicine, 22(6), 965–969. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2014.10.010

  2. Mayo Clinic. Insomnia. URL: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/prostatitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20355766. Last visited 6th Aug. 2021

  3. Chang, S. C., Hsu, C. H., Hsu, C. K., Yang, S. S., & Chang, S. J. (2017). The efficacy of acupuncture in managing patients with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: A systemic review and meta-analysis. Neurourology and urodynamics, 36(2), 474–481. https://doi.org/10.1002/nau.22958

  4. Franco JVA, Turk T, Jung JH, Xiao YT, Iakhno S, Garrote V, Vietto V. Non-pharmacological interventions for treating chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD012551. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD012551.pub3

  5. Xue, Y., Duan, Y., Gong, X., Zheng, W., & Li, Y. (2019). Traditional Chinese medicine on treating chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine, 98(26), e16136. https://doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000016136

  6. Lee SW, Liong ML, Yuen KH, et al. Acupuncture versus sham acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain. Am J Med2008;121:79.e1–7.

  7. Ohlsen BA. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for the management of a 35-year-old man with chronic prostatitis with chronic pelvic pain syndrome. J Chiropr Med 2013;12:182–90.

  8. Lee SH, Lee BC. Use of acupuncture as a treatment method for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndromes. Curr Urol Rep 2011;12:288–96. 

  9. Ji Tao. Application of Acupuncture and Moxibustion for ChronicProstatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS). 2016; Second Military Medical University.

  10. Antolak SJ. Acupuncture ameliorates symptoms in men withchronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Urology 2004;63:212.

  11. Liddle CE, Harris RE. Cellular reorganization plays a vital role in acupuncture analgesia. Med Acupunct 2018;30:15–20.

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