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Chronic pelvic pain (CPP)

Chronic pelvic pain can be a symptom of a gynecologic problem, including endometriosis (when tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus) or adenomyosis. It can also occur in certain conditions that affect the bladder, intestines, the muscles in the pelvic floor, spine, or chronic Prostatitis in men...

Acupuncture, an essential part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), has long been used and is effective in relieving pain and become increasingly popular because of its unique advantages of simplicity, convenience, efficacy, and inexpensive.

Acupuncture has been used to treat genitourinary diseases. TCM believes that acupuncture can regulate the balance of qi and blood and promote healing in the human body.

Recent studies have shown that acupuncture therapy has remarkable effects in reducing chronic pain and tissue fibrosis around the pelvic floor. Also, acupuncture could accelerate the central nervous system to produce endogenous opioid peptides and activate relevant receptors by stimulating related acupoints, which achieves peripheral analgesia. Moreover, it could achieve anti-inflammatory effects by promoting certain biochemical components in inflammatory tissue and serum.

TCM also has a profound theoretical foundation and abundant clinical experience in the treatment of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome


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