Acupuncture for treating erectile dysfunction: a systematic review
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Acupuncture for treating erectile dysfunction
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the current evidence for the use of acupuncture to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). METHODS: Systematic searches were conducted in 15 electronic databases, with no language restrictions. Hand-searches included conference proceedings and our files. All clinical studies of acupuncture as a treatment for ED were considered for inclusion, and their methodological quality was assessed using the Jadad score. RESULTS: Of the four studies included, one randomized controlled trial (RCT) showed beneficial effects of acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture in terms of response rate, while another RCT found no effects of acupuncture. The remaining two studies were uncontrolled clinical trials. Collectively these data showed that RCTs of acupuncture for ED are feasible but scarce. Most investigations had methodological flaws, e.g. inadequate study design, poor reporting of results, small sample size, and publication without appropriate peer review process. CONCLUSION: The evidence is insufficient to suggest that acupuncture is an effective intervention for treating ED. Further research is required to investigate whether there are specific benefits of acupuncture for men with ED.

Author(s): 
Lee, Myeong Soo
Shin, Byung-Cheul
Ernst, Edzard
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
BJU international
Journal Abbreviation: 
BJU Int.
Publication Date: 
2009-08
Publication Year: 
2009
Pages: 
366-370
Volume: 
104
Issue: 
3
ISSN: 
1464-410X
DOI: 
10.1111/j.1464-410X.2009.08422.x
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 19239450

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Myeong Soo Lee, Byung-Cheul Shin and Edzard Ernst. 2009-08. "Acupuncture for treating erectile dysfunction: a systematic review." BJU international 104: 3: 366-370. 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2009.08422.x.

Wikipedia Citation

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