Research: AUNE and colleagues, B

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Abstract

AUNE and colleagues, Bryggen Medisinske Senter, Bergen, Norway, studied whether acupuncture is effective for recurrent lower urinary tract infection (UTI).

Background

Methodology

The authors conducted a randomised trial with 67 adult women with a history of UTI. The women were randomised for acupuncture treatment, sham acupuncture or no treatment. The incidence of UIT was noted over the following 6 months.

Results

Within the acupuncture group 85% of women were free of cystitis during the 6-month observation period, compared to 58% in the sham and 36% in the control groups. In comparison to the acupuncture group, there were twice the number of cystitis incidents in the sham group and three times as many in the control group.

Conclusion

Acupuncture appears to be a worthwhile alternative treatment for the prevention of frequently recurring cystitis in women.

References

Aune A et al. Can acupuncture prevent cystitis in women? Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 118(9): 1370-2. Mar 30 1998.

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