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Table 2 NIH-CPSI scores and Chinese Medicine (CM) symptoms after the intervention \( \left(\overline{\upchi}\pm \mathrm{S}\right) \)

From: The effectiveness of long-needle acupuncture at acupoints BL30 and BL35 for CP/CPPS: a randomized controlled pilot study

Scores TA (n = 38) LA (n = 39)
Pre-treatment Post-treatment Follow up Pre-treatment Post-treatment Follow up
NIH-CPSI (total) 26.7 ± 4.9 22.6 ± 5.2* 17.3 ± 9.1* 26.6 ± 5.8 17.0 ± 6.0* 9.4 ± 8.6*
 Pain or discomfort 11.1 ± 2.8 9.0 ± 2.7* 6.6 ± 4.0* 11.1 ± 3.1 6.5 ± 3.0* 3.3 ± 3.8*
 Urination 5.8 ± 2.8 5.0 ± 2.0* 3.8 ± 3.1* 5.4 ± 3.3 3.5 ± 2.6* 2.1 ± 2.6*
 Impact of symptoms 5.0 ± 1.0 4.4 ± 1.2* 3.4 ± 1.8* 5.2 ± 1.1 3.5 ± 1.6* 2.0 ± 1.7*
 Quality of life 4.9 ± 1.2 4.4 ± 1.4* 3.5 ± 1.7* 4.9 ± 1.1 3.5 ± 1.3* 2.0 ± 1.6*
CM symptom 15.3 ± 7.3 12.1 ± 5.7* - 14.0 ± 5.0 8.4 ± 5.3* -
  1. *, P < 0.05 when comparison the pre-treatment score and post-treatment score in the same group; , P < 0.05 when comparing the long-needle acupuncture group and the conventional acupuncture group. An ITT method was applied for analysis