Acupuncture in the prophylaxis of recurrent lower urinary tract infection in adult women

Scand J Prim Health Care. 1998 Mar;16(1):37-9. doi: 10.1080/028134398750003386.


Objective: To evaluate the effect of acupuncture in the prevention of recurrent lower urinary tract infection (UTI) in adult women.

Design: A controlled clinical trial with three arms: an acupuncture group, a sham-acupuncture group, and an untreated control group. Patients were followed for 6 months.

Setting: An acupuncture clinic in Bergen, Norway.

Subjects: Sixty-seven adult women with a history of recurrent lower UTI.

Main outcome measures: Acute lower UTIs during the 6-month observation period.

Results: Eighty-five percent were free of lower UTI during the 6-month observation period in the acupuncture group, compared with 58% in the sham group (p < 0.05), and 36% in the control group (p < 0.01). There were half as many episodes of lower UTI per person-half-year in the acupuncture group as in the sham group, and a third as many as in the control group (p < 0.05).

Conclusion: Acupuncture seems a worthwhile alternative in the prevention of recurring lower UTI in women.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Norway
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Urinary Tract Infections / prevention & control*