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Title: Is the combined auriculotherapy approach superior to magneto-auriculotherapy alone in aging males with lower urinary tract symptoms? A randomized controlled trial
Authors: Suen, LKP 
Yeh, CH
Yeung, SKW 
Yeung, JWF 
Keywords: Aging male
Lower urinary tract symptoms
Randomized controlled trial
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Aging male, Published online: 16 Jan 2019, p. 1-12, How to cite?
Journal: Aging male 
Abstract: Objectives: The negative impact of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) on affected males is substantial. This study aims to assess whether a combined auriculotherapy (AT) using laser AT (LAT) and magneto-AT (MAT) is more effective than using MAT alone or placebo for managing LUTS of aging males.
Methods: A randomized controlled, double-blinded trial was conducted. Sixty-two aging males with moderate or severe LUTS symptoms were randomly allocated into groups: Group 1, placebo LAT plus placebo MAT (n = 20); Group 2, combined AT approach using LAT plus MAT (n = 20); and Group 3, placebo LAT followed by MAT (n = 22). Six ear acupoints assumed to be suitable for alleviating LUTS were used. The total treatment period was 4 weeks, with follow-up visits till 3 months. Generalized estimating equations model was used for the examination of the interactions among the groups over time.
Results: A combined AT approach exhibited a stronger treatment effect in relieving voiding problems, improving the peak urinary flow rate, and reducing the post-void residual urine than the placebo group or MAT alone.
Conclusions: This study demonstrates that the AT protocol used in this study for aging males with LUTS is feasible and can be adopted in future study of increased scale.
ISSN: 1368-5538
EISSN: 1473-0790
DOI: 10.1080/13685538.2018.1542673
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