A study published by Healthcare Medicine Institute has demonstrated acupuncture
may hold promise in treating urinary incontinence. The study incorporated two
different treatment protocols. The first used just acupuncture alone and the other
used acupuncture plus electrostimulation. The results varied, but were positive in
both trials. There was a 54 percent total efficacy rate in the trial that utilized
acupuncture only and an 86 percent efficacy rate in the trial that used acupuncture
plus electrostimulation. This holds great promise for those suffering from chronic
According to the World Health Organization, urinary bladder control problems affect
nearly 200 million people worldwide. Women tend to be more likely to be affected
by urinary bladder dysfunction than men. The most recent reports show more than
fifty percent of older Americans struggle with urinary incontinence. This is just one
of the many urinary problems that plague people all around the world. Urinary
bladder dysfunction can mean anything from enuresis (urinary incontinence) to
bladder stones. Many of these illnesses are preventable or treatable.
The urinary bladder is part of the filtration system in the human body. The bladder
stores and excretes urine from the kidneys and really only has this one function as
an organ. However, in Traditional Chinese Medicine the bladder is viewed somewhat
differently. As an energy system, the bladder is very closely related to the functions
of the autonomic nervous system. The bladder energetic meridian runs along both
sides of the spine from head to heel. The autonomic nervous system is responsible
for the control of the unconscious bodily functions, such as breathing and digestion.
Acupuncture, part of the nearly 3,000 year old medical system of TCM, has been
shown in numerous studies to be effective at treating multiple urinary issues.
Acupuncture elicits an autonomic response that applies a modulation effect on the
nerves that control bladder function. Acupuncture has also been shown to positively
influence the immune system, as well as the psychological well-being of the patient.
This benefits the individual who might be suffering from urinary bladder issues.
The general premise of TCM and acupuncture is that when the energies of the
meridian are not flowing properly, then something is out of balance. This can
manifest as either an excess or a deficiency. Regardless of excess or deficiency, the
energy has to be balanced for it to flow properly and allow the organ to function as
it should. The acupuncture needles modify the flow of energy, creating balance and
on the bladder energetic meridian alone. This makes it one of the most commonly
used meridians in TCM and it is used to help treat various different conditions.
It is recommended that those suffering from debilitating urinary issues consider
combining the use of both Western and Eastern medicine to achieve the best
possible results. Always seek out a properly trained and licensed acupuncturist
when considering using TCM. Licensed acupuncturists will be qualified and trained
to differentiate any bladder problems, while also assisting the patient in
understanding what treatment options may be best for their situation.