Acupuncture & Improved Bladder Function

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

urinary incontinence.

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.


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