Urinary problems

Acupuncture is effective in treating recurrent bladder infections

Researchers in Norway carried out a trial to investigate the benefits of acupuncture in treating a group of 94 women, all of whom had experienced at least 3 urinary tract infections during the previous 12 months.  67 of the women received acupuncture twice a week for 4 weeks.  73% of the women treated with acupuncture remained free of infection during the 6 months ater treatment, compared to only 52% of those who did not receive acupunture.  The amount of residual urine left in the bladder after urination – a factor that can contribute to recurrent urinary infections – was also halved in those receiving acupunture.

“American Journal of Public Health” 2002;92:1609-1611

Acupuncture has been found to be effective in treating overactive bladder

11 patients with overactive bladders were treated with acupuncture.  9 patients complained of urge incontinence and patients of urgency.  Before acupuncture, uninhibited contraction was observed in all patients.  After an average of 7 sessions, urge incontinence was controlled completely in 5 and partially in 2 of the 9 patients.  In 2 patients who complained of urgency, the problem was completely cured.  Uninhibited contraction disappeared in 6 patients after treatment.  Acupuncture also resulted in a significant increase of maximum bladder capacity and bladder compliance.

“Japanese Journal of Urology” 1995; 86