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Urinary Incontinence: Acupuncture Treatment



Urinary incontinence, along with urgency and frequency of urination, is a common symptom in the elderly, particularly in older women. While not a severe disease, it can be extremely bothersome and inconvenient, and effective medical treatments are limited. This leads many patients to seek help from acupuncture. Urinary incontinence can also be caused by spinal cord injuries and other factors.


Sanyinjiao (SP6) is a traditional primary acupuncture point for treating urinary system disorders. During acupuncture at Sanyinjiao, there is a periodic increase in distal urethral pressure, and after needling, there is a significant increase in bladder capacity and a decrease in peak urinary flow rate.


The mechanisms behind acupuncture treatment for urinary incontinence are believed to include inhibition of detrusor muscle activity of the bladder and promotion of urethral sphincter contraction to increase the so-called "closing pressure" of the urethra. This approach helps to manage incontinence by improving bladder control and urethral closure function.


Acupuncture offers a non-invasive, alternative approach to managing urinary incontinence, particularly for those who have not found relief through conventional treatments. It focuses on restoring balance and function in the urinary system, providing a holistic solution to this distressing condition.

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