Acupuncture for urinary incontinence
Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control often occurring when coughing, laughing or sneezing.
Urinary incontinence tends to affect women more than men often as a result of going through labour into order to have children. Incontinent episodes can affect a person's quality of life due to urine leakage.
Symptoms of urinary incontinence include an overactive bladder, urinary leakage and finding it difficult to hold urine inside.
It's important to do pelvic floor muscle exercises every day to strengthen urinary control.
Treatment for urinary incontinence
The causes of urinary incontinence in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) include a kidney qi deficiency, spleen qi deficiency and excessive heat in the urinary bladder. For these reasons, eating foods that are good for the kidney and spleen and help strengthen the body and reduce symptoms.
Avoid eating foods that are yang (hot) in nature like coffee, alcohol and chilli. In chronic cases, herbal formulas can boost kidney and spleen qi quicker than dietary changes, thereby improving bladder function.
- Reduce stress for stress incontinence type
- Allowing increased bladder capacity
Women with stress urinary incontinence an see significant improvement from my treatment.
Randomized controlled trials published in peer reviewed health care journals where electro acupuncture and traditional acupuncture were tested against sham acupuncture showed improved bladder function and quality of life in the acupuncture group.
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