Acupuncture and Nocturia - Frequent Urination

Acupuncture and Nocturia -  Frequent Urination from Nei-Dao Acupuncture and Tui-Na Clinic

By: Nei-Dao Acupuncture and Tui-Na Clinic  27-Oct-2011
Keywords: Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine

The development of the need to urinate frequently especially during the night gives rise to the condition called nocturia. As the frequency to urinate tends to be extremely high in nocturia, some can experiences disturbed sleep and even insomnia can be experienced by other individuals. Some people who suffer from this disorder can tend to wet their beds as they find it difficult to wake from their sleep. This condition is quite common amongst the elderly and seems to worsen with increasing age. Certain underlying conditions can also lead to this health condition such as caffeine, alcohol, edema, depression, pain, bladder problems, etc. Treating these underlying conditions can also resolve the problem of nocturia. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM as it is known, nocturia occurs as a result of a conflict either in the Spleen-Kidney Qi or in the Kidney Yang. Acupuncture actually treats the body as a whole and the theory behind TCM believes that any ailment can be caused due to an imbalance in any of the internal organ systems. It believes that the imbalance is in turn a reaction from the internal organs. Treating the imbalance will allow the body to heal. Acupuncture treats nocturia by offering adequate amount of supplementation to the Kidney and the Spleen Qi and also makes sure that the urine in the bladder is completely expelled. Damp-heat can also be produced in the body causing nocturia. So the acupuncture treatments focuses on clearing this problem as well. The problem of energy imbalance is rectified and frequent urination is then resolved. Acupuncture treatments for treating nocturia does require the stimulation of both distal and local points and the treatment protocol depends upon the diagnosis of this issue by a licensed acupuncturist. In the case that damp-heat is one of the main problems causing the nocturia, it needs to be resolved first before any other underlying issues are addressed. Several studies strongly indicate to the fact that acupuncture is a holistic alternative in the treatment of nocturia. Urinary imbalances which have been caused due to the retention of urine in the kidneys contribute to the problem of nocturia. Rectifying the imbalances in the kidney, spleen and bladder Qi (energy) is a prime way of treating nocturnia. Acupuncture treatment for nocturia usually occurs once or twice every week and at least 10-12 sessions are required to recover from this disorder. As the treatment progresses, the patient will find that he or she has developed an improvement in their urine holding capacity, decline in the number of night urinations and in the urgency, etc. The effect from the acupuncture treatments can be further enhanced be combining the treatments with Chinese herbal formulas for a speedier recovery time. In all, the TCM, acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas have been proved to be highly successful in the treatment of an overactive bladder and nocturia.

Keywords: Acupuncture, Acupuncture and Chinese, Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy, Chinese Medicine, Frequent Urination, Traditional Chinese Medicine,

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