Acupuncture Helpful In Treating Stress Incontinence

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New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has emerged highlighting the benefits of electroacupuncture on the symptoms of stress incontinence.

Stress incontinence affects both sexes, and occurs when the pelvic walls are damaged and a person is unable to retain control of their bladder when coughing, laughing, sneezing, or any other such thing when pressure is put on the organ.

The American Urology Association estimates that a third of Americans experience stress incontinence, and 80% of those affected are women.

This latest research was carried out to evaluate the effects of electroacupuncture on women diagnosed with urinary stress incontinence. It took place at several medical facilities in China by a group of university medical researchers. The team enlisted 504 women with an average age of 55, and divided them into two groups. One received real and one received sham electroacupuncture sessions. The sessions took 30 minutes and occurred over a span of six weeks.

The women who received real acupuncture experienced a greater decrease in urine leakage showing a “significant difference” between week 0 and week 6.  More importantly, those same women maintained those results for 24 weeks after the trial, without receiving any additional treatment.

When measuring incontinence over the course of 72 hours, researchers reported that almost two-thirds who received real acupuncture experienced a 50% or more decrease in the amount of urinary leakage.

While the team suggests further research is required to better understand the mechanism behind the results, electroacupuncture’s efficacy has been chronicled in pre-existing studies.

So, how does it work? It is similar to DNA (Distal Needling Acupuncture, that we use here at the clinic) but instead of a practitioner stimulating the needle once inserted, a small electric charge is sent through the needle.

Previous studies using electroacupuncture found it to stimulate the body’s natural painkillers – enkephalins – reducing the effects of hypertension and lowering liver failure risk in women.

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