Urinary Incontinence – Acupuncture Treatment

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the spontaneous drop of urine. It means that an individual pees without an urge or because he or she is unable to control the urination. In cases of urinary incontinence, control over the bladder-urethra sphincter vanishes or becomes debilitated. Urinary incontinence is a considerably more common syndrome than most patients recognize.

Urinary incontinence

Bladder control problems are common among older people, especially women. Urinary incontinence is a medical condition in which the bladder cannot hold urine but uncontrollably releases it when coughing, laughing, sneezing, or other body movements or reactions occur.

The bladder stores urine by contracting the urethra muscles (the passage tube that takes out urine from the bladder). When the bladder needs urination, it contracts its wall and relaxes the urethra muscles to allow the free flow of urine. In the case of incontinence, the bladder muscles contract, or the urethra relaxes uncontrollably.

The symptoms can vary from mild leakages to massive, uncontrolled leakages. Despite being more prevalent in women, incontinence can also affect men, and it’s not always related to aging. Vaginal infections, constipation, urinary tract infections, and, in some cases, a temporary side effect of some medications, can all contribute to urinary incontinence. When incontinence is experienced in the long term, it might be as a result of conditions such as overactive or weak bladder muscles, a complication from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease that affects the nerves that control the bladder, arthritis, or blockage as a result of an enlarged prostate.

Urinary incontinence is a condition that can be controlled and treated if medical help is sought. Many people hide this condition from others, but it can be well managed if the right professional is consulted.

Different Forms of Incontinence

  • Functional urinary incontinence is common in old people. It makes it difficult to control their bladders because they are unable to move on time to ease themselves. It could be a result of arthritis or any movement-related disorder.
  • Urge urinary incontinence is the inability to hold urine long enough before reaching the toilet. It is common in people with stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Overflow urinary incontinence happens when the bladder is complete, and a small amount of urine leaks. A blockage in the urethra, which is common in an enlarged prostrate or spinal injury, could also be the cause.
  • The most prevalent type of incontinence is stress urinary incontinence, which manifests as urine leakage while sneezing, coughing, laughing, lifting heavy objects, and engaging in any other activity that places pressure on the bladder. Younger or middle-aged women experience it. Some cases are related to childbirth, while others are associated with approaching menopause.

Acupuncture for the treatment of Urinary incontinence.

Acupuncture has been an effective form of treatment for urinary incontinence. Research through neurologic investigations shows the efficacy of electroacupuncture. Electroacupuncture is a procedure that involves the use of specialized electro-simulators on acupuncture needles and is applied to acupuncture points of treatment.

Through the help of neurological studies, acupuncture points for specific actions were discovered in the body, and through these points, acupuncture treatments are administered.

The following acupuncture points were found to be pivotal to the treatment of urinary incontinence:

  • By pressing on the BL32 acupoint Ciliao, you can change the P substance in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord, the activity of the sacral micturition center, the capsaicin receptor VR1, and the activity of afferent C fibers.
  • The Huiyang (BL35) regulates the urethral sphincter and detrusor muscle functions.
  • The Sanyinjiao acupoint regulates abdominal leak-point pressure.
  • As you may know, the Zusanli (ST36) acupoint controls the binding force of the muscarinic receptors in the brain and spinal cord.
  • Acupuncture is applied to these acupuncture points depending on the cause of the incontinence, which is done through a proper diagnosis.
Healthy Tips

Avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, and artificial sweeteners, as they irritate the bladder.

  • Acidic foods such as tomatoes and oranges irritate the bladder in patients with urge bladder. Pay attention to what you eat that triggers you.
  • Avoid carbonated water. Instead, take 6–8 glasses of water daily, as dehydration irritates the bladder, contrary to the belief that less water will reduce incontinence. No, it does not.
  • Except for an overactive bladder, which cranberries’ acidity can irritate, eating blueberries and cranberries supplies your body with compounds that prevent urinary tract infections.
  • Engage in exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor. You can consult a physical therapist for more help.

Treatment for incontinence in Philadelphia

The most cutting-edge facility for treating urinary incontinence with acupuncture is the Philadelphia Acupuncture Clinic, under the direction of Doctor Victor Tsan. Over 40 years of Doctor Tsan’s experience in acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, and traditional medicine give him extra weapons to fight this complicated condition. Depending on the nature of the problem, Victor Tsan, MD, can use a customized combination of the treatment techniques available in his arsenal.

For your convenience, we created an online secure scheduling system, which you may use to schedule an appointment for consultation and treatment.

Contact our clinic at (267) 403-3085 to schedule an acupuncture evaluation appointment with our licensed acupuncturist, David Wu, LAc.

David Wu - Master of Oriental Medicine