Overactive bladder affects an estimated 17 percent of the United States, occurring in men and women. This condition is caused by the muscles surrounding the bladder contracts erratically, creating pressure and causing the need to urinate. A new stud
A new study in Obstetrics and Gynecology found that acupuncture and improving the frequency eager to urinate in women suffering from OAB.
The study followed 85 women with OAB and urge incontinence. Women were randomly placed into two distinct groups to monitor the effectiveness of treatment. Half of the women employed in this study received acupuncture for bladder control, the other half received acupuncture treatment for relaxation. Women who received acupuncture for bladder control or treated specifically the lower back and abdomen. The treated group was given for the relaxation of acupuncture points throughout the body.
While women who received the bladder-specific acupuncture reported fewer trips to the bathroom and less urgency to urinate, after four weeks of treatment, both groups reported improvement in incontinence and urge urinary leakage.
Acupuncture has been cited by the World Health Organization to effectively treat over 43 conditions, including a variety of gastrointestinal disorders such as colitis, constipation, diarrhea, and gastritis. Through continual research of other conditions such as overactive bladder is finding positive results through the use of acupuncture.