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Is there an acupuncture point for curing the problem of urge incontinence?

Toni King (Port Chester, NY) on Apr 23, 2012
You need a full evaluation to discovery why you have the urge incontinence. This nuisance symptom may be a part of a larger health pattern that can cause more severe symptoms down the line, from low back and knee pain to bladder and even breathing issues. Any acupuncturist worth their salt will give you a full evaluation and make sure that nothing is missed before using the sexton point. I have used it myself, and I can tell you that the problem will return unless the body is properly balanced. Run, don't walk, to your acupuncturist! They can help you!
Angelica Drum (El Dorado Hills, CA) on Apr 23, 2012
There are several acupuncture points that can address this issue. Your practitioner will take a detailed history of your condition and choose the best points based on your pattern of condition.
Monica Roslow (Red Hook, NY) on Apr 23, 2012
Acupuncture is a holistic therapy, and treats each individual as a unique being. We would not usually treat just one point. Rather, we would treat you for the underlying imbalances that can be causing the problem, as well as some specific points, which would be determined via a thorough intake. We call this treating the root and the branch, the branch being the incontinence, and the root being the imbalance in your system.
Angie Ng (Chicago, IL) on Apr 23, 2012
Acupuncture is a highly individualized and holistic form of therapy. While there are some empirical points that are used to influence urination, there is no one-size-fits-all approach for this condition. An effective acupuncture treatment involves diagnosing the specific pattern of imbalances that may be leading to urinary incontinence and treating those imbalances accordingly. Often, with urinary incontinence, there is a weakness or imbalance in the kidney energy system, but there usually are other complications involved.
Katalin Csoka (Mission Viejo, CA) on Apr 23, 2012
The root of the problem is the key. It could be something as simple as a UTI.
Jennifer Aubert (San Francisco, CA) on Apr 23, 2012
There are several acupuncture points used in the treatment of urinary urgency. However, it all depends on what is going on constitutionally as to *why* you are experiencing these symptoms. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is not a simplistic form of medicine. There is much more to the treatment than just finding the right point, which is why it is important to see a practitioner.
Linda Phelps (Seattle, WA) on Apr 23, 2012
Yes, and it is not where you would expect it to be! It is at the tip of the ankle bone on the outer side of your ankle (lateral malleolus). It is needled by quickly inserting and removing the needle. However, the point is most effective when moxabustion ("moxa") is applied to it for 2 to 3 minutes twice a day. It works quickly and the effect is long-lasting. You should notice improvement after the first day. Moxa is dried mugwort, a therapeutic herb. Moxa comes in a variety of forms. For this treatment, smokeless indirect moxa is indicated. It is moxa in a form that resembles a very fat stick of incense. It is applied by lighting the end as you would a stick of incense (except use a candle instead of a match because the fat stick takes longer to light). Then hold the moxa stick perpendicularly to the ankle bone but one inch away from it. Do not touch the skin to avoid burns. One inch away is a safe yet therapeutic distance. After applying moxa to both outer ankle bones, you must snuff it out. The easiest way to do this at home is in a small cup or jar filled with salt or sand. Do not use water because that could cause the moxa to crack, and it could be dangerous when you re-light it. You can purchase indirect smokeless moxa sticks at amazon.com or from a licensed acupuncturist.
Michael Moy (Willowbrook, IL) on Apr 23, 2012
Use points from the ren and du channels and combine this treatment with moxabustion.
Maria Baraybar Lee (Denver, CO) on Apr 23, 2012
Depending on the cause of the incontinence, it could be treated with acupuncture or acupuncture and herbs together.
Ta-Li Chang (La Habra, CA) on Apr 23, 2012
There isn't just one point. There are several conditions that can cause incontinence. Every condition will require a different combination of acupuncture points.
Chester Dickerson (Austin, TX) on Apr 23, 2012
First off, it is important for the patient to realize acupuncture does not cure. Its use is to harness energy to improve balance. In the case of incontinence, acupuncture has its place, but do not expect a "cure" in the sense of the word. Can it stop the urge? Yes.
Chantal Davis (San Diego, CA) on Apr 23, 2012
Acupuncturists look at the whole person and come up with a diagnosis. If you are having urge incontinence, it may be due to a different reason than someone else who is having the same issue. Points are based on your pattern. Most of the time with "leakage", fluids are not being contained due to weakness in the energy of a particular organ. Strengthening the energy of the organ allows it to do its job properly. The body then returns to a normal state and incontinence ceases.
George Engelhard (Orlando, FL) on Apr 23, 2012
A combination of pressure points and an herbal formula will work.
Dustin Siena (Westlake Village, CA) on Apr 23, 2012
Since Chinese medicine looks at a matrix of symptoms that form a pattern, urinary incontinence would be part of a pattern. Urinary Continence has multiple causes in Chinese medicine. We diagnosis all patterns based on 8 principles: 1) External or internal (The location of the pathogen) 2) Excess ("Shi") or deficiency ("Xu") (The nature of the eisharmony) 3) Heat or cold 4) Yin or yang After assessing these factors, we then diagnose based on all symptoms, not just the urinary incontinence. We also inspect the tongue, and take the pulse near the radial artery on both the right and left sides, at the 3 pulse positions on each side, "Cun", "Guan", and "Chi", or proximal, middle and distal. Each position generally has 3 depths. Points have functions. For example, there is a point that can eliminate dampness, or another to clear heat. Urinary incontinence can be due to: Damp cold in the lower half of the body. Restless organ disorder (Zang Zao), an emotional condition that is generally attributed to excessive worry, anxiety, or mental hyperactivity. This injures the heart-yn, disrupts the flow of liver-qi, and also affects the spleen-qi. Cold from deficiency of the kidneys in which the bladder loses its restraint. These all will call for different acupuncture points. Generally speaking, the kidney and bladder are a yin and yang union that form the "water" element. This is why if the kidney energy weakens, bladder problems can occur. The mother of water is wood, which includes the liver system, and may also be involved in urinary issues. The kidney, urinary bladder, and liver organ systems, and their respective deficiency or excess, must all be examined in order to successfully choose an acupuncture point to treat urinary bladder incontinence. Some questions to consider. Do you have low back pain ? Are you cold ? Do you prefer warm drinks ? Are you hot ? Do you have night sweats ? Do you prefer cool drinks ? How long have you had this condition? Is there burning when you urinate? Have you had your prostate checked if you are a male ? Is there a time of day when the incontinence occurs most often? How many times a day does it occur? How many times a night do you awaken to urinate? This would be the way we'd try to determine the cause of the incontinence and treat it. Hope this helped!
Ann Green (New York, NY) on Apr 23, 2012
I cannot promise that acupuncture can cure urge incontinence. However, in my experience, acupuncture has a good track record in diminishing urge incontinence in both women and men. Additionally, the personal practice of pelvic muscle exercises [Kegels] is a good idea. Avoiding a chill when one has a full bladder is also important.
Aram Akopyan (Glendale, CA) on Apr 23, 2012
Incontinence can have several etiologies. It can be caused by physical issues, such as the prolapse of internal organs or the simple weakening of the muscle structure. There are no specific points or one single point that can simply cure this condition. Treatment involves a combination of points. Combining acupuncture treatment with herbs and exercise often produces the best results. Ask your acupuncturist to review your case and come up with the best approach. MRI or ultrasound exams can also help rule out more serious conditions.
Frieda Mah (Irvine, CA) on May 5, 2012
By law, we can not curing anything. But, we can let the good result last longer. We do have different ways to treat urgent incontinence such as by acupuncture (may be more than one be used), herbs and/or moxibution or combination of them.