Here in Wilmington, NC, we’re a stone’s throw from the ocean and over the next few months, most of us will be making many trips to Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, in order to soak up the sun and swim in the sea. We’ll also be working up a thirst – not just for water, but for chilled white wine, fruity sangria, iced tea, and cold beers. For most of us, all that extra liquid is absorbed and processed by our bodies, allowing us to enjoy the long, hot days in peace. For those with kidney or bladder issues, however, it’s a different story.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the kidney is viewed as the most important organ in the body, more important even than the heart. When the kidneys aren’t working properly, any of the following symptoms may occur:
- Loss of appetite
- Dry, itchy skin
- Unintentional weight loss
- Numbness and/or swelling in feet and hands
- Blood in urine or stool
- Excessive thirst
Like most diseases and disorders, TCM believes that bladder and kidney problems are caused by an imbalance in the body. By using acupuncture to correct this imbalance TCM addresses the root of the problem, instead of focusing solely on the symptoms. This results in more effective, longer-lasting relief, which is good news for anyone suffering from these issues.
While anyone can benefit from balancing their qi and keeping their kidneys in tip-top shape, acupuncture is especially effective in treating two of the most common kidney and bladder issues – Urinary Tract Infection, and Overactive Bladder.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
While both men and women are susceptible to urinary tract infections, women are more likely to suffer from this often chronic condition. The symptoms of UTI, however, are the same for both sexes – frequent, painful urination, and difficulty urinating effectively. UTI tends to be chronic, flaring up multiple times a year, and is traditionally treated with antibiotics, which don’t cure the underlying imbalance that caused the infection in the first place. Acupuncture, on the other hand, has cured some cases of UTI in a matter of days, if not sooner. Plus, by restoring the body’s natural balance, infections are less likely to return.
During the summer, we’re almost always on the go. For those with overactive bladders, this statement is unfortunately literal. Fortunately, acupuncture can help ease many of the symptoms of an overactive bladder, which is often caused by an inflamed and irritated bladder. Acupuncture treatments can relax the body, reduce irritation, and ease insistent muscle contractions in the bladder. According to a recent study, women who received four weekly bladder-specific acupuncture treatments had a 14% reduction in urinary frequency and a 59% reduction in number of incontinent episodes – good news for anyone who’d rather spend their summer on a beach instead of in a bathroom.
Whether you have a specific condition or a more general ailment related to the kidneys and bladder, acupuncture can help you get our body back on track. Call Acupuncture Associates today and the next time nature calls, you can answer with acupuncture.