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Integrative urology is essential.  The field of integrative medicine is about how to best combine mainstream medicine and alternative medicine.   It is essential because many people live with urologic conditions, such as chronic pelvic pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, interstitial cystitis, and overactive bladder, without help. This impacts their work, education, social life, and overall wellbeing. I have helped many people with these conditions in my New York acupuncture clinic.  The acupuncture and Chinese medicine approach works to correct imbalances that are causing the condition.   Mostly, urologic conditions are caused from inhibition of circulation and weakness of energy. Here are the best posts about how acupuncture can help interstitial cystitis, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, overactive bladder, and recovery

If you are a reader of my blog and articles, you know that I am interested not only in the clinical effects of acupuncture, but also acupuncture research, and physiology of acupuncture.  This is why it is unfortunate that there is a lack of studies for acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment of Interstital Cystitis, a condition which I have very positive clinical result with acupuncture. There is one published case study which describes the acupuncture treatment course of a 31 year old women with IC for 5 years.  The treatment was very effective, over a course of 10 treatments there was a substantial reduction in pain and Interstitial Cystitis symptoms.  More work like this should be published along with larger trials,

Interstitial cystitis is something I often treat in my acupuncture clinic. This is the second in a series on acupuncture for interstitial cystitis.  In this post I will tell you about how acupuncture can reduce pain, inflammation, and urinary urgency for interstitial cystitis. Acupuncture’s Approach to Interstitial Cystitis Over two thousand years ago, acupuncture physicians described a syndrome which is characterized by painful and frequent urination.  Accompanying symptoms can be tenderness in the lower abdomen, a feeling of incomplete urination, sexual dysfunction, changes in the color of urination, urinating at night, and also mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.  Although they were not speaking specifically about interstitial cystitis, these same principles can be used to create an effective

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition that causes pelvic pain, frequent urination, urgent urination, and sexual dysfunction.   Both men and women can get IC, although it occurs mostly in women.  People with IC can have symptoms similar to a urinary tract infection, but without an infection (1).  Often, there is painful, frequent, urgent, inhibited, or incomplete urination.    Sometimes there may be blood in the urine.  There may be a dull feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen and bladder.   The pain in the bladder can be intense or dull, and sometimes it is located in the pelvis, or on the pelvic floor. These symptoms can resemble many different conditions.  It is important to see a urologist to get a

Previously, I have written about acupuncture and chronic pelvic pain syndrome and chronic prostatitis (CP/CPPS).  This condition causes chronic pain, urinary symptoms, and sexual dysfunction in men.  I use acupuncture very often to relieve these symptoms. A number of small studies focusing on acupuncture for CP/CPPS have shown positive results.  I previously wrote about a study using electroacupuncture.  Today, I will tell you about another study that also showed acupuncture to  reduced pain, urinary symptoms, and improved overall quality of life (1). The Study A small pilot study was created using a standardized acupuncture treatment based upon traditional principles of TCM theory.  The basic idea is that when there is pain, there is an imbalance in the circulation of qi

Chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) is the most common form of prostatitis, yet not many clinicians know how to treat it.  Acupuncture for Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome is very effective. A recent research study is also supporting the use of electroacupuncture to relieve chronic pelvic pain in men (1). Electroacupuncture and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome Electroacupuncture is when electric stimulation is attached to the acupuncture needles. It is generally used for pain relief. This is the first randomized study to show that electro-acupuncture reduces pain in men with CPPS.  They used  only six standard acupuncture points on the sacrum and buttock.  There was also a placebo acupuncture group, in which the patients received acupuncture at non-acupuncture points. Lastly, they had

Chronic prostatitis sounds like it is a chronic bacterial infection of the prostate. But in fact most men that have chronic prostatitis symptoms do not have any bacteriaal infection. This is called Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) and is classified as Chronic Prostatitis Category III.   CPPS is the most common form of chronic prostatitis. If you have Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome then you can suffer from generalized pelvic pain, urinary problems, and sexual dysfunction. Urination can be painful, frequent, urgent, or inhibited urination. The pain can be intense or dull. It can be located on the pelvic floor, in the genitals, lower back, the lower abdomen, in the back of the legs, or other areas.  CPPS affects every aspect

Joseph Alban, M.S., L.Ac, was recently featured in the British Journal of Urology International for acupuncture treatment of Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome.  (updated May 1st, 2013) Men with Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS), or Chronic Prostatitis Category III, suffer from pelvic pain, painful, frequent, urgent, or difficult urination, as well as sexual dysfunction. The pain can be intense or dull and is generally located on the pelvic floor, in the genitals, lower back, or the lower abdomen. These symptoms can be severe and affect all aspects of your life, resulting in depression, lost work and educational opportunities, and trouble in relationships. CPPS is the most common form of chronic prostatitis. What Causes Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome? The exact cause of Chronic Pelvic