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In my last post I wrote about research that shows acupuncture helps reduce hot flashes in men with androgen ablating therapy.   In addition to hot flashes, men can experience frequent urination, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction following prostate cancer surgery. Here are two articles I wrote focusing on prostate cancer surgery recovery.   The first is a case study published in Medical Acupuncture. ABSTRACT Background: Radical prostatectomy, while a successful treatment for prostate cancer, often results in chronic adverse effects. Objective: To report the use of acupuncture to treat frequent urination and nocturia following radical prostatectomy. Design, and Patient: A 62-year-old man reported frequent urination, nocturia, and urinary leakage. He had a history of overactive bladder for about 5 years,

A recently published study shows acupuncture is effective at relieving hot flashes in men after prostate surgery.   This study showed there was a 68.4% improvement after only two weeks of treatment.  At 6 weeks of treatment, there was an 89.2% improvement.  The researchers followed up 8 months after the treatment concluded which revealed the men maintained an 80.3 % improvement in hot flashes. The men maintained real improvement for many months after acupuncture treatment.  These results are very promising towards building integrative urology. In my experience, acupuncture helps not only with the hot flashes after prostate surgery, but acupuncture also reduces incontinence, frequent urination, and sexual dysfunction associated with prostate surgery. Abstract: International Journal of Raditation Oncology, Biology*Physics

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

Overactive bladder is a syndrome characterized by the frequent, strong, and sudden urge to urinate. The syndrome can seriously disrupt your life by interrupting your work and make you avoid social situations. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been treating syndromes of frequent urination for over 2000 years. How Acupuncture Treats Overactive Bladder   Acupuncture helps reduce the symptoms of overactive bladder by relaxing the nerves and muscles associated with the bladder.  Overactive bladder may be caused from bladder spasm creating the sudden need to urinate or a sudden feeling of urination when the bladder is filling, although it is not totally full. Contraction of the pelvic floor muscles may also be a factor.  Acupuncture

Overactive bladder is a syndrome characterized by the frequent, strong, and sudden urge to urinate. Often, those with overactive bladder will urinate eight or more times during the day, and may also experience frequent urination at night. In some cases, individuals may experience urge incontinence, which is the involuntary loss of urine right after feeling the need to urinate. The syndrome can seriously disrupt your life by interrupting your work and make you avoid social situations. But Chinese medicine can help. Chinese medicine has been treating syndromes of frequent urination for over 2000 years. Overactive bladder from the Western and Eastern Viewpoints The precise cause of overactive bladder is often unknown. Like many other syndromes, the search for the single