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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

Acupuncture for hot flashes is a topic that deserves some attention.  I am planning on writing a blog post on it later in the week so please come back.  I often treat women with hot flashes in my New York Acupuncture clinic. I wanted to quickly post a link to a WEB MD story published yesterday focusing on a research study that shows acupuncture may relieve hot flashes in women. To get an idea of how acupuncture and Chinese medicine approach hot flashes, here is an article about balancing the yin and yang of the body. If you are interested in seeking acupuncture for hot flashes, please call us at 917-887-4946.

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