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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 acupuncture treatment. Urinary symptoms along with other systems are considered to