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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

Over two thousand years ago, Chinese medicine scholars described a condition similar of interstitial cystitis.  Interstitial cystitis, also called Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS) is characterized by painful and frequent urination.  Other symptoms can be tenderness in the lower abdomen, pelvis, and pelvic floor, a feeling of incomplete urination, sexual dysfunction, urinating at night, and also depression and anxiety. IC has significant impact on people’s lives.  But acupuncture can provide significant relief of the pain and discomfort associated with IC. How does Acupuncture and Chinese medicine treat Interstitial Cystitis or Painful Bladder Syndrome? Acupuncture works by correcting imbalances in the body.   The idea is that your body was once healthy.  But something disrupted the normal functions.  Acupuncture helps to reset the