Treatment and Prevention of UTIs with Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) houses an effective treatment method—acupuncture—that can be beneficial for numerous health conditions such as macular degeneration, depression, weight loss and erectile dysfunction. Acupuncture is a complementary therapy that involves the insertion of very thin needles at strategic points known as acupuncture points. Here is how acupuncture can help patients with Urinary Tract Infection if they do not want heavy courses of antibiotics.
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) – Symptoms and Complications
UTIs are more common in women than in men. It is an infection that may affect any part of the urinary system: the kidneys, ureter, urinary bladder, and urethra. However, if a UTI spreads to the kidneys, serious complications may follow. The signs and symptoms of a UTI may include a strong and persistent urge to urinate, a burning sensation when urinating, frequent and small amounts of urine, red or pink urine caused by blood, a strong urine odor, and pelvic pain in women. Complications from UTIs include chronic inflammation of the bladder, permanent kidney damage, urethral narrowing in men, and sepsis—which can be life-threatening.
Causes of UTI
Urinary tract infections occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and multiply in the bladder. People who are under stress or eat a lot of processed food are more likely to develop a UTI. The immune system is usually effective in fighting these microscopic invaders, but sometimes the system may fall short. The most common UTIs are cystitis and urethritis. Cystitis is the infection or inflammation of the urinary bladder which is typically caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli). Urethritis is an infection of the urethra caused by gastrointestinal bacteria. Factors which increase the risk of UTIs include abnormalities of the urinary tract, a weakened immune system, catheter use, and hormone imbalance. Menopause women tend to develop UIT because of the hormone changes.
Acupuncture for UTI – Benefits
Traditional Chinese Medicine contends that the kidneys control water metabolism. Moreover, all of the issues related to bladder, ureter, and prostate function are related to the kidneys. The symptoms of a UTI are related to bladder dampness and heat. Acupuncture aims to expel the dampness and clear the heat. Many acupuncture points have an excellent function in regulating urinary disorders. Acupuncture for UTI is based on the principle that there is a universal life energy called qi present in every living creature. This energy circulates along pathways called meridians. Disharmonies occur when the flow of qi is obstructed. Acupuncture works to fix this energy flow. The objective of acupuncture for UTI is to correct blockages of qi and enhance the immune function to decrease the risk of future UTIs. Acupuncture can also help improve the function of bladder, so the patients will not have urine retention, which make people prone to UTI.
Research Support of Acupuncture
Researchers have verified that acupuncture can clear up UTIs by balancing immune function and enhancing kidney function. A study published in the Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society, Acupuncture in Medicine, cited by the National Center for Biotechnology Information observes a lower risk of UTIs in stroke patients treated with acupuncture. Another study published by Drug and Therapeutic Bulletin, cited in NCBI, shows the effectiveness of acupuncture and herbal medicine in the prevention of recurrent UTIs.
Summary: Acupuncture can be used to treat or prevent UTI for patients with recurrent UTIs more effectively than antibiotics. Acupuncture can also improve your immune and kidney function.
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Mary was born in Boca Raton and attended Boca Raton High School, where she participated in many social activities and helped female professionals gain workplace rights. After graduating, she worked at the Delray Beach Hospital for many years. After reaching fifty years of age, she switched to a primarily vegetarian diet: she mostly consumed fish, tofu, beans, while having chicken once or twice a week. However, she loved eating spicy food and nuts. She had been very healthy until she hit menopause, when she developed inflammation in the eyes, intestinal membranes, and feet.
At the age of fifty, she was diagnosed with macular degeneration in her right eye at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital and began acupuncture treatments at the Fort Lauderdale Acupuncture School. Her left eye retina was also detached three times and required surgery at the West Palm Beach Hospital. The scar tissue that accumulated as a result of these multiple surgeries ultimately caused all vision to be lost in her left eye. While the wet macular degeneration in her right eye was severe, she refused to have medicine injected into her eye. She also developed multiple hernias in her abdominal area which required repair surgery, and foot neuropathy as a result of her surgery and high spicy food intake.
At the age of ninety, she began acupuncture treatment for her right eye at the Boca Raton Acupuncture Clinic. After just four treatments, she began to feel more energized and became more active socially, playing cards with her friends at her independent living community in Boynton Beach. Her acupuncturist also recommended reducing her spicy food consumption in order to reduce the inflammation in her intestines and her retinas. After four years of biweekly acupuncture treatment and radical diet changes, she was able to drastically improve her digestion and slow down her macular degeneration. Mary will soon celebrate her 95th birthday, and still drives, walks without a cane, and continues to live a healthy and active life.