Electroacupuncture helps relieve urinary incontinence in women

Electroacupuncture may help relieve stress urinary incontinence in women, according to a study published in Deutsche Zeitschrift für Akupunktur. In the study, researchers evaluated the effect of electroacupuncture on stress urinary incontinence in women.

  • For the study, researchers enrolled 504 women with stress urinary incontinence from 12 hospitals in China.
  • Participants received 18 sessions of electroacupuncture involving the lower back over six weeks or sham electroacupuncture with no skin penetration on sham acupoints.
  • The researchers measured the amount of urine leakage from the beginning of the study until the last treatment through the one-hour pad test.
  • They also assessed the mean 72-hour urinary incontinence episodes through a 72-hour bladder diary.
  • Among the 504 randomized participants, only 482 completed the study.
  • The results showed that participants who received electroacupuncture experienced a greater reduction in mean urine leakage compared to the sham electroacupuncture group, with a mean difference of 7.4 grams (g).
  • They also experienced greater changes in the mean 72-hour incontinence episodes than the comparison group.
  • Adverse events occurred in both groups, but these were all mild and there were fewer incidents of these in the electroacupuncture group.

In conclusion, these findings suggest that a six-week electroacupuncture therapy involving the lower back helps reduce urine leakage in women with stress urinary incontinence.

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Journal Reference:

Zhishun L, Yan L, Huanfang X, Ots T. EFFECT OF ELECTROACUPUNCTURE ON URINARY LEAKAGE AMONG WOMEN WITH STRESS URINARY INCONTINENCE – A RANDOMIZED CLINICAL TRIAL. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Akupunktur. 2017; 60(4): 33-34. DOI: 10.1016/S0415-6412(17)30124-8

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