Acupuncture for Interstitial Cystitis and Disorders of
the Urinary Tract System
The UK Centre for the treatment of Interstitial Cystitis
Scope of Acupuncture for chronic and acute disorders of
the bladder; interstitial cystitis, stress incontinence,
repeated bacterial cystitis & vulvodynia.
Whilst several modalities in the management of chronic
and acute disorders of the bladder have helped many patients,
there remain those who suffer from persistent pain and complain
of ongoing and agonising IC symptoms, both of which are
Acupuncture can be used as a modality to complement orthodox
IC treatment or as an alternative therapy on its own.
This is because Traditional Chinese medicine has the ability,
by means of its own diagnostic tools and framework, to make
syndrome differentiation and diagnosis and to treat vast
numbers of disorders.
Physiological Effects of Acupuncture
Through clinical practice, experimental studies and much
research work, it is clear that the effects of traditional
acupuncture may be divided into two main components –
acupuncture analgesia and therapeutic acupuncture.
Both components play an important role in the prevention
and maintenance of health, whilst helping to treat bladder
problems. Needless to say, in practice, the two components
complement each other.
The mechanism of analgesic function involves nerve conduction
through the nervous system supplying the bladder and pelvic
floor in order to alleviate somatic, visceral, neurologic
pain and even phantom pain.
This is based on the philosophy and principle of Chinese
medicine, which is to find the root of the presenting problem(s)
and to treat the patient as a whole. Therapeutic acupuncture
is a gentle treatment, with mild stimulation, given through
recognised acupuncture points. Furthermore, the emotional
and mental well-being of the patient is considered just
as much as the physiological aspects of the treatment.
Therapeutic acupuncture is :
relaxing and calming to harmonising
the mind and the body
more focused on creating a stronger
immune system in order to improve, maintain and repair
the body’s natural healing mechanism.
Hence, this form of acupuncture plays an important
role in treating patients suffering from IC and other
bladder disorders such as:
frequency & urgency
repeated bacterial cystitis
Results from a Patient Suffering Interstitial Cystitis
Cystoscopy and hyrdodisention showed multiple pinpoint
haemorrhages on the bladder mucosa of a patients with Interstitial
The safety and efficacy of traditional acupuncture is paramount
in the treatment of Interstitial Cystitis. However, the
skills and experience of the acupuncturist in this field
is also extremely important.
Principles of Treatment
My general aim is always to treat the root cause of the
disharmony be systematic treatment. However, the symptoms
of pain, urgency and frequency are frequently so sever in
IC patients that I primarily focus on relieving pain and
removing anxiety (calming the shen), otherwise I have experienced
that severity of these symptoms can hinder treatment of
the root cause. From the traditional Chinese perspective,
IC is looked at as a chronic disorder (deficiency) of the
urinary system as well as other organ systems in the body
with acute signs and symptoms (excess) such as pain, frequency,
urgency and emotional disturbances. A comparative
clinical study, at The Cookham Centre for Complimentary
medicine, of 18 patients suffering from IC revealed that
there was an 81% relief with signs & symptoms of their
condition and 90% improvement in their emotional well being.
Interstitial Cystitis Association
Recent IC Research conducted at The Berkshire Health
Clinic - An Investigation into the treatment of Interstitial
Cystitis with Acupuncture
I would like to draw you attention to the recent article
, An Investigation into the treatment of Interstitial Cystitis
with Acupuncture, published in The Journal Of Chinese Medicine.
This can now be viewed in the October 2010 Journal (no 94),
and is also shown below.
The research was conducted on my IC patients at The Berkshire
Health Clinic, together with student acupuncturist, Esther
Holford. It was a pleasure to work with Esther, who has
now qualified as an Acupuncturist in 2010, and has an interest
in the treatment of IC.
The October 2010 Article - click
Toni Tucker’s detailed article on the presentation,
differentiation, and treatment of IC, was published in Issue
No 75 of The Journal of Chinese Medicine, page 38 and 44.
For further information, on IC and its treatment please
refer to my article in the Journal of Chinese Medicine and
Womans own magazine. Also I can be contacted directly
at the clinic via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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