10. May 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Incontinence

A Norwegian pilot study suggests that acupuncture may be more effective for preventing urinary incontinence than pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT). Thirty-four women with incontinence were randomly assigned to receive either 12 sessions of acupuncture, 12 sessions of PFMT, or to a waiting list control group for 12 weeks. The acupuncture points used were semi-standardised, with alternation between front and back points. Zhongji REN-3, Guanyuan REN-4, Qihai REN-6, Sanyinjiao SP-6, Taixi KID-3 and Fuliu KID-7 were used with patients in a supine position, and Neiguan P-6, Taichong LIV-3 and Taibai SP-3 were added based on specific symptoms. Shangliao BL-31 to Xialiao BL-34, Shenshu BL-23, Panguangshu BL-28, Sanyinjiao SP-6, Mingmen DU-4 and Baihui DU-20 were used with the patient in a prone position, with Jueyinshu BL-14, Ganshu BL-18 and Pishu BL-20 added for specific symptoms. Mean improvement in incontinence scores was found to be significantly higher in the acupuncture group compared with either PFMT or controls.
A pilot study on the use of acupuncture or pelvic floor muscle training for mixed urinary incontinence. Acupunct Med. 2015 Sep 11. pii: acupmed-2015-010828.

A pilot study carried out in the USA found preliminary evidence of the benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of incontinence in women. Nine women (aged 44 to 66) with urge, mixed urge stress urinary incontinence were randomised to receive true acupuncture or a sham needle control. Subjects who received true acupuncture had a mean 63.30% reduction in daytime accidents per day at one week post-acupuncture a 67.47% reduction at four weeks post-acupuncture. In contrast, the sham group’s mean reduction in daytime accidents was 18.88% at 1 week and 16.67% at four weeks post treatment. (J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2009 Nov-Dec;36(6):661-70).