Urinary incontinence plagues people of all ages, frequently affecting women after childbirth, men after prostate surgery, and the elderly. Stress urinary incontinence is very common among women especially, with laughter, sneezing, coughing and lifting all very common causes of urinary leakage.
Several studies have shown that acupuncture is more effective for urinary incontinency than conventional therapy, including drugs. Herbal medicine can also be helpful.
Researchers compared the effects of electroacupuncture treatment with drug treatment. A randomized clinical trial of 100 female participants with mild to average level SUI were separated into two groups: electroacupuncture treatment and drug treatment. The treatments were administered over three 10 day sessions. The drug treatment group was given 2.5 mg of midorine hydrochloride tablets, 3 times per day. The eletroacupuncture group was treated with mid-intensity electrostimulation.
The results demonstrate that the short-term complete recovery rate for the electroacupuncture group was 20%. An additional 54% of participants showed signs of significant improvements. The short-term complete recovery rate for the drug group was 10%. An additional 24% demonstrated significant improvements.
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