August 2013

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IC PainGreat news for people with IC!Acupuncture and moxibustion significantly improves the condition of Interstitial Cystitis patients, a new study concludes.

Approximately 700,000 Americans have Interstitial Cystitis (IC), a chronic inflammation of the bladder that can cause sufferers to urinate, sometimes painfully, up to 60 times per day and can cause excruciating pain. As many as 90% of people who have IC are women. The condition varies but Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical school reports research suggests that the quality of life for people with IC, “resembles that of a person on kidney dialysis or suffering from chronic cancer pain. Not surprisingly, the condition is officially recognized as a disability”. Only about half of the women with the disorder are able to work full time.

This new study preselected patients with, “difficult cases of interstitial cystitis that did not respond to conventional biomedical procedures.” These patients had already received conventional treatments like, “pharmaceutical medications, hydrodistension, and intravesical instillation of dimethly sulfoxide without relief of symptoms”. The patients received acupuncture and moxibustion to favorable results. The acupuncture points used are traditionally indicated for the treatment of painful urination and urinary dysfunction like difficulty urinating, painful urination and urinary retention. Urinary retention is a common discomfort for IC patients and causes swelling, pain, and can promote infection. Acupuncture, moxibustion and Chinese herbal medicine is excellent at restoring proper function and ease with urine elimination.

Moxibustion on abdomen. The moxa is enclosed in a container so that the heat is radiates deeply but doesn't feel too hot on the skin.

Moxibustion on abdomen. The moxa is enclosed in a container so that the heat radiates deeply but does not feel hot on the skin.

You deserve to live pain free and free of the stress of always needing to know the location of the nearest bathroom. Each acupuncture session will soothe the sacral spinal nerves, ease your pain, and promote healthy elimination. Practitioners will work on strengthening the bladder system and finding the root cause of this condition in your unique body.

Remember, acupuncture and moxibustion relieved the painful symptoms of these patients with hard to treat IC.

There is hope!

Don’t hesitate to try it for yourself.

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