Health experts and authorities have demonstrated concern about the rising danger of antibiotic resistance among people suffering from urinary tract infection or UTI. They even seriously think that this is one of the reasons why UTI, especially among women, has become a persistent or acute disease.
The United States, in itself, has already around 11 million people with acute UTI, even with the 800-fold increase in sales of over-the-counter antibiotics ever since the US Food and Drug Authority OK’d its sale even without medical prescription. The medical world believes that the overuse of antibiotics for treating UTI is the primary main reason for the growing failure of antibiotic drugs in curing this disease.
These days, physicians permit some of their UTI patients to consider trying alternative types of therapies especially when the antibiotics they are using use do not work anymore. However, this consent is attached with the condition that the patients need to first consult with their doctor before trying these alternative therapies out. One of the most recommended and safest types of alternative therapy is acupuncture.
Clinical tests and medical studies have been done for many years to help give support for acupuncture as an ideal treatment for urinary tract infection. The clinical studies’ outcomes performed by medical researchers in Norway (the University of Bergen) showed that acupuncture had significantly reduced symptoms of UTI in women by 75%.
The acupuncture therapies were randomly performed on the subjects, who were all women. The therapies involved the insertion of acupuncture needles on the lower extremities or the lower stomach that have adhered to the diagnosis of TCM or traditional Chinese medicine. The treatments were given for a month two times a week and recurrence of any UTI flare ups after the acupuncture therapy was properly noted for half a year.
Impressive outcomes revealed that 73% of the subjects who were given acupuncture treatment were cured of their condition as opposed to a 52% rate of success among subjects who received other non-acupuncture kinds of treatments for their UTI. The researchers believe that the proven efficacy of acupuncture in resolving UTI is due to acupuncture’s ability to lower the level of residue in the urine. The results, according to TCM viewpoint is attributed to vital energy or qi improving its circulation in the body especially in the lower stomach.
What is Chi or Qi?
According to traditional Chinese medicine, qi refers to vital elements that include life giving substances, comprising the human body. Therefore qi may mean the very important or vital elements in any area of the body and other life providing substances like water and food.
Scientific findings regarding the decrease of urine residues among subjects who were given acupuncture therapy, is considered very encouraging news. This finding gives UTI sufferers a better way of treating their condition using a non-conventional form of treatment. However, these outcomes do not negate the need for the individual to consult with his/her doctor first before resorting to acupuncture treatment to resolve their condition.
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