Acupuncture can be effective in treating frequent urination. It is a system of medicine that has been around for more than 2000 years. It is based on an understanding of the body's bio-electrical impulses (qi pronounced like chee). It regulates different body systems, most obviously musculoskeletal but also nervous, endocrine, digestive, reproductive and circulatory systems.
Ms. S 73 years old, came to see me for a case of frequent urination. Given her age, Ms. S was a classic case of kidney deficiency according to Chinese organ-bowel diagnosis. The out come for such a case depends on many factors, but the quickest turn around she could expect would be after 3-months treatment, receiving two treatments a week.
The problem was that she was expecting a trip to the orient in seven weeks. She did not cherish the idea of several trips to the bathroom on a plane nor did the idea of trying to hold it while on bus trips through the Chinese countryside seem appealing.
For the first two weeks I approached the condition with acupuncture, qi-gong, and herbs. Remarkably, her frequent night urination reduced, but not at all during the day. The anxiety she felt about her impending trip seemed to be increasing. I consequently suggested that she consider EFT and she agreed.
EFT is a needle-free form of acupuncture. It involves tapping on certain acupuncture points to relieve unresolved emotional traumas and stress. It is thought to work by establishing new neural pathways around existing stress so that different emotional and physical responses become possible.
In four hourly sessions, we worked together to successfully resolve her frequent urination problem. This was accomplished by identifying a deep trauma that she had experienced at the age of 12. It was an auto accident in which she felt “trapped. " This trapped feeling was at the root of her problem, even though she had received therapy for the incident some 30 years earlier and had believed it was thoroughly resolved.
EFT differs from traditional psychological approaches to trauma and stress by accessing the bio-electrical impulses that hold a trauma in place. It is not a rational process, but a practical and creative approach that brings relief to the mind by tapping neurologically active places on the body that go directly to the mind. Individuals often find that they can connect to the possibilities of rational responses around stress and trauma once they gain emotional relief through tapping.
In the case of Ms. S this relief had to do with the feeling of being trapped which was linked to a trauma she suffered 62 years earlier.
Yang-chu Higgins, MA, EFT-Adv, is a Chinese medicine practitioner specializing in relieving insomnia and the effects of stress living in Los Angeles. You can learn more at his website, Vytal Pathways