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The Ancient Chinese Medicine Treatments of Acupuncture and Herbs Are Still Used to Treat UTI

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Despite all the technological advances made by Western medicine, one cannot deny that there are people who are more attuned in using Chinese medicine to treat their illnesses. Traditional Chinese medicine treatments date as far back as early 700 B.C. This Eastern healing tradition was first developed by Taoists.

Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, for short, is an ideal treatment for urinary tract infection (UTI), a disease that recurs on a frequent basis, and some sufferers are already reluctant to use antibiotic as their treatment. TCM can be an ideal alternative treatment for the cure of UTI.

The opposing yet complementary principles in TCM known as yin and yang were adhered to by Taoists who believe that the universe is dualistic in nature. A positive always has a negative. There is good and bad, heat and cold, and day and night.

According to the Chinese, “Yin” is known as darkness or the shady side; yang, on the other hand, represents brightness or the sunny side. Yin and yang are fundamental elements in understanding how we can cure UTI through Chinese medicine.

Practitioners of TCM need to determine what is the yin in the illness and upon knowing strive to address it, while Western medicine treats UTI through the use of antibiotics. In UTI the yin is the heat that affects the kidney.

Thus, cold, can be the remedy for kidney deficiency. This approach is actually close to that of the Western medicine model in which heat is actually the microbes that thrive when moisture and heat build-up in our underwear.

One can also associate this with the doctor’s advice of drinking lots of water to keep the kidneys hydrated. TCM is also about kidney detoxification that’s done by taking in a concoction known as Ba Sheng San which means “Eight Ingredient Powder to Rectify Urinary Disturbances”.

For severe cases of UTI, TCM uses a combination of acupuncture and herbs. The practitioner uses certain acupuncture points such as the Middle Summit point or Ren 3, a commonly used acupoint for treating UTI.

This point is located near the bladder. Another commonly used point is the Yin Tomb Spring or Spleen 9. It is found inside the tibia bone just below the knee. Inserting acupuncture needles into these points can help transform the damp heat, remove the blockage, and clear the stagnation.

Besides these TCM cures, the practitioner will advise the patient to modify his/her lifestyle. If unsafe sexual habits are the cause of the UTI, the patient will be advised to change these habits as well.

So, regardless if one’s choice of treatment is TCM or Western medicine, the approaches on how to cure UTI is always a matter of curing or rectifying the main cause of the infection.

Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.

Written by Valerie

March 28th, 2017 at 6:38 pm

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