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Acupuncture In Unexplained Urinary Retention And Sluggish Bowel
      07/28/03 03:09 PM
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Acupuncture In Unexplained Urinary Retention And Sluggish Bowel
Muzaffar K. Awan, MD

ABSTRACT

Background
Auricular therapy is used in many conditions to provide relief from symptoms and to increase patient function.

Objective
To describe the use of auricular acupuncture in a patient with urinary retention and sluggish bowel of unknown etiology.

Design, Setting, and Patient
A 39-year-old woman with urinary retention of 3 weeks duration requested acupuncture to relieve her bladder retention and restore voiding.

Intervention
The patient's only treatment consisted of a 40-minute auricular acupuncture session. Left ear points selected were: thoracic, lumbar, and sacral vertebrae, urethra, urinary bladder, kidney, smooth muscle, cerebral cortex, and 3 parts of the trunk. Right ear points selected were: 2nd urethra, pelvic plexus, ureter, inferior mesenteric sympathetic ganglion, Shenmen, liver, and brain.

Main Outcome Measure
Restoration of bladder and bowel function, including elimination of the need for self-catheterization.

Results
Within an hour after treatment, the patient reported elimination of urinary retention and restoration of normal voiding function. By the 3rd day after treatment, bowel and bladder functions were at their premorbid level. This patient was followed up for 12 weeks without any relapse.

Conclusion
Auricular acupuncture was effective in the treatment of this patient with unexplained urinary retention and sluggish bowel function.

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