Bladder Complaints and Acupuncture

Bladder complaints are common, mostly with women. In your daily business they can cause a lot of inconvenience. Inadvertent loss of urine, pain when urinating or having a constant urge; this can properly affect your daily functioning. You may think that these complaints are normal because you are getting older or have had one or more children. Nothing is less true.

Bladder infection

Bladder infection occurs often in women. Urine is collected in the bladder and leaves the body via the urethra. Because women have a short urinary tract, bacteria from outside can easily cause an infection of the bladder. Usually the bacteria come from the area around the anus. But bacteria can also reach the bladder from outside through the urethra during the sexual intercourse. Personal hygiene is therefore very important in the prevention of cystitis. Men can also contract bladder infections, albeit less quickly. Bladder infection in men can lead to prostate infection and visa versa. The prostate gland is located around the urethra. The symptoms of cystitis are painful and annoying. A pressure sensation in the lower abdomen and back, a constant urge to urinate, a burning sensation or pain when urinating are the most common complaints. To know if your symptoms are caused by a bladder infection, you can have a urine test done by your GP.

Restoring the balance

Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This age-old medicine is based on the insight that physical and mental complaints arise from disruptions in the body’s energy management. With acupuncture these disruptions can be repaired so the energy flow in your body is brought back into balance.

Acupuncture stimulates the body and mind to heal itself.

During an acupuncture treatment, very thin needles are placed at certain points on the body. You can hardly feel it. To increase the effect of the treatment, for example, the needles can be heated with moxa (mugwort). The needles remain in place for around twenty minutes. Acupuncture has virtually no side effects. The treatment can be supplemented with a massage, herbal therapy or dietary advice. And certainly by us you can expect as well a totally painless Laserneedle acupuncture treatment, it helps great for the bladder infection.


When we are unable or hardly able to cease to urinate (or hold our stool) we say we are incontinent. If there is a loss of urine without urgency, it is called stress or exercise incontinence. This often occurs after pregnancy or in older women, due to weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. It arises with sudden exertion such as coughing, running or laughing. Another form is urge incontinence. This occurs with women and men. There is an urge here but it is not possible to hold up the urine. Sometimes urge incontinence is caused by a bladder infection, diabetes or neurological disorder. The symptoms are very similar to those of an overactive bladder. In case of the latter there is a strong urge to go to the toilet more than eight times a day, but it is still possible to hold the urine.

Can acupuncture help with bladder complaints?

For starters the acupuncturist wants to know the cause of your symptoms. If that is clear, he can adjust the treatment accordingly.

In the case of incontinence, treatment is aimed, among other things, at increasing the muscle tone around the bladder and into the pelvic floor. In the case of cystitis the treatment is aimed at increasing your general resistance, so that bacteria are less likely to multiply. In addition, we immediately do painless laser needle acupuncture on the abdomen. In this way the inflammation is controlled. Acupuncture treatment improves the condition and functioning of the urinary tract. The major advantage of acupuncture with this type of complaint is that it also has a preventive effect. How many treatments are needed depends on the nature and severity of your symptoms. Your acupuncturist will tell you more.

Frequently asked questions

How can Acupuncture help?

More than a thousand years acupuncture has been used to remedy and improve a wide range of diseases and complaints. For an acupuncturist the approach is simple: energy either flows or it doesn’t. The symptoms show where in the body there may be a blockage and how this affects the rest of the body. In addition the acupuncturist focuses on activating the self-healing ability of our bodies.This makes acupuncture applicable for many health issues such as pain complaints, infertility, ringing in the ears, sleep disorders, skin problems, allergies, addictions, depression, menopausal complaints, burnout, RSI and so on. If you want to know how far acupuncture can help you, you are welcome to come by for a check up consultation so the acupuncturist can tell you what we can do.

How many times do I have to come?

It depends on your medical condition. In most cases you will respond faster to frequent acupuncture treatments. It is quite common to start with 1-2 times per week. Once your condition is stabilized, we can start lowering the frequency. When you come for your first consultation, we will make a specific treatment plan for you.

What does an Acupuncturist do?

The main task of an acupuncturist is to stimulate your self-healing ability. Acupuncture works by balancing the body’s Qi (a form of bioenergy that runs alongside meridians). During an acupuncture treatment, your acupuncturist inserts very thin needles into specific spots on your body, your body will receive the physiological signal from the needle to trigger a self-healing ability.

How long does it take before I notice results?

In acute complaints, an effect is noticed after 1-3 treatments on average. In the case of chronic complaints, this is after 5-10 treatments. It is important to maintain the frequency of your treatment so that you can achieve the desired results

I am pregnant, can I get Acupuncture?

Yes; acupuncture can help you during your pregnancy.

With acupuncture, pregnancy complaints are treated in a natural way and without side effects. The treatment aims to restore the energy balance in your body. Your hormones will also be brought back into balance. As a result, the complaints quickly subside. In addition, the acupuncturist will of course treat your specific complaints. Such as: nausea, headache, migraine, sleeping problems etc.

Why do I need to be treated more often in the beginning?

Acupuncture is a mild stimulation to your body. It is important to be treated often in the beginning so that there is more recovery than relapse. As soon as the symptoms decrease, the frequency decreases. As soon as the complaints do not return at all, the treatment is finished.

Advice for before and after Acupuncture?

Avoid heavy physical and/or mental exertion immediately before and immediately after the treatment, we also advise against stress immediately before and after each treatment. And please do not use alcohol or drugs immediately before or after treatment.

How much time does an appointment take?

We have three type of appointments. 

First we have a consultation combined with acupuncture. Here you and the acupuncturist have a conversation about your symptoms and the acupuncturist will diagnose your imbalances, you get an advised treatment schedule and this will be followed by your (first) acupuncture treatment. This usually takes an hour. 

There is also the follow-up treatment. The acupuncturist will treat your diagnosed symptoms according to the treatment schedule. This usually takes 45 minutes

Some people are still learning about acupuncture, they want to claim more knowledge about this method and also get to know their imbalances. Therefore you could book a consultation, this appointment takes 30 minutes.

Is Acupuncture painful?

We use extreme thin needles about the width of two human hairs for Abdominal Acupuncture. The pricks are barely noticeable. Sometimes people don't even feel where they are. Occasionally someone can perceive a strange feeling, also described as tingling, numbness, heaviness, and other feelings. We call this "DeQi" (activating energy) sensation in acupuncture, this is normal, often this feeling is over in a small matter of time.

Still afraid of needles? We have a good solution! The LaserNeedle which we often use is not invasive at all and you will not feel anything. The LaserNeedle is ideally suited for those who are afraid of needles and small children.

What does an Acupuncture treatment cost?

ChinaMedic is affiliated with the NVA (Dutch Association of Acupuncture) and treatment is reimbursed by most insurers in the supplementary. It is advisable to contact your insurer what this exactly means for you. For a full price list of all our treatments CLICK HERE

Can Acupuncture Help With Pregnancy?

Yes, acupuncture can improve your fertility as much for men as it does for women The ChinaMedic Approach with abdominal acupuncture significantly increases the chance of pregnancy both through natural conception as IUI or IVF. In both cases we also support you with nutritional advice and, if necessary, herbal therapy. A lot of clients have successfully become mothers and fathers with this treatment method. The acupuncturist will make a treatment schedule with you during your first consultation. Read more about Acupuncture and Pregnancy here.

How much time between Acupuncture?

During your first consultation, the acupuncturist will make a statement. In principle, you can do acupuncture every day. Depending on your complaints, the most applicable frequency is once or twice a week. In severe pain, the frequency is sometimes two or three times a week. In that case, it is more effective than starting with once a week. The pain sometimes returns in between (due to daily strain and stress). As you get treated more often, the pain usually gets less and less.

How do I book an appointment?

You can call our reception 020-6167615 or schedule an appointment on our website.

Are There Any Side Effects of Acupuncture?

No, if you are treated by a professional acupuncturist there are no side effects. There are sometimes reactions after acupuncture: fatigue, dizziness, emotional discharge or something we call a "Healing Crisis" during the first period. Don't worry, this means your body is showing a response and the recovery process has started. Always communicate with the acupuncturist how you are feeling.

Tip: Have a small meal in preparation for the treatment. This is good for fatigue and dizziness after the acupuncture.

What if my symptoms get worse during the treatment?

While most people notice a clear reduction in their symptoms after an acupuncture treatment, very few can experience a slight worsening of symptoms after a treatment. Do not worry, we call this a "healing crisis", your body is responding, and your energy is in motion. 

In terms of acupuncture, it means that your primary objective has been achieved, as you are changing on multiple levels from stuck to loosening. Make sure to always communicate with the acupuncturist over time how you are feeling and what the reactions are.

Why do some acupuncture points hurt more than others?

This is because of the acu-point locations on the body. Some points are just more sensitive than others! The fingers and toes have a higher concentration of nerve endings near the surface of the skin, so points on the extremities are naturally more sensitive than those closer to the center of the body.

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