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Acupuncture may reduce symptoms of stress urinary incontinence, study finds

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 29 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j3144
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Treating women with stress urinary incontinence with electroacupuncture—passing an electric current between acupuncture needles on the lower back—reduced urine leakage after six weeks, a randomised trial has shown.1

Previous studies have suggested that electroacupuncture is beneficial in stress urinary incontinence, but the evidence came from small trials that were poorly designed.

The new study randomly allocated 504 women (mean age 55.3) who were being treated for stress urinary incontinence at 12 hospitals in China …

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