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Involuntary loss of bladder control includes a range from a tiny leakage of urine as a result of, for example sneezing or laughing, to complete loss of urinary control.

Unlike many other health issues, this is a very private one and can deeply affect our quality of life. Many people are embarrassed to mention it to their health care provider, but they shouldn’t. Speak up and use all the help you can get. It doesn’t matter if a child is affected or a woman after childbirth or a mature person. Nobody should suffer in silence!

There can be a multitude of causes, ranging from psychological to physiological reasons, and, as always, physiological causes need to be addressed accordingly. Exercises, such as Kegel, should be part of a daily regime. Coffee, alcohol, and smoking can deteriorate an existing condition.

Chinese Medicine theory differentiates several potential causes of urinary stress incontinence, which can be a lack of Qi (Energy) of one or several organs (for CM enthusiasts: Lungs, Spleen, Kidney). The overwhelming majority of cases though will present with a Yang deficiency, a certain type of Cold within the body. The exact CM pathology will depend on all the symptoms present and will have to be addressed in an individualized acupuncture/ Chinese herbal approach

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