Acupuncture to treat bedwetting

Four Acupuncture Studies were reviewed by Cochrane.  One trial appeared superior to sham acupuncture. Sham acupuncture is following the process without placing the needles in the correct location. Twenty-six children out of 56 were still wet after acupuncture versus 38 out of 55 still wet after sham acupuncture.  Unfortunately, the quality of the study was poor and the follow up time frame was not documented.  It’s unclear if the patients remained dry after stopping treatment. Two small trials that compared acupuncture against two medication groups; Imipramine and Desmopressin; did not show a statistical significance to improve wetting.  In the last trial reviewed acupuncture was compared against Meclofenoxate.  Acupuncture had a lower failure rate but the study was deemed as weak.

My thoughts: Of the patients I see I can’t imagine any of them holding still for acupuncture. You want to support your child psychologically and if they have a fear of needles this could be interpreted as punishment.

Huang, T., Shu, X., Huang, Y. S., & Cheuk, D. K. (2011). Complementary and miscellaneous interventions for nocturnal enuresis in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. doi:10.1002/14651858.cd005230.pub2

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