What Options Exist for Bladder Treatment?
In Traditional Western Medicine, bladder treatment can take a number of different forms depending on the presenting issue. For example, urinary tract infections are treated with antibiotics. Many people have frequent recurrences of urinary tract infections and some infections can be very resistant to even aggressive antibiotic treatment, often requiring lengthy use of antibiotics and increasing the risk of unpleasant side effects.
Bladder treatment for functional disorders such as cystitis, incontinence and bed wetting starts with addressing symptomatic relief and an attempt to reduce the bladder dysfunction. Pain relievers, antispasmodics and drying agents may be prescribed for the appropriate problem. Often, central nervous system acting drugs are used in an attempt to relieve associated emotional stress if the symptoms are inadequately managed by the drugs.
Conventional bladder treatment for cancer of the bladder is diagnosed by obtaining a biopsy. Screening tests for cancers are still controversial regarding interpretation, intervention and treatment. Biopsy-proven cancer is treated according to its stage, size and type, metastatic or not. Cancer bladder treatment options include surgical removal of the organ, radiation, chemotherapy and symptomatic treatment. All of these interventions carry the potential for side effects and need to be carefully reviewed and understood before the selection of an option.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, improving the performance of the organ systems responsible for normal circulation of fluids and nutrients throughout the lower abdomen is the primary focus of bladder treatment.
Digestive problems or poor diet choices are major contributors to the formation of many of these disorders. Therefore, bladder treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine includes all necessary changes in your diet to begin correcting the problem, as well as preventing its return. Avoiding fatty foods, red meat, alcohol and sweets is important, especially when symptoms are active.
Chinese Medicine bladder treatment also includes acupuncture and herbs. Focusing on improving circulation and diminishing the excess fluid congestion allows the body to function more normally. Secondary symptoms of pain and inflammation (heat, pain, changes in urine color) are also addressed at the same time, usually in the same herbal or acupuncture formula.
With Traditional Chinese Medicine, many people experience significant improvement in their symptoms even when conventional Western bladder treatment has proven unsatisfactory. Integration of Chinese with Western treatments is frequently used to achieve better results with lower doses of Western drugs.
What Is a Bladder Disorder?
In Traditional Western Medicine, bladder disorders occurring in both sexes and all ages are grouped into the diagnostic categories of urinary tract infections (UTI), functional (cystitis, incontinence, bed wetting, etc.) or cancer. The first two are common and can usually be diagnosed readily with standard tests. Bladder cancer requires a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, prostate and bladder problems are recognized as deriving from one primary imbalance, identified in Chinese medicine as “the root cause.” The root cause derives from an excess of different body fluids accumulating abnormally in various tissues in the lower abdomen. The anatomical location and organ with the most compromised circulation experiences pain and other symptoms due to the fluid accumulation or dampness. The longer the fluid remains congested, the greater the likelihood of secondary complications that can aggravate the original problem.
What Are the Symptoms of Bladder Problems?
Both sciences recognize the same basic symptoms associated with bladder problems. Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy is noted for a weaker urine stream and inadequate bladder emptying. Infections of the bladder are typically associated with pain (burning, cramping, itching) and change of color of the urine. The symptoms of problems in the functional category are those connecting normal bladder control, which may or may not be painful. Cancers of the bladder can range from almost no symptoms in the early stages to bloody urine, back and lower abdominal pain, and widespread effects throughout the body in the later stages.
Common Conditions Affecting the Bladder
- Urinary incontinence – loss of control of the bladder
- Infection – a urinary tract infection in the bladder (also known as cystitis)
- Interstitial cystitis – chronic infection in which the bladder wall becomes inflamed and irritated. Urination becomes painful and more frequent
- Bladder cancer – the 6th most common cancer in the US
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You don’t need to suffer with bladder disorders any longer. If you’d like to find out more about bladder treatment that really works or how Sedona Synergy Medicine can help you with your specific health issues, call Dr. Ritchie for a free local or remote phone consultation today.
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