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Acupuncture is comparable to drug treatment for reducing urinary frequency in patients with overactive bladder, report authors from Hong Kong. Seven trials involving 695 participants were included in their systematic review. Meta-analysis showed that acupuncture was comparable to drugs (tolterodine tartrate/solifenacin) in the reduction of micturition episodes over 24 hours, increase in voided volume of each micturition episode, and reduction of overactive bladder symptom score. However, acupuncture was not significantly different from placebo needling (at either the same points as the intervention groups, or non-acupuncture points 15 mm from the verum acupuncture points) without eliciting deqi sensation, for reducing overactive bladder symptom score. Cilao BL-32, Guanyuan REN-4, Sanyinjiao SP-6, Yinlingquan SP-9, Pangguangshu BL-28, Shenshu BL-23 and Zhongji REN-3 were the most commonly used points.

Acupuncture for overactive bladder in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acupunct Med. 2019 Aug 21:acupmed2017011528