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Acupuncture could be an alternative to catheterisation for the treatment of postpartum urinary retention, according to an Israeli research team. In a randomised case-controlled trial, 55 postpartum women with urinary retention were given the choice of treatment by acupuncture or catheterisation. Individualised acupuncture treatment was performed based on TCM theory. In the acupuncture group, 92% of women achieved spontaneous micturition within one hour of treatment.

Acupuncture for the treatment of post-partum urinary retention. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2018 Apr;223:35-38.


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