Nocturnal enuresis constitutes vital social problem, concerning approx. 16.1% five-year-olds and decreasing with age to 2.2 % in the group of nineteen-year-olds(source)1. Due to the limited efficiency of drug therapy, parents of children suffering from nocturnal enuresis search for alternative solutions and acupuncture is one of them.

STRENGTH OF EVIDENCE
Power of arguments

In 2013 Egyptian physicians published their findings obtained from the group of 50 children(source)2. Acupuncture was applied in two series, 10 days each.  Children were examined every three months. After half a year, 78% children recovered and 18% showed improvement. In case of 12 children the therapy was repeated. After a year, 92% patients recovered.

Healing in 6 months

Healing in 12 months

Researchers associated in Cochrane’s CollaborationIndependent organisation, critically examining the available treatments published, in 2011, the report summarizing the clinical findings, available by that time (source)3 concerning the efficiency of various complementary forms of treatment applied in nocturnal enuresis. On completion of data analysis, the authors discovered there was the evidence of acupuncture efficiency in treating nocturnal enuresis, however still weak therefore requiring further research.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

1 Yeung CK, Sreedhar B, Sihoe JD, Sit FK, Lau J „Differences in characteristics of nocturnal enuresis between children and adolescents: a critical appraisal from a large epidemiological study.” BJU Int. 2006 May; 97(5): 1069-73.

2 Huang T, Shu X, Huang YS, Cheuk DKL. „Complementary and miscellaneous interventions for nocturnal enuresis in children”. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD005230. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005230.pub2.

3 El Koumi MA, Ahmed SA, Salama AM. „Acupuncture efficacy in the treatment of persistent primary nocturnal enuresis.” Arab J Nephrol Transplant. 2013 Sep;6(3):173-6

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