Urinary Tract Infections

As the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Zi, once said, « Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. »

In the same way, we can align ourselves with our innate natural wisdom and experience the fullness of our own potential by using acupuncture, an ancient therapeutic technique which has been used for millennia to restore balance and promote healing. It effectively addresses our underlying imbalances by awakening our inner wisdom.


Treatment with NAOKI HATTORI Traditional Japanese Therapy

Urinary tract infections (UTIs), or recurrent urinary tract infections (RUTIs), are common health problems among women. According to Western medicine, UTIs occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract and multiply, leading to symptoms such as painful or frequent urination, and a strong urge to urinate.

In the view of Traditional Oriental Medicine, on the other hand, UTIs and RUTIs are believed to be caused by an imbalance in the body’s energy, which, like a river that has been dammed, leads to stagnation in the flow of energy.

Through the precise placement of needles at specific points, e.g., SP9 (Yinlingquan), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), and ST36(Zusanli) on the leg, BL25(Dachangshu) and BL28(Pangguangshu) on the lower back, etc.., acupuncture can help to unblock that dam, stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms and restore the healthy flow of energy throughout the body. Acupuncture can be beneficial for treating and preventing UTIs and RUTIs in women, as well as relieving bladder pain due to interstitial cystitis.


The case of Madame H

Madame H is a 50-year-old female who came seeking treatment for repetitive urinary tract infection (RUTI).
In her initial consultation, she reported having a history of RUTI, which she typically treated with antibiotics. She also mentioned experiencing the need for frequent urination and having a burning sensation while urinating for several months.

According to Traditional Japanese Medicine (TJM), some UTIs and most RUTIs are caused by a “damp-heat” condition in the kidney and bladder organ, which is the area around the bladder and reproductive areas. Damp-heat is a type of inflammation that affects the normal function of the bladder and causes symptoms such as urination which is painful, urgent, burning or frequent.

Upon examination, her tongue appeared red and swollen with a yellow coating, and her pulse was rapid and slippery. These are signs of damp-heat, according to TJM diagnosis.

With this in mind, I devoted Madame H’s initial sessions to the regulation of her damp-heat congestion and the rebalancing of her overall kidney – bladder organ/meridians by means of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture.

After the first session, she reported feeling a significant reduction in her urinary problems and her other symptoms had almost disappeared. She felt more energized and had a better overall sense of well-being. After several months had passed since the first treatment, mild symptoms had returned, so a second treatment was administered. Following this, she reported having no further RUTIs, and her energy levels had significantly improved.

In TJM, UTIs and RUTIs are viewed as manifestations of an underlying imbalance in the body. By addressing the root cause and promoting a state of balance and harmony within the body, Traditional Japanese Acupuncture can not only alleviate symptoms but also support the body’s overall health and well-being.

Recent studies have confirmed that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for UTIs. Possible mechanisms explaining why acupuncture works for UTIs include modulation of the immune system and reduction of inflammation by activating specific nerve fibers, improvement of bladder function and reducing urinary retention, and stimulating the acupoints connected to the bladder meridian which regulate urination.[1,2,3]



Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as a tool for cultivating balance and harmony within the body, mind, and spirit. Through the practice of acupuncture, we can access the transformative power of nature and restore the body’s natural state of health and vitality.

If you struggle with UTIs or PUTIs and have been unable to discover a safe and effective treatment, this might be a good time for you to think about Traditional Japanese Acupuncture



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  2. Exploring the Science of Acupuncture. (2021, November 1). Exploring the Science of Acupuncture | Harvard Medical School. https://hms.harvard.edu/news/exploring-science-acupuncture
  3. Emmons, S. L., & Otto, L. (2005, July). Acupuncture for Overactive Bladder. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 106(1), 138–143. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.aog.0000163258.57895.ec