Chronic Disease Health & Lifestyle Kidney Function Urination Issues

Acupuncture’s Influence On The Kidneys and Urinary System?

Allied Acupuncture Gold Coast at Burleigh Waters


Nov 23

What Is Acupuncture’s Influence On The Kidneys and Urinary Tract? Research science explained in plain English.

To understand acupuncture’s influence on the Kidneys and Urinary system. We’ve used the medical and science jargon, which is it’s own language. To create this plain English summary of two research trials looking at the mechanisms (how it works) of Acupuncture relating to the kidneys and the urinary tract. If you have any questions about Acupuncture or your specific condition, please e-mail me! I would love to hear from you, will give you the best response I can and may even write an article on the subject to help others.


Plain English: Japanese researchers showed that Acupuncture increased the amount of time between needing to urinate for rats with an irritated bladder by influencing certain nerves in the bladder wall. 

Scientific Explanation:Acupuncture improved inter contraction interval (ICI) in animal trials when the mucous membrane of the urinary bladder was irritated using acetic acid. This happens due to the impact on afferent C fibres 1.


Plain English: Acupuncture improved the protein filtering function of the kidneys in rats and lowered arterial pressure. This was achieved through a calming effect on the “fight or flight” response and triggering the secretion of the body’s own “happy gas”, which can dilate blood vessels.

Scientific Explanation: A Brazilian research team carried out an experiment examining the functional parameters and histology of rat’s kidneys based on a review of the influence of Acupuncture and moxibustion. The team, supervised by Josne C. Paterno, found that acupuncture’s influence on the sympathetic nervous system and secretion of nitrous oxide leads to lowered arterial pressure and decreased proteinuria 2.

I’d like to thank the Evidence Based Acupuncture for their tireless efforts analysing and clarifying Acupucnture research and for being the original source of this information. Please check out their website by clicking here for much more research into Acupuncture.

About Allied Acupuncture Gold Coast

PH: 07 5522 1691


A: 7a / 2 Executive Dr, Burleigh Waters QLD 4220

Gold Coast acupuncture clinic Burleigh Waters. Located near the major intersection of Reedy Creek Rd and Bermuda St, near Treetops Shopping Centre and Bunnings.

We’re 15km or 20 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport and 13.4km from Surfers Paradise. Midway between the M1 Motorway and the Gold Coast Highway at Burleigh Heads.

The clinic has FREE off-street parking, wheel chair access and toilet facilities.


Book online any time 24/7 or call our answering service Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm for same day appointments on 0755221691. Book an Initial Consultation and Treatment then look for your welcome e-mail.

An Initial Consultation and Treatment with Dr Scott Baker (Acupuncturist) involves discussing your health history, followed by a physical assessment, diagnosis and acupuncture treatment.
Diagnosis involves palpation of the problem area and possibly the abdomen and/or arms and legs. Chinese Medicine may also involve looking at your tongue and checking your pulse where indicated.

Available treatments: 

  • Neoclassical acupuncture using 1-3 needles
  • Biomedical acupuncture (including dry needling &/or electro acupuncture)
  • Balance method / distal acupuncture (Dr Tan / Master Tung style)

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1 Hino K, Honjo H, Nakao M, Kitakoji H „The effects of sacral acupuncture on acetic acid-induced bladder irritation in conscious rats.” Urology. 2010 Mar;75(3):730-4

2 Josne C. Paterno et al. „Electroacupuncture and Moxibustion Decrease Renal Sympathetic Nerve Activity and Retard Progression of Renal Disease in Rats” Kidney Blood Press Res 2012;35:355–364