Why acupuncture helps relieve the symptoms of cystitis:
1. Acupuncture can relax your bladder and pelvic floor muscles so that they do not contract constantly when the bladder is not yet full.
2. Acupuncture can desensitize the nerves controlling the bladder so that it does not leak small amounts of urine or become so sensitized to the irritating chemicals in the urine.
3. Acupuncture can relieve pelvic pain by stimulating your body to produce its own painkillers: endorphin, serotonin, and dopamine.
4. Acupuncture can change your perception of pain so that you focus less on when and how you can get to the bathroom. Furthermore, it reduces the pain signal in the pain processing center of your brain.