Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing problem but it affects more people than you may think. Incontinence occurs when either the muscles or the nerves controlling the bladder fail to work properly. Stress incontinence occurs during physical activity with only a small amount of urine leaking; overflow incontinence occurs when the bladder empties completely after the bladder gets too full, and an overactive bladder which is caused by a hyperactive lining of the bladder that causes spasms.
The good news is that you can use natural remedies to treat your incontinence. There is no need to suffer!
One of the most effective remedies for urinary incontinence is Kegel exercises. These exercises were developed during the 1940s to help women that suffered from incontinence during pregnancy. The exercises strengthen the muscles that surround the opening to the bladder. To find these muscles, simply stop the flow of urine when you are in mid-pee. Once you have found the muscles, Kegel exercises involve tensing the muscles and holding them for as long as you can before releasing them. You should practice these exercises whenever you have a chance to during the day. Kegel exercises must be done regularly in order for them to remain effective.
There are several homoeopathic remedies that can be useful for urinary incontinence. These include:
Herbs may be used as dried extracts, tinctures or glycerites. Urinary astringents tone and heal the urinary tract (see herbal medicine). They are safe to take long term at the dosage of one cup per day or 30 drops of tincture. Horsetail helps with the integrity of connective tissue, while plantain is an astringent and demulcent. Marshmallow root is a urinary demulcent that is best used alone in a cold infusion.
Coffee, milk, sugar, honey, alcohol, soft drinks, tea, chocolate, spicy foods, citrus fruits and juices, and tomatoes and tomato-based products have all been associated with incontinence. If you suspect that the foods that you eat are causing or worsening your incontinence, try keeping a food diary to see if there is a pattern between the foods that you eat and the episodes of your incontinence. If there is a pattern, eliminate the offending food or drink to see if that helps. If it does, consider cutting the food out altogether.
There is much that you can do in your diet to help control your urinary incontinence. Some things that help include: