This condition can be described as inability to control your urination which is leading to involuntary loss of urine or urine leakage. It is very common condition, which in some cases can be debilitating. This condition can be divided into 3 main types: urge incontinence (this is happening when a hyperactive or overactive bladder causes a sudden and intense urge to urinate causing involuntary loss of urine), stress incontinence (this type of urinary incontinence is happening when physical activities like sneezing, coughing, jumping, vigorous exercise or even laughing put pressure on your bladder and it releases urine) and overflow incontinence (this is inability to completely empty the bladder, which is leading to constant or frequent dribbling of urine). There are many factors which can lead to urinary incontinence such as constipation, urinary tract infections, urinary stones, nerve damage, an overactive bladder, menopause, enlarged prostate, wakened pelvic floor muscles due to surgery or childbirth and age (the bladder muscles become weaker with increasing age). Also there are some medications, foods and drinks which can stimulate your bladder and cause temporary incontinence. This condition is not causing just embarrassment and discomfort, but also it can be harmful if the urine is left in the bladder creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Urinary incontinence is not a disease. It is a symptom of underlying disorder or condition. To get rid of this problem, you need to talk with your doctor to discover the underlying cause for it. Talk with your doctor before you start taking some of the mentioned home remedies because we do not guarantee you that they will work for you as you are expecting.
Natural cures for urinary incontinence
Buchu: This short – leaf buchu is one of the best home remedies for urinary incontinence. This is a great tonic which can help to improve the health of your urinary system. Buchu is also known as Agasthoma betulina. It has diuretic, antibacterial and anti – inflammatory properties which are making it very effective home remedy for urinary incontinence that is caused by a bladder infection. Also it can strengthen the tissues that are associated with urination and it can ease the systematic irritation. You should steep one teaspoon of this home remedy in one cup of hot water for five to ten minutes. Strain it and drink this tea a few times per day until you get positive results. If you have swelling and pain in the urinary tract, then you should not use this herb. Talk with your doctor before you try this or any other home remedy.
Gosha – jinki – gan: This is a Chinese traditional herbal medicine which can be used to treat urinary incontinence and overactive bladder. This is a combination of several different herbs. There were done 2 small studies by Japanese researchers in which were found that this herbal supplement can help improve nighttime urination, frequency and urinary urgency in people who have overactive bladder. You need to talk with your doctor before you start taking it because he or she will tell you which the proper dosage for your condition is.
Natural treatments for urinary incontinence
Yoga: It can help to tighten muscles which are controlling the urethral sphincter and it can provide benefits that are similar to Kegel exercises. We know that yoga is good for relaxation and it can give you a relief from depression and anxiety caused by urinary incontinence. There was one study which was done in 2014 and it was found that a six week yoga therapy program helped to control urinary incontinence in women who have stress incontinence. Women who have taken part in this yoga program have said that they have experienced an overall 70% reduction in the frequency of urine leakage. To control the urine incontinence, you should try yoga poses like Squat Pose (Malasana), Triangle Pose (Trikonasana), Chair Pose (Utkatasana) and Root Lock (Mula bandha). You should seek a help of yoga trainer with knowledge on pelvic floor health or you can join in a yoga class to practice yoga properly.
Vitamin D: This vitamin can be used as natural treatment for urinary incontinence because it can help to maintain muscle strength. There was study in 2010 in which was shown that women who have higher levels of Vitamin D have a lower risk of developing pelvic floor disorders in which urinary incontinence is also included. You should soak up the early morning sunlight for about ten minutes. This can help your body to make Vitamin D. Also you should eat foods that are rich in Vitamin D such as fortified milk, egg yolks oysters and fish. Also you can take Vitamin D supplements after you have talked with your doctor.
Magnesium: Magnesium can also help you to treat the urinary incontinence, especially if you have other signs of magnesium deficiency like leg cramps at night. This element is important for the muscle relaxation throughout the body. It can help to reduce the bladder muscle spasms and it can allow complete emptying of your bladder. There was one study which was done in 1998 in which was said that taking magnesium hydroxide helped women to treat the urge incontinence due to detrusor overactivity. You should take 350 mg of magnesium hydroxide supplements 2 times per day in a period of several weeks. You should talk with your doctor before you start taking this or any other supplement. You should include foods that are rich in magnesium in your diet such as yogurt, bananas, seeds and nuts. Also you can soak your body in Epsom salt bath for fifteen to twenty minutes, a few times per week. We know that Epsom salt is made of magnesium sulfate. Soaking in Epsom salt bath is allowing your body to absorb magnesium through the skin. You should stir one to two cups of Epsom salt in a bathtub filled with warm water to make this bath.
Pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises: One of the best ways that can help you to treat urinary incontinence is to exercise your pelvic floor muscles and it is very effective in the early stages. This type of exercise can help to improve the bladder control in both men and women. It is very beneficial for reducing urge incontinence and stress. You should tighten your pelvic floor muscles and hold for a count of eight. If you cannot hold for eight counts, then you should hold as longs as you can. Now, you should relax your muscles for a count of eight. You should do eight to twelve repetitions of this exercise, three times per day. We will give you a simple way which can help you to locate your pelvic floor muscles: When you are emptying your bladder, you should stop urinating in midstream and then you should start again. The muscles which you have used during this task are pelvic floor muscles. It is recommended to seek help of a physical therapist which can help you not to do this exercise in wrong way. Also the physical therapist can give you advice for the further exercises which you can do in your case. While you are doing pelvic floor exercises, you should keep the muscles in your abdomen, buttocks and thighs relaxed. You should avoid holding your breath during this exercise. Instead, you should breathe freely. You should be sure to empty your bladder before you begin this exercise.
Cleavers: This is a traditional urinary tonic which can also help in the treatment of urinary problems. It is particularly used to treat overactive bladder and cystitis. It can protect against bladder irritation because it forms a soothing coating along your bladder. You should steep two to three teaspoons of this herb in one cup of hot water for ten to fifteen minutes. You should strain it and drink this tea three times per day until you notice improvements.
Apple cider vinegar: This home remedy works as an excellent tonic for your health. It can help to remove the toxins from your body and it will fight bladder infections. Also it can assist in losing weight. When you have excess weight, then it could lead to urinary incontinence because the fat which is around your hips and abdomen places extra pressure on your bladder. You should mix one to two teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in one glass of water. You should add a little honey in it. You should drink it two or three times per day until you are satisfied with results. You should not take apple cider vinegar if irritates your bladder if you have an overactive bladder.