Frequent urination manifests as a symptom of a larger health issue. This symptom appears during pregnancy; as the result of a bladder, kidney, urinary tract or yeast infection; or as the body naturally ages. Some herbs can reduce the frequency with which you feel the urge to relieve yourself or the pain related to an infection. Teas, however, often increase the frequency of urination so use them as instructed and sparingly to avoid exacerbating your original problem. Marshmallow root helps cure urethritis (inflammation of uretha or difficulty urinating) and helps flush out kidney stones.
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Things you need
- Marshmallow root tea or root to make your own
Prepare an herbal tea blend that includes marshmallow root. To make your own marshmallow root tea, place 25g (approximately 28.4gr.) of the root into a litre (999ml.) of water. TeaBenefits.com recommends boiling the mixture and letting it simmer for seven to 10 minutes.
Drink marshmallow tea throughout the day, up to about a quart (4 cups) for maximum benefit.
Continue to drink the marshmallow tea for several days straight until you notice an improvement of your symptoms. Once you get your bladder back under control, you do not have to drink it everyday but more so when you notice symptoms returning. Supplement the benefits of marshmallow tea with drinking plenty of fluids and fruit juices, such as blueberry and cranberry, while drinking more water and other decaffeinated beverages.
Tips and warnings
- WebMD recommends watching your fluid intake as well as avoiding caffeinated beverages such as teas and coffees. They also warn against citric acid in fluids, as this can cause frequent urination.
- Check with your doctor to determine the underlying medical reasons for your frequent urination. Based on your doctor's diagnosis, you will want to consider taking different types of herbs or look into different treatments.
- Try doing kegel exercises, which will help strengthen your pelvic floor and reduce the frequency with which you feel you need to urinate. You can find your kegel muscle by trying to stop your urine flow midstream (don't do this too often or you will weaken the muscles). MayoClinic.com recommends doing three sets of 10 repetitions daily of kegel exercises to increase your overall pelvic strength (while reducing urinary incontinence).
- Do not start taking new herbs regularly without checking with your doctor first. Some herbs counteract the effectiveness of medications such as antidepressants and birth control pills.
- Do not take herbs if you are pregnant. Some herbs can cause major issues for your pregnancy or directly impact the health of your unborn child.
- Do not use herbs as a way to avoid seeking medical attention. Urinary tract infections can cause severe damage to your urinary system, including your kidneys and bladder, if left untreated.
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