Urinary incontinence is a common problem for women as they age. Lack of oestrogen, childbearing, weight gain and bladder deterioration can all cause incontinence. This condition is categorised as either stress incontinence or urge incontinence. Stress incontinence is a condition in which activities such as coughing, sneezing or laughing cause involuntary urination. With urge incontinence, the bladder contracts no matter how full it is, giving women an intense urge to urinate. Herbal remedies can help women with bladder control.
BetterWOMAN is a 20-herb mixture that uses hormone regulation to strengthen, improve blood circulation, and increase neuromuscular function in the bladder area. In a study performed on 45 women over a two-month period, about 75 to 80 per cent of the women saw positive change in their ability to control their bladders. The herbal mixture works on both stress and urge incontinence, and frequent urination. Developed by Dr. Peipei Wishnow, the concoction is also said to improve vaginal lubrication as well as increase sexual drive and orgasms.
Hypericum perforatum, also known as St. John's wort, can be taken in 300 mg dosages two to three times daily. The herb can be taken in store-bought capsules, or you can make your own tincture at home. To make a tincture, steep St. John's wort in 20 to 400 proof alcohol for about a week; periodically shaking the container holding the mixture throughout this time will ensure adequate disbursement of the herb. After five to seven days, strain the mixture and throw out the remaining St. John's wort. Take five to 10 drops of this mixture daily.
Containing natural fatty acids and flavanoids, cleavers has been recommended by some neuropathic doctors. Used as a tonic, cleavers is an anti-inflammatory and treats diuretic problems.
Magnesium has been used to treat spasms, not only in the bladder, but also for Parkinson's patients. Magnesium increases muscle health and, when taken before bed, has been known to prevent nighttime accidents.
Traditional Herbal Remedies
Pumpkin seeds can help aid in bladder control. Pumpkin has served as a Native American medicinal solution to both women's bladder control as well as prostate problems in men. Women have also experienced improvement in menopausal symptoms after taking pumpkin. The plant is thought to have phytosterol compounds which have restorative properties.
Buchu, a plant native to South Africa, has been used since the 1100s to treat bladder control in women. Buchu is sometimes used in combination with corn silk. The two yield active natural chemicals such as diosphenol from buchu and polyphenols, flavanoids, carvacrol and maysin from corn silk.