Homeopathic Remedy for Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a condition that is characterised by weak sphincter muscles and the loss of voluntary control of the bladder. So often, urinary incontinence is seen as an old person's disease, but young people can suffer from it as well. Being overweight, eating the wrong foods and stress are some of the key factors that can contribute to the onset of urinary incontinence. Thankfully, there are a number of homeopathic remedies that can help alleviate symptoms associated with this disorder.

Types of Incontinence

There are several forms of urinary incontinence, such as stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overflow incontinence. Stress incontinence can be brought on by coughing, sneezing, laughing, heavy lifting and stressful situations. Urge incontinence is a condition that causes the bladder to contract involuntarily. An unexpected or overpowering urge to urinate and unprompted urination are common symptoms of this disorder. If you resist the urge to urinate for too long, you may experience another kind of urinary leakage called overflow incontinence. Older men tend to experience this condition more often. Symptoms of overflow incontinence may include the inability to urinate, even when you feel the urge; urine leakage, even after emptying the bladder; urinating frequently at night and a feeling that your bladder is never empty.

Homeopathic Remedies

When looking for the right homeopathic medicine for urinary incontinence, it's best to know the underlying cause. Is it due to stress, prostate problems, vaginitis? Depending on which it is, a homeopathic practitioner might give you causticum, natrum muriaticum or sepia for stress incontinence. Typically a medium potency dose for acute symptom relief is three tablets of 30C every 4 hours until symptoms are resolved. Take a dose of pareira if you have an enlarged prostate. If your symptoms don't improve after three doses, your homeopathic practitioner may need to provide a new remedy.

Equisetum, also known as horsetail, is an effective homeopathic treatment used for children and adults struggling with bed wetting and for people with weak bladders, especially the elderly and older women. Other symptoms may include a full bladder sensation, pain following urination, dark urine and unrelenting dull pain, even after urination. Sitting, moving around, applying pressure or being touched can worsen the condition. Usually, children who wet their bed at night can take 30C, a medium potency, every night before bedtime. To strengthen the bladder, children and adults can take 5 to 10 drops of Equisetum, a lower potency, two times daily. Pulsatilla is also a good option for children and adults dealing with incontinence. Contact a homeopathic practitioner for the proper dosage based on your specific disorder.

If you choose to buy homeopathic remedies online or at your local natural health store, read the product labels and instructions very carefully. Dosages may vary depending on the product. When in doubt, get help from a qualified naturopathic doctor, a homeopathic practitioner, or your medical doctor.

See your Physician

Visit your physician before taking any alternative medicines. Some of these natural treatments may interact with over-the-counter and prescription medications.

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About the Author

Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.