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Overactive Bladder: Searching for a Possible Remedy
in Mother Nature’s Medicine Cabinet

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Another homeopathic approach is utilizing exercise, particularly Kegel exercise. This form of exercise should be familiar among women who have had children in recent years, since many birthing classes instruct pregnant women to do this through out their pregnancy in order to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and help decrease stress incontinence due to carrying a child and going through childbirth. These pelvic muscles will relax under your command, and will control the opening and closing of the urethral sphincter. Quite simply, these are the muscles that enable you to have urinary control. When these muscles become weak, leakage will occur. Through a continuous regimen of Kegel exercise, you can build up and strengthen the endurance of these muscles, helping you to regain bladder control. You can easily make these pelvic exercises a part of your daily routine, but you must be sure to do them regularly in order to benefit from them. Kegel exercise can be done quite discreetly, during your daily routine, like when you’re at your desk at work reading or typing, while you watch TV, or when you’re in your car and you’re stuck in traffic. In about three to six weeks, you will see an improvement with your ability to control your bladder, as well as notice less and less urine leakage. Another method used is something called “bladder training with timed voiding.” During this type of treatment, the doctor has the patient keep a daily diary of all episodes of urination and leakage. The doctor will then look at the information in order to see a pattern of urination. The patient will use a timetable created by the doctor to plan when to empty their bladder before there is the potential for a possible accident.

Herbal therapy and support can be quite helpful in soothing an irritated bladder or urethra which may be causing an overactive bladder. Here are some suggested herbs to start with, that can be used as teas:

  • Cleavers (Galium aparine) - a traditional urinary tonic. 

  • Marshmallow root (Althea officinalis) - has soothing properties, best when soaked in cold water for several hours; strain and drink.

  • Buchu - soothing diuretic and antiseptic for the urinary system. 

  • Corn silk (Zea mays) - soothing, diuretic. 

  • Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) - astringent, tissue-healing properties, mild diuretic. 

  • Usnea lichen - soothing and antiseptic.

 

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