Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies for Incontinence (Urge, stress, overflow, functional)

Incontinence
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - INCONTINENCE

· General Description

· Urinary Incontinence in Men

· Urinary Incontinence in Women

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for Incontinence (Urge, stress, overflow, functional) in men & women

General description and overview of Incontinence (Urge, stress, overflow, functional)

Loss of bladder control is called urinary incontinence. It can happen to anyone, but is very common in older people. At least 1 in 10 people age 65 or older have this problem. Symptoms can range from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting. Women are more likely than men to have incontinence.

Aging does not cause incontinence. It can occur for many reasons. For example, urinary tract infections, vaginal infection or irritation, constipation, and certain medicines can cause bladder control problems that last a short time. Sometimes incontinence lasts longer. This might be due to problems such as:

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Your Bladder

The body stores urine in the bladder. During urination, muscles in the bladder contract or tighten. This forces urine out of the bladder and into a tube called the urethra that carries urine out of the body. At the same time, muscles surrounding the urethra relax and let the urine pass through. Spinal nerves control how these muscles move. Incontinence occurs if the bladder muscles contract or the muscles surrounding the urethra relax without warning.

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Urinary Incontinence (Urge, stress, overflow, functional) in Men

In childhood, girls usually develop bladder control at an earlier age than boys, and bedwetting—or nocturnal enuresis—is less common in girls than in boys. However, adult women are far more likely than adult men to experience UI because of anatomical differences in the pelvic region and the changes induced by pregnancy and childbirth. Nevertheless, many men do suffer from incontinence. Its prevalence increases with age, but UI is not an inevitable part of aging.

Urinary system in men & women


Types of Incontinence in men

There are several different types of urinary incontinence:

  • Stress incontinence happens when urine leaks during exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting heavy objects, or other body movements that put pressure on the bladder.

  • Urge incontinence happens when people can’t hold their urine long enough to get to the toilet in time. Healthy people can have urge incontinence, but it is often found in people who have diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or multiple sclerosis. It is also sometimes an early sign of bladder cancer.

  • Overflow incontinence happens when small amounts of urine leak from a bladder that is always full. A man can have trouble emptying his bladder if an enlarged prostate is blocking the urethra. Diabetes and spinal cord injury can also cause this type of incontinence.

  • Functional incontinence happens in many older people who have normal bladder control. They just have a hard time getting to the toilet in time because of arthritis or other disorders that make moving quickly difficult.

Causes

For the urinary system to do its job, muscles and nerves must work together to hold urine in the bladder and then release it at the right time.

Nervous system connecting brain & the human bladder & sphincter

Nerves carry signals from the brain to the bladder and sphincter. Any disease, condition, or injury that damages nerves can lead to urination problems.


Nerve Problems

Nerve problems can occur at any age.

  • Men who have had diabetes for many years may develop nerve damage that affects their bladder control.

  • Stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis all affect the brain and nervous system, so they can also cause bladder emptying problems.

  • Overactive bladder is a condition in which the bladder squeezes at the wrong time. The condition may be caused by nerve problems, or it may occur without any clear cause. A person with overactive bladder may have any two or all three of the following symptoms:

 

  • urinary frequency—urination eight or more times a day or two or more times at night

  • urinary urgency—the sudden, strong need to urinate immediately

  • urge incontinence—urine leakage that follows a sudden, strong urge to urinate

  • Spinal cord injury may affect bladder emptying by interrupting the nerve signals required for bladder control.

    Herbal supplements for Incontinence (Urge, stress, overflow, functional) in men & women. Many people with bladder control problems hide the problem from everyone, even from their doctor. There is no need to do that. In most cases urinary incontinence can be treated and controlled, if not cured. If you are having bladder control problems, don’t suffer in silence. Talk to your doctor.

Prostate Problems

The prostate is a male gland about the size and shape of a walnut. It surrounds the urethra just below the bladder, where it adds fluid to semen before ejaculation. Some prostrate problems include:

  • BPH: The prostate gland commonly becomes enlarged as a man ages. This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or benign prostatic hypertrophy. As the prostate enlarges, it may squeeze the urethra and affect the flow of the urinary stream. The lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with the development of BPH rarely occur before age 40, but more than half of men in their sixties and up to 90 percent in their seventies and eighties have some LUTS. The symptoms vary, but the most common ones involve changes or problems with urination, such as a hesitant, interrupted, weak stream; urgency and leaking or dribbling; more frequent urination, especially at night; and urge incontinence. Problems with urination do not necessarily signal blockage caused by an enlarged prostate. Women don’t usually have urinary hesitancy and a weak stream or dribbling.

  • Radical prostatectomy: The surgical removal of the entire prostate gland—called radical prostatectomy—is one treatment for prostate cancer. In some cases, the surgery may lead to erection problems and UI.

  • External beam radiation: This procedure is another treatment method for prostate cancer. The treatment may result in either temporary or permanent bladder problems.

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Urinary Incontinence (Urge, stress, overflow, functional) in Women

Millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine or urinary incontinence (UI). Some women may lose a few drops of urine while running or coughing. Others may feel a strong, sudden urge to urinate just before losing a large amount of urine. Many women experience both symptoms. UI can be slightly bothersome or totally debilitating. For some women, the risk of public embarrassment keeps them from enjoying many activities with their family and friends. Urine loss can also occur during sexual activity and cause tremendous emotional distress.

Women experience UI twice as often as men. Pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, and the structure of the female urinary tract account for this difference. But both women and men can become incontinent from neurologic injury, birth defects, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and physical problems associated with aging.

Older women experience UI more often than younger women. But incontinence is not inevitable with age. UI is a medical problem. Your doctor or nurse can help you find a solution. No single treatment works for everyone, but many women can find improvement without surgery.

Incontinence occurs because of problems with muscles and nerves that help to hold or release urine. The body stores urine—water and wastes removed by the kidneys—in the bladder, a balloon-like organ. The bladder connects to the urethra, the tube through which urine leaves the body.

Bladder & sphincter muscles in men & women

During urination, muscles in the wall of the bladder contract; forcing urine out of the bladder and into the urethra. At the same time, sphincter muscles surrounding the urethra relax, letting urine pass out of the body. Incontinence will occur if your bladder muscles suddenly contract or the sphincter muscles are not strong enough to hold back urine. Urine may escape with less pressure than usual if the muscles are damaged, causing a change in the position of the bladder. Obesity, which is associated with increased abdominal pressure, can worsen incontinence. Fortunately, weight loss can reduce its severity.


Types of incontinence in women

Stress Incontinence

If coughing, laughing, sneezing, or other movements that put pressure on the bladder cause you to leak urine, you may have stress incontinence. Physical changes resulting from pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause often cause stress incontinence. This type of incontinence is common in women and, in many cases, can be treated.

Childbirth and other events can injure the scaffolding that helps support the bladder in women. Pelvic floor muscles, the vagina, and ligaments support your bladder. If these structures weaken, your bladder can move downward, pushing slightly out of the bottom of the pelvis toward the vagina. This prevents muscles that ordinarily force the urethra shut from squeezing as tightly as they should. As a result, urine can leak into the urethra during moments of physical stress. Stress incontinence also occurs if the squeezing muscles weaken.

Stress incontinence can worsen during the week before your menstrual period. At that time, lowered estrogen levels might lead to lower muscular pressure around the urethra, increasing chances of leakage. The incidence of stress incontinence increases following menopause.

Side view of female pelvic muscles

Side view of female pelvic muscles

Urge Incontinence

If you lose urine for no apparent reason after suddenly feeling the need or urge to urinate, you may have urge incontinence. A common cause of urge incontinence is inappropriate bladder contractions. Abnormal nerve signals might be the cause of these bladder spasms.

Urge incontinence can mean that your bladder empties during sleep, after drinking a small amount of water, or when you touch water or hear it running (as when washing dishes or hearing someone else taking a shower). Certain fluids and medications such as diuretics or emotional states such as anxiety can worsen this condition. Some medical conditions, such as hyperthyroidism and uncontrolled diabetes, can also lead to or worsen urge incontinence.

Involuntary actions of bladder muscles can occur because of damage to the nerves of the bladder, to the nervous system (spinal cord and brain), or to the muscles themselves. Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and injury—including injury that occurs during surgery—all can harm bladder nerves or muscles.


Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder occurs when abnormal nerves send signals to the bladder at the wrong time, causing its muscles to squeeze without warning. Voiding up to seven times a day is normal for many women, but women with overactive bladder may find that they must urinate even more frequently.
Specifically, the symptoms of overactive bladder include.

  • urinary frequency—bothersome urination eight or more times a day or two or more times at night

  • urinary urgency—the sudden, strong need to urinate immediately

  • urge incontinence—leakage or gushing of urine that follows a sudden, strong urge

  • nocturia—awaking at night to urinate

Functional Incontinence

People with medical problems that interfere with thinking, moving, or communicating may have trouble reaching a toilet. A person with Alzheimer’s disease, for example, may not think well enough to plan a timely trip to a restroom. A person in a wheelchair may have a hard time getting to a toilet in time. Functional incontinence is the result of these physical and medical conditions. Conditions such as arthritis often develop with age and account for some of the incontinence of elderly women in nursing homes.


Homeopathic medicines for Incontinence (Urge, stress, overflow, functional) in men & women. Overflow incontinence happens when the bladder doesn’t empty properly, causing it to spill over. Your doctor can check for this problem. Weak bladder muscles or a blocked urethra can cause this type of incontinence. Nerve damage from diabetes or other diseases can lead to weak bladder muscles; tumors and urinary stones can block the urethra. Overflow incontinence is rare in women.

Other Types of Incontinence


Stress and urge incontinence often occur together in women.
Combinations of incontinence and this combination in particular are sometimes referred to as mixed incontinence. Most women don’t have pure stress or urge incontinence, and many studies show that mixed incontinence is the most common type of urine loss in women.

Transient incontinence is a temporary version of incontinence. Medications, urinary tract infections, mental impairment, and restricted mobility can all trigger transient incontinence. Severe constipation can cause transient incontinence when the impacted stool pushes against the urinary tract and obstructs outflow. A cold can trigger incontinence, which resolves once the coughing spells cease.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Incontinence (Urge, stress, overflow, functional)


Medications such as antibiotics are often used to treat incontinence. However antibiotics have also been shown to disrupt the bodies natural ‘good’ bacteria (so always take pro-biotics along with any antibiotics you are prescribed).

More advanced incontinence can be treated with surgery but these procedures carry certain risks such as infection or trauma to nearby organs.

Herbal and homeopathic remedies provide a natural alternative to antibiotics by supporting the body’s natural balance and toning the entire urinary system. Herbs such as Astragalus membranaceous and Equisetum arvense have a beneficial effect on the immune system and promote healthy bladder functioning. Homeopathic ingredients such as Calcium fluor, Nat. phos and Nat.sulph maintain the healthy functioning of the bladder, liver, pancreas and prostate. Alternative treatments such as biofeedback can also lessen incontinence.

  • Calcium fluor. (D6) is a biochemic tissue salt which helps to support tone and maintain elasticity in all cells and body tissues. It can help to maintain tone in the uterus after pregnancy and support bladder functioning in all ages, including the elderly. Calc. flour. is also useful in the maintenance of prostate health.

  • Nat. phos. (D6) is another biochemic tissue salt which is often recommended to help with the maintenance of natural PH balance in the body. Nat. phos. is a natural choice for urinary system health, helping to maintain healthy PH levels in the urine, as well as the health of bladder tissue. Nat. phos acts as an invaluable tonic for the bladder, gallbladder, and kidneys.

  • Nat. sulph. (D6) is a biochemic tissue salt, also known as the 'cell cleanser' because it helps to maintain balance of all body fluids. It has many uses and supports the health of the liver, pancreas, urinary tract system, respiratory system and digestive system. 

  • Astragalus membranaceous is an herb which has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many centuries. Recent research confirms the positive effect of Astragalus on immune functioning. Other benefits include the excellent tonic properties of this herb. Astragalus also helps in the maintenance of normal blood pressure and healthy blood sugar levels.

  • Equisetum arvense has been used since the time of the Ancient Greeks. Recent studies have confirmed that the leaves of this ancient plant are rich in silica. Equisetum is well known for its beneficial tonic effect on the urinary tract and prostate and can help to maintain the tone of the walls of the bladder and urethra and support healthy bladder functioning.

   

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Dietary recommendations & restrictions in Incontinence (Urge, stress, overflow, functional)

  • Cranberries and blueberries contain substances that keep bacteria from adhering to the bladder. This may help prevent infections that can make incontinence worse, while also deodorizing urine.

  • Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes), and vegetables (such as squash and bell peppers).

  • To avoid constipation, eat more high fiber foods, including beans, oats, root vegetables (such as potatoes and yams), and psyllium seed. Remember, constipation or chronic constipation might lead to incontinence.

  • Eat fewer red meats and more lean meats, cold-water fish, tofu (soy, if no allergy) or beans for protein.

  • Cut down on oxalate-containing foods, such as spinach, rhubarb, beets, nuts, chocolate, black tea, wheat bran, strawberries, and beans.

  • Include foods rich in magnesium and low in calcium, such as barley, bran, corn, rye, oats, soy, brown rice, avocado, banana, and potato, for better muscle support.

  • Use healthy cooking oils, such as olive oil or vegetable oil.

  • Reduce or eliminate trans-fatty acids, found in commercially baked goods such as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine. Instead use Omega-3 fatty acids rich foods like cold-water fish such as salmon or halibut.

  • Avoid coffee and other stimulants, alcohol, and tobacco.

  • Drink 6 - 8 glasses of filtered water daily.

  • Exercise moderately, if tolerated, for at least 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week.

  • Probiotic supplement (containing Lactobacillus acidophilus), 5 - 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units) a day, for maintenance of gastrointestinal and immune health. You should refrigerate your probiotic supplements for best results.

  • You may take supplements of Acetyl-L-carnitine, 500 mg daily, for antioxidant and muscle protective activity.

Natural & alternative cures for Incontinence (Urge, stress, overflow, functional) in men & women. Avoid refined foods such as white breads, pastas, and sugar. These foods are in general unhealthy for most of the people due to the redundant lifestyle they lead, and in particular for those with digestive problems, particularly constipation.

Dos and don'ts (precautionary measures) in Incontinence (Urge, stress, overflow, functional)

No single treatment works for everyone. Your treatment will depend on the type and severity of your problem, your lifestyle, and your preferences, starting with the simpler treatment options. Many men regain urinary control by changing a few habits and doing exercises to strengthen the muscles that hold urine in the bladder. If these behavioral treatments do not work, you may choose to try medicines or a continence device—either an artificial sphincter or a catheter. For some men, surgery is the best choice.

Behavioral Treatments

For some men, avoiding incontinence is as simple as limiting fluids at certain times of the day or planning regular trips to the bathroom—a therapy called timed voiding or bladder training. As you gain control, you can extend the time between trips. Bladder training also includes Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles, which help hold urine in the bladder. Extensive studies have not yet conclusively shown that Kegel exercises are effective in reducing incontinence in men, but many clinicians find them to be an important element in therapy for men.

Kegel exercises

The first step is to find the right muscles. Imagine that you are trying to stop yourself from passing gas. Squeeze the muscles you would use. If you sense a “pulling” feeling, those are the right muscles for pelvic exercises.

Do not squeeze other muscles at the same time or hold your breath. Also, be careful not to tighten your stomach, leg, or buttock muscles. Squeezing the wrong muscles can put more pressure on your bladder control muscles. Squeeze just the pelvic muscles.

Pull in the pelvic muscles and hold for a count of 3. Then relax for a count of 3. Repeat, but do not overdo it. Work up to 3 sets of 10 repeats. Start doing your pelvic muscle exercises lying down. This position is the easiest for doing Kegel exercises because the muscles then do not need to work against gravity. When your muscles get stronger, do your exercises sitting or standing. Working against gravity is like adding more weight.

Be patient. Do not give up. It takes just 5 minutes, three times a day. Your bladder control may not improve for 3 to 6 weeks, although most people notice an improvement after a few weeks.

Front view of bladder. Weak pelvic muscles allow urine leakage (left). Strong pelvic muscles keep the urethra closed (right).

 Front view of bladder. Weak pelvic muscles allow urine leakage (left). Strong pelvic muscles keep the urethra closed (right).


Bladder Control Training


Your doctor may suggest you try to get back control of your bladder through training. With bladder training you can change how your bladder stores and empties urine. There are several ways to do this:

  • Biofeedback helps you become more aware of signals from your body. This may help you regain control over the muscles in your bladder and urethra. Biofeedback can be used to help teach pelvic muscle exercises.

  • Timed voiding and bladder trainingalso can help you control your bladder. In timed voiding, you keep a chart of urination and leaking to determine the pattern. Once you learn that, you can plan to empty your bladder before you might leak. When combined with biofeedback and pelvic muscle exercises, these methods may help you control urge and overflow incontinence.

Herbal & homeopathic cures for Incontinence (Urge, stress, overflow, functional) in men & women. UI should not cause embarrassment. It is a medical problem, like arthritis and diabetes. Your health care provider can help you find a solution. You may also find it helpful to join a support group. In many areas, men dealing with the aftereffects of prostate cancer treatment have organized support groups. Other organizations to help people with incontinence exist as well.


Management

Besides bladder control training, there are several other ways to help manage incontinence:

  • Sometimes doctors suggest a small, throwaway patch; a small, tampon-like urethral plug; or a vaginal insert called a pessary for women with stress incontinence.

  • A doctor can prescribe medicines to treat incontinence. Some drugs prevent unwanted bladder contractions. Some relax muscles, helping the bladder to empty more fully during urination. Others tighten muscles in the bladder and urethra to cut down leakage. These drugs can sometimes cause side effects such as dry mouth, eye problems, or urine buildup. Vaginal estrogen may be helpful in women after menopause. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and side effects of using any of these medicines for a long time.

  • A doctor can inject an implant into the area around the urethra. The implant adds bulk. This helps close the urethra to reduce stress incontinence. Injections may have to be repeated after a time because your body slowly gets rid of these substances.

  • Sometimes surgery can improve or cure incontinence if it is caused by a problem such as a change in the position of the bladder or blockage due to an enlarged prostate. Common surgery for stress incontinence involves pulling the bladder up and securing it. When stress incontinence is serious, the surgeon may use a wide sling. This holds up the bladder and narrows the urethra to prevent leakage.

  • You can now buy special absorbent underclothing. It is not bulky and can be worn easily under everyday clothing.

Vaginal Devices for Stress Incontinence

One of the reasons for stress incontinence may be weak pelvic muscles, the muscles that hold the bladder in place and hold urine inside. A pessary is a stiff ring that a doctor or nurse inserts into the vagina, where it presses against the wall of the vagina and the nearby urethra. The pressure helps reposition the urethra, leading to less stress leakage. If you use a pessary, you should watch for possible vaginal and urinary tract infections and see your doctor regularly.

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in Incontinence (Urge, stress, overflow, functional)

N-Con Tonic™

Support and maintain healthy bladder control naturally.

Product Details