Incontinence is often viewed as a condition considered embarrassing.
There are medications and medical treatments that can assist people with this condition. Unfortunately, it may not be enough. Holistic remedies are becoming more popular and may complement modern medicine. However, we always advise people to consult with their doctor first, thus ensuring they won't interfere with prescribed medications. Let's explore home remedies for male and female incontinence.
Few people are aware but behavioural therapy can assist with urinary incontinence. This approach includes meditation, hypnotherapy, behavioural therapy and can be performed in conjunction with each other and medical treatment. Combining these two approaches can help assist in how people manage their feelings relating to incontinence. Guided meditation can help relax their breathing, mind and body. Many find combining alternative approaches with clinical treatments are highly beneficial.
It is always worth discussing with your doctor regarding combining alternative medical approaches and home remedies with medical treatment. Many find this combined approach can provide a fantastic, well-rounded treatment for your incontinence. Adding natural remedies and behavioural therapies ensures all areas are covered from a psychological, neural and functional point of view. Incontinence does not just impact a person physically but also mentally, and a well-rounded approach can help improve overall wellbeing.
For more than a millennia, Chinese medicine has treated incontinence. Acupuncture has been used as an option for those with urinary incontinence ailments. Acupuncture uses special needles that are exceptionally fine and are inserted in specific areas of the body. Acupuncture aims to enhance the flow of "chi" (energy) around the body. Acupuncture can be performed once to twice a week.
Guided imagery aims to change and enhance how a person thinks and is a part of cognitive therapy. A qualified practitioner encourages a patient to relax their mind through thought and imagery. Typically, nature sounds and soothing music are used to help relax a patient's mind to better cope with both physical and mental conditions. For example, it can reduce the urge to urinate and help relax the bladder.
Carrying excess weight can also place additional stress on the bladder. This added pressure can cause incontinence. Normal occurrences and activities such as sneezing, laughing, lifting a heavy object can accompany urine leaks. Exercise is beneficial for sustained weight management and can therefore assist with incontinence. According to the National Association for Continence, women saw up to 50% improved bladder control who lost 10% of their body weight, highlighting weight management is an essential aspect of managing incontinence.
Snacks And Beverages To Avoid
Many who suffer from incontinence initially opt to drink less, thinking they will urinate less. This, however, is not recommended as it leads to concentrated urine, which can cause bladder irritation. It is therefore advisable to stay hydrated. Let's take a look at foods to avoid so the bladder is not irritated, which can cause incontinence:
- Alcoholic drinks
- Artificial sweeteners
- Caffeinated tea
- Any spicy foods
- Fizzy Soft drinks
- Citrus fruits
- Energy Drinks
We are all different, and what impacts one person may have the opposite response on another person. So, it is best to test through trial and error which foods and drinks cause incontinence. It is advised not to drink for 2-3 hours before going to bed to get a good night's rest.
Chinese Kohki Tea
Kohki tea is a sweet tea that is high in antioxidants. It is found in southern China from a sub-tropical plant. It has been suggested to have a positive effect on the bladder. According to the Journal of Urology, Kohki tea had a beneficial response to bladder functionality.
It is best to stay clear of beverages that may upset your bladder and instead drink more of the below, which are highly beneficial to the bladder.
- Plain water
- Barley water
- Caffein-free tea
- Diluted cordial
- Soy milk
- Cranberry juice
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like pumpkin seeds possess anti-inflammatory properties. According to the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, abnormal urinary function significantly improved by consuming these seeds, including reducing incontinence. In addition, a Japanese study discovered that both soybean extract and pumpkin seeds could also decrease incontinence.
Urge incontinence has vastly been improved thanks to capsaicin. Capsaicin is found in the fleshy area of chilli peppers. Capsaicin is frequently employed to treat pelvic discomfort, which is a symptom of incontinence. Urological studies suggest that capsaicin treatment can enhance bladder hold from 106ml to 302ml, almost triple the storage.
Corn silk has been used from Europe to Asia to treat various ailments, including bedwetting and bladder irritation. According to the International Continence Society, the mucous membranes in the urinary tract may be strengthened and restored by consuming corn silk and preventing incontinence.
Chinese Herbal Blends
Chinese medicine has for many centuries treated bladder conditions, including incontinence. A concoction of 10 traditional Chinese herbs comprises a special blend called Gosha-jinki-gan (GJG).
GJG has been noted to improve bladder control significantly. Several studies suggest consuming 7.5mg a day can positively affect the daytime frequency of your bladder. Multiple studies in the field of urology have examined the use of GJG and support this finding.
Another blend that has been known to improve bladder functionality is Hachimi-jio-gan. Composed of eight herbal ingredients similar to GJG, it has been found to enhance muscular contraction and assist with leaking issues. In addition, studies suggest hachimi-jio-gan's can help with stress incontinence.
Once again, it is advisable to follow your doctor's advice which will help to ensure side effects are minimal, and you should discuss alternative treatments, herbs, or supplements with your doctor. It is also well worth mentioning that there are many products to assist with incontinence such as incontinence pads, pull up pants and adult diapers that can help people lead a normal life.
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