In a number of cases, older men and women have regained control of their bladders with techniques known as bladder training (for urge incontinence) and Kegel exercises (for stress incontinence).
Bladder training begins by scheduling a bathroom visit every two hours, whether a person needs to go or not. The interval is steadily increased by 30 minutes at a time, toward a goal of four-hour intervals. In most cases the body adapts to this schedule, eliminating incontinence. Ask your urologist for more information on how to do them properly.
One middle-aged woman I know, who only wanted her first name of Ruth used in this book, told me she received considerable help for her problem from biofeedback. This is a technique using electronic equipment that provides visual and auditory feedback to increase patient awareness and control of the bladder muscles.
She claimed that the sights and sounds of a waterfall were incentive enough to sharply focus on controlling her bladder. As a result of this strong determination to reverse the course of the falling water, her own incontinence was eventually cured.
A number of botanicals have proven helpful sometimes in treating in continence. The forms in which they’re taken often determine just how effective they may be. The list below gives both pieces of data.
- Asparagus: one cup of the water they are cooked in.
- Barberry: one cup of tea or 4 capsules.
- Black Currant: 1/2 cup of the juice.
- Buchu: one cup of tea or 3 capsules.
- Carrot: one cup of juice.
- Celery: 1/2 cup juice mixed with 1 cup carrot juice.
- Chervil: 1/2 to 1 cup of tea.
- Chickweed: one cup of tea or 2 capsules.
- Chicory: 1/2 cup of juice made from the leaves mixed with 1 cup of carrot juice; 1 cup of tea made from the root.
- Dandelion: 1/2 cup of juice made from the tender leaves and combined with 1 cup of tomato juice; 1 cup of tea made from the root; or 3 capsules.
- Garden Violet: 1 cup of tea made from the spring leaves or fall harvested rootstock.
- Horseradish: ¼ teaspoon sauce consumed with ½ slice of bread or 2 capsules.
- Juniper: 1 cup of tea periodically
- Liquorice: 2 capsules or 1 cup of tea made from the rootbark.
- Onion: 1/2 cup of tea made from the boiled bulb or 1/2 of the blub, sliced, lightly sautéed, and eaten.
- Parsley: 1/4 cup of juice mixed with 1 cup of tomato juice.
- Peach: one fresh peach peeled and eaten; 1 cup of tea made from the leaves; or 15 drops of the tincture.
- Radish: 1/4 cup of juice mixed with 1 cup of tomato juice.
- Willow: 1 cup of tea; 3 capsules; or drops of tincture.
To make tea, boil one pint of water and add 2 teaspoons of any botanicals mentioned in the list. If the plant materials are delicate (flowers and leaves), then stir them with a spoon, cover with a lid, and set aside to steep for 25 minutes.
In the other hand, if the parts are of tougher materials (seeds twigs, bark, and root) the stir, cover with lid and simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, before setting aside to steep 20 minutes. Strain and drink the amount directed twice daily, once in the morning and again in the early evening, always on an empty stomach.
Juice can be made by submitting vegetables to a Vita-mix whole food machine. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of ice cubes, secure the lid, and run for two minutes. Use the juice in the manner previously directed.
Herbal antibiotics may sometimes be necessary to treat a bacterial infection that could be associated with urinary incontinence. Some of the better ones include echinacea, goldenseal, myrrh, and wild Oregon grape. They are best taken in capsules (about 2 a day) on account of their bad tastes. Kyolic Garlic from Wakunaga of America is another perfect remedy: take 4 capsules or one tablespoon of the liquid regularly.
If over-the-counter or prescription drugs are believed to be a cause of the incontinence, consult with your doctor. He may either change the prescription or reduce the intake. An operation may be recommended by your urologist to relieve pressure on bladder nerves, reduce blockage of the urethra, or repair damaged muscles or other structures. Personally, if it were me in this same situation, I would refuse surgery and instead rely on herbs and faith-healing to correct the matter.
Adult diapers and pads are easy enough to resort to, but could actually promote complications if they’re used for a long time. Therefore, short-term applications are suggested instead. A bedside toilet will help with nighttime urgency. Avoid drinking excess fluids for two to three hours prior to retiring for the night.