Ayurvedic Treatment for Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is a health disorder suffered by children and adults. Losing control of bladder and involuntary leakage of urine is known as urinary incontinence.
It can be a very embarrassing situation and many do not bother to go for treatment. Women suffer the most from this problem than men. Most older people also suffer from this disease.
Some have leakage of few urine drops while others may suffer from uncontrollable strong urge to pass urine. The cause for this can be due to several reasons.
Some causes of Bladder Leakage
One cause can be due to psychological problems like insecure feeling, stress, tension, and depression.
Other causes can be due to neurologic injury, pregnancy, child birth, menopause, excess weight, birth defects, and ageing. It can also cause due to certain problems like weak or overactive bladder muscles, blockage, and damage of the nerves that help to control the bladder.
The muscles and nerves help to hold the urine in the bladder. The nerves take the signals from the brain to the bladder and sphincter. Then urine is brought out at the time you want to pass urine. If there is any damage or injury in the nerve, it can lead to uncontrollable leakage of urine.
Though urinary incontinence is not a serious disease, it can be the symptom of certain ailments. These are urinary tract infection, stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease. It can also be due bladder cancer. Therefore, you should not be ashamed to talk about this matter to a doctor. After examining you the doctor might ask you to undergo certain tests to find out the exact reason.
The major part of the treatment for urinary incontinence is to avoid alcohol, smoking, caffeine, sweets, and carbonated drinks. Also reduce excess weight, practice stress management by doing exercise regularly, yoga and meditation.
Some Plants used in Treating Urinary Incontinence
There are some Ayurvedic plants to help you in treating urinary incontinence.
Bhallataka: This herb is useful in treating urinary incontinence. Start with a small dose to find out whether you are allergic to it. Then you can gradually increase the dose up to 5 grams per day. You can take this along with milk.
Ashwagandha: Its diuretic agent helps in proper excretion of the urine and thereby cleaning the urinary tract. People suffering from urinary tract infection frequently will find this herb beneficial.
Sesame seeds: Include sesame seeds in your daily diet. It will help you to control the urine. You can safely have up to one tablespoon of sesame seeds a day but not more than that.
These Ayurvedic plants and remedies are beneficial in reducing the problem of urinary incontinence. Apart from this, there is a normal process that you can do at home to treat this problem.
Things to Try at Home
You can try to control the urine. Reduce the frequency of going to toilet.
You may not succeed by the first few attempts and sometimes it might take up to one month to regain the control of urine. You should keep trying to hold the urge to pass urine for some time and gradually you can increase the time for controlling your bladder. Gather enough patience to do this treatment which you can succeed in a month or so.
Another method is to do a yoga called ‘ashwini mudra’. This is done by contracting your genitals and holding it for five to ten seconds as you do to hold urine, and then release. This exercise can be done daily starting from five times a day and gradually increase the number of times. This is a good yoga exercise that will help you regain the control of your bladder.
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