If you’re having difficulty dealing with the symptoms of urinary incontinence, numerous treatment options are available that can help. If you would prefer to stay away from medications or surgery, there are a number of natural incontinence remedies available that can make it possible to control the symptoms of this condition. Here are a few for you to try:
Many yoga poses help to strengthen and relax the muscles in the pelvic floor, and both of these actions improve incontinence, according to a “Yoga Journal” article. Also, the relaxation yoga provides your mind and body can help with this condition. Try these poses in particular:
- Cat-Cow pose
- Reclining Bound Angle pose
- Corpse pose
- Garland pose
- Easy pose, focusing on accentuating the way the pelvic falls as you inhale and lifts as you exhale
Visit our blog on incontinence yoga for more on this method of treatment.
The main exercise doctors will recommend to help manage incontinence is the Kegel exercise. This all-natural exercise can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and improve leakage. The Office on Women’s Health recommends that you:
- Tighten your genital area muscles by imagining that you are trying to stop urinating and then relax the muscles
- Hold the muscle squeeze for three seconds and relax for three seconds, performing this exercise for three sets, with 10 times in each set
- Perform these exercises consistently to strengthen the muscles
A health professional can teach you how to perform these exercises correctly.
The herb St. John’s wort is used for incontinence, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. You could take this in a number of forms, including:
- Herbal tea
- Glycerine or alcohol extracts
The UMMC warns that this herb affects numerous medications, can affect your mood and should not be taken during pregnancy, so it’s best to talk to your doctor before taking it.
Acupuncture practitioners see incontinence as an imbalance within the body. To fix this, the practitioner will insert acupuncture needles into certain areas of the body that coincide with the condition, including the kidneys, liver, bladder and other organs, Amber Addison explains in an article for the National Association for Continence.
The idea is that acupuncture helps energy flow throughout the body and balances the different parts of the body. Your acupuncturist might also give you Chinese herbs to go along with the acupuncture sessions.
Certain lifestyle changes can improve incontinence symptoms, according to the UMMC. Eating cranberries and blueberries can help because they prevent bacteria from thriving in the bladder. Drink plenty of water, but stay away from caffeine, alcohol, and soda. Also, certain items can worsen symptoms, so you might need to stay away from spicy and acidic foods, tobacco, and artificial sweeteners. Finally, regularly exercising for 30 minutes a day or more, five times a week can help.
Incontinence can be difficult to live with, but these natural incontinence remedies can help you manage the symptoms and improve your quality of life. You might be able to use some of these remedies instead of medications and other medical treatments, or in a treatment plan along with those treatment methods. Talk to a health professional about the best treatment methods for your particular situation.