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STEP 0. DO NOTHING

As the majority of cases of urge incontinence are idiopathic, that is, they have no known cause, even after extensive testing, spare yourself the health risks of invasive tests.

STEP 1. COLLECT INFORMATION

It is estimated that 34 million Americans deal with overactive bladder, defined as an urgent and frequent need to urinate, or urinating more than 10 times in 24 hours. Most are older than 40, and one-third to one-half are men.

Urge incontinence comes on so quickly and so powerfully that there is no time to get to a toilet, even if you are standing right next to one! For some women, even the thought or sight of a toilet causes leakage.

There are many causes of urge incontinence. Invasive diagnostic tests requiring catheterizations are best refused, however, as the results are often inconclusive. In general – unless there is a known cause such as an enlarged prostate, a bladder infection, vaginal yeast overgrowth, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, or multiple sclerosis – urge incontinence/overactive bladder is thought to be caused by abnormal nerve signals to the bladder, which initiate spastic muscle contractions and an often uncontrollable need to urinate, even when the bladder is not full.

A bladder diary lists the times of day you urinate (including leaks), the amount of urine you void, what you drink and eat and when, and medicines you took. Over a period of a week or two, patterns emerge that can help you retrain your bladder.
“About 30% of women [with overactive bladders] get better simply by understanding what’s happening and thinking about it.”

STEP 2. ENGAGE THE ENERGY

A powerful visualization coupled with a physical trigger can put you in control of your bladder, fast. Choose an image, visualize it repeatedly, then use it to help prevent leaks and urgency. If you visualize for even two minutes a day, you will get results faster than if you take drugs. If you use the physical trigger while you visualize, eventually it, alone, will be enough to control your urge incontinence, you won’t need the visualization any more. Sitting alone, in a tranquil environment (a bathtub is fine), close your eyes and imagine vividly, using all your senses: see the scene, taste it, smell it, feel its texture, listen to it. As in a dream, you can create whatever you want. Take many quiet sessions to make your visualization real; don’t try to do it all at once. Create your own visualization or try one of these.

Visualize the nerve message between your bladder and your brain as a stream of water; in your imagination, install dams and locks to slow it down. When you visualize, squeeze your fist in a slow rhythm.

Visualize the nerve pathway as a road; set up gates or toll booths all along it, starting at the bladder and working your way up to the brain. When you visualize this, gently bite your lower lip.

Imagine a large, strong hand gently pushing up between your legs and comforting you. When you do so, smile.
Homeopathic remedies for urge incontinence include: Belladonna: if there are chronic spasms
Eupatorium pur.: bladder always feels full
Sulphura: urge is sudden and intense
Nux vomica: urge accompanied by pain
Uranium nitricum: burning pain

Biofeedback using electrical or pressure-sensing devices can increase awareness of the bladder, foiling urge incontinence. It is so well-studied, and so effective in relieving incontinence, that Medicare covers the cost.

Everyone who is incontinent has weak muscles. Those with stress incontinence “deny the problem, pay little attention to bladder signals, and are surprised when a slight physical exertion forces urine out. The urge patient, on the other hand, is preoccupied with bladder signals … and rushes to the toilet at the first signals. … the brain learns to stop inhibiting the reflexive contractions of the bladder …”
Leslie Talcott, director Perineometer Research Institute

STEP 3. NOURISH AND TONIFY

Retrain your bladder to relieve urge incontinence. Since the bladder is only half full when urge begins, countering the urge to urinate, and gradually lengthening the time between visits to the toilet can work wonders. With practice, the threshold of urge is raised and the nerves no longer signal so frequently.

Food additives such as MSG, potassium sorbate, aspartame, and food colorings aggravate urge incontinence.

Vitamin B12 deficiency – common among vegetarians and epidemic among vegans – can mimic MS, including causing uncontrollable bladder spasms or urge incontinence. Vitamin B12, in its usable form, is available only from milk, eggs, fish, and meat.

Including at least 25 grams of real fiber from whole grains, beans, and nuts in the daily diet may significantly ease urinary overactivity and urge incontinence.

STEP 4. STIMULATE/SEDATE

For men with overactive bladders, herbalist Terry Willard uses a tea of parsley leaf, corn silk, and dandelion leaf to reduce urine acidity and bladder irritability. When needed, he adds wild yam root to soothe or valerian to calm.

To counter the heat and reduce the inflammation that underlies an overactive bladder, herbalists in India suggest infusions of soothing herbs like marshmallow root (Althea off.), plantain leaf (Plantago species), or mullein leaf (Verbascum thapsus). For those with severe problems, 1-4 tablespoons of powdered turmeric (Cucurma longa) are added to the daily quart of infusion.

Saw palmetto berries, in tincture or tea, relax the smooth muscle in the bladder neck and help reduce overactivity.

Herbal nurse Martha Libster reminds us of the usefulness of Chinese ephedra (ma huang) – to reduce mucus surface swelling and relax spastic muscles – when treating an overactive bladder.

Acupuncture can bring significant relief from urgency, urge incontinence, and overactive bladder say researchers at the Oregon Department of Health and Science University. Four weekly bladder-specific acupuncture treatments improved bladder capacity, reduced urgency and frequency, and improved the quality of life as well as drug or behavioral therapies.

If you can’t get the knack of doing pelvic floor exercises (Kegels), don’t despair. Physical therapists, personal trainers for your bladder, can help you with these critically important exercises.

STEP 5A. USE SUPPLEMENTS

A deficiency of magnesium triggers muscles spasms and incontinence. Supplements of 200-600mg daily may help.

Vegans and vegetarians bothered by overactive bladders probably lack vitamin B12 – a critical nutrient found only in animal foods. Supplements or, better yet, a healthier diet that includes organic dairy and meat, are indicated. You may wish to be tested for methylmalonic acid level, a better indicator of deficiency than tests for vitamin B12 itself.

STEP 5B. USE DRUGS

Some drugs – such as “water pills” and tranquilizers – cause or aggravate an overactive bladder. Instead, use herbal diuretics such as corn silk, burdock root, and dandelion; they calm the bladder. Tranquilize with bladder friendly St.Joan’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) tincture, a dropperful 3-6 times a day, or motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) tincture, 15 drops 4-8 times a day.

Antimuscrinic or anticholerinergic drugs relax the bladder’s detrusor muscle, extending the time between urge and voiding. They are especially useful for those dealing with traumatic incontinence, but are often suggested as a bridge to control leakage from urge incontinence while lifestyle changes take effect. I wonder how useful this is, as antimuscrinic drugs can take up to three months to be effective, and “side effects may be nearly as troublesome as the incontinence itself.”

Detrol (tolterodine), Ditropan (oxybutynin), Enablex (darifenacin), Sanctura (trospium chloride), and Vesicare (solifenacin), can calm an overactive bladder, but dry the mouth and the eyes and cause memory impairment as well as constipation and heart arrhythmias. In one study, three-quarters of those taking 4mg of tolterodine and 0.4mg of tamsulosin, and two-thirds of those taking the placebo, reported improvement after three months.

Although lack of estrogen does not cause incontinence, topical vaginal estrogen cream is a fairly safe, and very easy, way for older women to calm a hyperactive bladder.

Tofranil (imipramine) is an antidepressant that is used in conjunction with an antimuscrinic to tighten the urinary sphincter and relax spasming bladder muscles. Dizziness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure are side effects more frequent in those over 60.

STEP 6. BREAK AND ENTER

In Europe, injections into the lining of the bladder block the nerve impulse that triggers overactive bladder. This is not yet approved in the USA. But injections of Botox are. The effects – significant increase in bladder capacity before urgency – mimic bladder retraining but only last 6-12 months.

Surgical implantation of a sacral neuromodulator can relax bladder muscles and relieve overpowering urges to urinate. This is obviously a last resort.
Legal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner with a specific formula for you. All material in this article is provided for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if you are in need of medical care. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion.

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STEP 0. DO NOTHING

As the majority of cases of urge incontinence are idiopathic, that is, they have no known cause, even after extensive testing, spare yourself the health risks of invasive tests.

STEP 1. COLLECT INFORMATION

It is estimated that 34 million Americans deal with overactive bladder, defined as an urgent and frequent need to urinate, or urinating more than 10 times in 24 hours. Most are older than 40, and one-third to one-half are men.

Urge incontinence comes on so quickly and so powerfully that there is no time to get to a toilet, even if you are standing right next to one! For some women, even the thought or sight of a toilet causes leakage.

There are many causes of urge incontinence. Invasive diagnostic tests requiring catheterizations are best refused, however, as the results are often inconclusive. In general – unless there is a known cause such as an enlarged prostate, a bladder infection, vaginal yeast overgrowth, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, or multiple sclerosis – urge incontinence/overactive bladder is thought to be caused by abnormal nerve signals to the bladder, which initiate spastic muscle contractions and an often uncontrollable need to urinate, even when the bladder is not full.

A bladder diary lists the times of day you urinate (including leaks), the amount of urine you void, what you drink and eat and when, and medicines you took. Over a period of a week or two, patterns emerge that can help you retrain your bladder.
“About 30% of women [with overactive bladders] get better simply by understanding what’s happening and thinking about it.”

STEP 2. ENGAGE THE ENERGY

A powerful visualization coupled with a physical trigger can put you in control of your bladder, fast. Choose an image, visualize it repeatedly, then use it to help prevent leaks and urgency. If you visualize for even two minutes a day, you will get results faster than if you take drugs. If you use the physical trigger while you visualize, eventually it, alone, will be enough to control your urge incontinence, you won’t need the visualization any more. Sitting alone, in a tranquil environment (a bathtub is fine), close your eyes and imagine vividly, using all your senses: see the scene, taste it, smell it, feel its texture, listen to it. As in a dream, you can create whatever you want. Take many quiet sessions to make your visualization real; don’t try to do it all at once. Create your own visualization or try one of these.

Visualize the nerve message between your bladder and your brain as a stream of water; in your imagination, install dams and locks to slow it down. When you visualize, squeeze your fist in a slow rhythm.

Visualize the nerve pathway as a road; set up gates or toll booths all along it, starting at the bladder and working your way up to the brain. When you visualize this, gently bite your lower lip.

Imagine a large, strong hand gently pushing up between your legs and comforting you. When you do so, smile.
Homeopathic remedies for urge incontinence include: Belladonna: if there are chronic spasms
Eupatorium pur.: bladder always feels full
Sulphura: urge is sudden and intense
Nux vomica: urge accompanied by pain
Uranium nitricum: burning pain

Biofeedback using electrical or pressure-sensing devices can increase awareness of the bladder, foiling urge incontinence. It is so well-studied, and so effective in relieving incontinence, that Medicare covers the cost.

Everyone who is incontinent has weak muscles. Those with stress incontinence “deny the problem, pay little attention to bladder signals, and are surprised when a slight physical exertion forces urine out. The urge patient, on the other hand, is preoccupied with bladder signals … and rushes to the toilet at the first signals. … the brain learns to stop inhibiting the reflexive contractions of the bladder …”
Leslie Talcott, director Perineometer Research Institute

STEP 3. NOURISH AND TONIFY

Retrain your bladder to relieve urge incontinence. Since the bladder is only half full when urge begins, countering the urge to urinate, and gradually lengthening the time between visits to the toilet can work wonders. With practice, the threshold of urge is raised and the nerves no longer signal so frequently.

Food additives such as MSG, potassium sorbate, aspartame, and food colorings aggravate urge incontinence.

Vitamin B12 deficiency – common among vegetarians and epidemic among vegans – can mimic MS, including causing uncontrollable bladder spasms or urge incontinence. Vitamin B12, in its usable form, is available only from milk, eggs, fish, and meat.

Including at least 25 grams of real fiber from whole grains, beans, and nuts in the daily diet may significantly ease urinary overactivity and urge incontinence.

STEP 4. STIMULATE/SEDATE

For men with overactive bladders, herbalist Terry Willard uses a tea of parsley leaf, corn silk, and dandelion leaf to reduce urine acidity and bladder irritability. When needed, he adds wild yam root to soothe or valerian to calm.

To counter the heat and reduce the inflammation that underlies an overactive bladder, herbalists in India suggest infusions of soothing herbs like marshmallow root (Althea off.), plantain leaf (Plantago species), or mullein leaf (Verbascum thapsus). For those with severe problems, 1-4 tablespoons of powdered turmeric (Cucurma longa) are added to the daily quart of infusion.

Saw palmetto berries, in tincture or tea, relax the smooth muscle in the bladder neck and help reduce overactivity.

Herbal nurse Martha Libster reminds us of the usefulness of Chinese ephedra (ma huang) – to reduce mucus surface swelling and relax spastic muscles – when treating an overactive bladder.

Acupuncture can bring significant relief from urgency, urge incontinence, and overactive bladder say researchers at the Oregon Department of Health and Science University. Four weekly bladder-specific acupuncture treatments improved bladder capacity, reduced urgency and frequency, and improved the quality of life as well as drug or behavioral therapies.

If you can’t get the knack of doing pelvic floor exercises (Kegels), don’t despair. Physical therapists, personal trainers for your bladder, can help you with these critically important exercises.

STEP 5A. USE SUPPLEMENTS

A deficiency of magnesium triggers muscles spasms and incontinence. Supplements of 200-600mg daily may help.

Vegans and vegetarians bothered by overactive bladders probably lack vitamin B12 – a critical nutrient found only in animal foods. Supplements or, better yet, a healthier diet that includes organic dairy and meat, are indicated. You may wish to be tested for methylmalonic acid level, a better indicator of deficiency than tests for vitamin B12 itself.

STEP 5B. USE DRUGS

Some drugs – such as “water pills” and tranquilizers – cause or aggravate an overactive bladder. Instead, use herbal diuretics such as corn silk, burdock root, and dandelion; they calm the bladder. Tranquilize with bladder friendly St.Joan’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) tincture, a dropperful 3-6 times a day, or motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) tincture, 15 drops 4-8 times a day.

Antimuscrinic or anticholerinergic drugs relax the bladder’s detrusor muscle, extending the time between urge and voiding. They are especially useful for those dealing with traumatic incontinence, but are often suggested as a bridge to control leakage from urge incontinence while lifestyle changes take effect. I wonder how useful this is, as antimuscrinic drugs can take up to three months to be effective, and “side effects may be nearly as troublesome as the incontinence itself.”

Detrol (tolterodine), Ditropan (oxybutynin), Enablex (darifenacin), Sanctura (trospium chloride), and Vesicare (solifenacin), can calm an overactive bladder, but dry the mouth and the eyes and cause memory impairment as well as constipation and heart arrhythmias. In one study, three-quarters of those taking 4mg of tolterodine and 0.4mg of tamsulosin, and two-thirds of those taking the placebo, reported improvement after three months.

Although lack of estrogen does not cause incontinence, topical vaginal estrogen cream is a fairly safe, and very easy, way for older women to calm a hyperactive bladder.

Tofranil (imipramine) is an antidepressant that is used in conjunction with an antimuscrinic to tighten the urinary sphincter and relax spasming bladder muscles. Dizziness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure are side effects more frequent in those over 60.

STEP 6. BREAK AND ENTER

In Europe, injections into the lining of the bladder block the nerve impulse that triggers overactive bladder. This is not yet approved in the USA. But injections of Botox are. The effects – significant increase in bladder capacity before urgency – mimic bladder retraining but only last 6-12 months.

Surgical implantation of a sacral neuromodulator can relax bladder muscles and relieve overpowering urges to urinate. This is obviously a last resort.
Legal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner with a specific formula for you. All material in this article is provided for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if you are in need of medical care. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion.

INTRODUCTION

There are a number of different infections of the bladder some come with little to no complications, they are simply mild infections while others are of a more serious nature. Women are more susceptible to a bladder infection than men and are likely to get them more often. In some cases, a bladder infection can lead to other health problems. An examination by your doctor will determine what kind of bladder infection you are suffering from, and decide on the best bladder infection treatment plan. It is essential that an individual suffering from a bladder infection drinks a lot of water while being treated for the condition. The Merck Manual recommends that drinking water consistently, even with no symptoms, will prevent any future reoccurences since bacteria is flushed out from the bladder with urine. It is likely that you will be given a course of antibiotics for treatment, or you can purchase an all natural product which you can get without a prescription.

ORAL ANTIBIOTICS

If your infection is mild, it is likely that your doctor will prescribe you with a course of oral antibiotics. According to Medline Plus, female prescriptions last for three days and males must complete a seven to 14 day course. There are a number of things that are taken into account before a doctor prescribes antibiotics for a bladder infection treatment. They will look at the bacterium that is causing the infection, as well as the overall health of the patient. There are a range of different antibiotics used to treat a bladder infection; these include ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, amoxicillin and levogloxacin. If you are pregnant you will have to go on a longer course of antibiotics, as well as those suffering from conditions such as diabetes. In any case of a bladder infection, it is imperative that the full course of antibiotics is completed to avoid any further complications. SYMPTOM RELIEF DRUGS Doctors may suggest that you take acetaminophen to relieve the fever like symptoms that sometimes accompany bladder infections. Acetaminophen also provides relief from pain. Your doctor may also prescribe you with the drug phenazopyridine to relieve the frequent urge to urinate, as well as the burning pain. There are also a number of other options including oxybutynin and tolterodine to assist in reducing bladder spasms. These medications are not to replace the antibiotics, they should be taken together.

RECURRING INFECTIONS

A woman who has suffered more than three bladder infections is likely to experience more in the future, according to the National Kidney Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. A bladder infection treatment for recurring infections include taking a daily low dose of antibiotics, or taking an antibiotic after sexual intercourse.

THE NATURAL TREATMENT OPTION

There are natural bladder infection treatments such as Flotrol that you do not need to get a prescription for. If you notice that you are experiencing bladder control problems, This product will assist in strengthening the bladder. Its main active ingredients are pumpkin seed extract and soy, both of which assist in improving unitary tract health. There have been a number of scientific studies to prove that Flotrol works, with its main benefits being strengthening of the bladder muscles, preventing discomfort during urination and calming the bladder down to improve the urinary flow. You should research all available natural treatment options before choosing the proper one that is right for you.

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STEP 0. DO NOTHING

As the majority of cases of urge incontinence are idiopathic, that is, they have no known cause, even after extensive testing, spare yourself the health risks of invasive tests.

STEP 1. COLLECT INFORMATION

It is estimated that 34 million Americans deal with overactive bladder, defined as an urgent and frequent need to urinate, or urinating more than 10 times in 24 hours. Most are older than 40, and one-third to one-half are men.

Urge incontinence comes on so quickly and so powerfully that there is no time to get to a toilet, even if you are standing right next to one! For some women, even the thought or sight of a toilet causes leakage.

There are many causes of urge incontinence. Invasive diagnostic tests requiring catheterizations are best refused, however, as the results are often inconclusive. In general – unless there is a known cause such as an enlarged prostate, a bladder infection, vaginal yeast overgrowth, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, or multiple sclerosis – urge incontinence/overactive bladder is thought to be caused by abnormal nerve signals to the bladder, which initiate spastic muscle contractions and an often uncontrollable need to urinate, even when the bladder is not full.

A bladder diary lists the times of day you urinate (including leaks), the amount of urine you void, what you drink and eat and when, and medicines you took. Over a period of a week or two, patterns emerge that can help you retrain your bladder.
“About 30% of women [with overactive bladders] get better simply by understanding what’s happening and thinking about it.”

STEP 2. ENGAGE THE ENERGY

A powerful visualization coupled with a physical trigger can put you in control of your bladder, fast. Choose an image, visualize it repeatedly, then use it to help prevent leaks and urgency. If you visualize for even two minutes a day, you will get results faster than if you take drugs. If you use the physical trigger while you visualize, eventually it, alone, will be enough to control your urge incontinence, you won’t need the visualization any more. Sitting alone, in a tranquil environment (a bathtub is fine), close your eyes and imagine vividly, using all your senses: see the scene, taste it, smell it, feel its texture, listen to it. As in a dream, you can create whatever you want. Take many quiet sessions to make your visualization real; don’t try to do it all at once. Create your own visualization or try one of these.

Visualize the nerve message between your bladder and your brain as a stream of water; in your imagination, install dams and locks to slow it down. When you visualize, squeeze your fist in a slow rhythm.

Visualize the nerve pathway as a road; set up gates or toll booths all along it, starting at the bladder and working your way up to the brain. When you visualize this, gently bite your lower lip.

Imagine a large, strong hand gently pushing up between your legs and comforting you. When you do so, smile.
Homeopathic remedies for urge incontinence include: Belladonna: if there are chronic spasms
Eupatorium pur.: bladder always feels full
Sulphura: urge is sudden and intense
Nux vomica: urge accompanied by pain
Uranium nitricum: burning pain

Biofeedback using electrical or pressure-sensing devices can increase awareness of the bladder, foiling urge incontinence. It is so well-studied, and so effective in relieving incontinence, that Medicare covers the cost.

Everyone who is incontinent has weak muscles. Those with stress incontinence “deny the problem, pay little attention to bladder signals, and are surprised when a slight physical exertion forces urine out. The urge patient, on the other hand, is preoccupied with bladder signals … and rushes to the toilet at the first signals. … the brain learns to stop inhibiting the reflexive contractions of the bladder …”
Leslie Talcott, director Perineometer Research Institute

STEP 3. NOURISH AND TONIFY

Retrain your bladder to relieve urge incontinence. Since the bladder is only half full when urge begins, countering the urge to urinate, and gradually lengthening the time between visits to the toilet can work wonders. With practice, the threshold of urge is raised and the nerves no longer signal so frequently.

Food additives such as MSG, potassium sorbate, aspartame, and food colorings aggravate urge incontinence.

Vitamin B12 deficiency – common among vegetarians and epidemic among vegans – can mimic MS, including causing uncontrollable bladder spasms or urge incontinence. Vitamin B12, in its usable form, is available only from milk, eggs, fish, and meat.

Including at least 25 grams of real fiber from whole grains, beans, and nuts in the daily diet may significantly ease urinary overactivity and urge incontinence.

STEP 4. STIMULATE/SEDATE

For men with overactive bladders, herbalist Terry Willard uses a tea of parsley leaf, corn silk, and dandelion leaf to reduce urine acidity and bladder irritability. When needed, he adds wild yam root to soothe or valerian to calm.

To counter the heat and reduce the inflammation that underlies an overactive bladder, herbalists in India suggest infusions of soothing herbs like marshmallow root (Althea off.), plantain leaf (Plantago species), or mullein leaf (Verbascum thapsus). For those with severe problems, 1-4 tablespoons of powdered turmeric (Cucurma longa) are added to the daily quart of infusion.

Saw palmetto berries, in tincture or tea, relax the smooth muscle in the bladder neck and help reduce overactivity.

Herbal nurse Martha Libster reminds us of the usefulness of Chinese ephedra (ma huang) – to reduce mucus surface swelling and relax spastic muscles – when treating an overactive bladder.

Acupuncture can bring significant relief from urgency, urge incontinence, and overactive bladder say researchers at the Oregon Department of Health and Science University. Four weekly bladder-specific acupuncture treatments improved bladder capacity, reduced urgency and frequency, and improved the quality of life as well as drug or behavioral therapies.

If you can’t get the knack of doing pelvic floor exercises (Kegels), don’t despair. Physical therapists, personal trainers for your bladder, can help you with these critically important exercises.

STEP 5A. USE SUPPLEMENTS

A deficiency of magnesium triggers muscles spasms and incontinence. Supplements of 200-600mg daily may help.

Vegans and vegetarians bothered by overactive bladders probably lack vitamin B12 – a critical nutrient found only in animal foods. Supplements or, better yet, a healthier diet that includes organic dairy and meat, are indicated. You may wish to be tested for methylmalonic acid level, a better indicator of deficiency than tests for vitamin B12 itself.

STEP 5B. USE DRUGS

Some drugs – such as “water pills” and tranquilizers – cause or aggravate an overactive bladder. Instead, use herbal diuretics such as corn silk, burdock root, and dandelion; they calm the bladder. Tranquilize with bladder friendly St.Joan’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) tincture, a dropperful 3-6 times a day, or motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) tincture, 15 drops 4-8 times a day.

Antimuscrinic or anticholerinergic drugs relax the bladder’s detrusor muscle, extending the time between urge and voiding. They are especially useful for those dealing with traumatic incontinence, but are often suggested as a bridge to control leakage from urge incontinence while lifestyle changes take effect. I wonder how useful this is, as antimuscrinic drugs can take up to three months to be effective, and “side effects may be nearly as troublesome as the incontinence itself.”

Detrol (tolterodine), Ditropan (oxybutynin), Enablex (darifenacin), Sanctura (trospium chloride), and Vesicare (solifenacin), can calm an overactive bladder, but dry the mouth and the eyes and cause memory impairment as well as constipation and heart arrhythmias. In one study, three-quarters of those taking 4mg of tolterodine and 0.4mg of tamsulosin, and two-thirds of those taking the placebo, reported improvement after three months.

Although lack of estrogen does not cause incontinence, topical vaginal estrogen cream is a fairly safe, and very easy, way for older women to calm a hyperactive bladder.

Tofranil (imipramine) is an antidepressant that is used in conjunction with an antimuscrinic to tighten the urinary sphincter and relax spasming bladder muscles. Dizziness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure are side effects more frequent in those over 60.

STEP 6. BREAK AND ENTER

In Europe, injections into the lining of the bladder block the nerve impulse that triggers overactive bladder. This is not yet approved in the USA. But injections of Botox are. The effects – significant increase in bladder capacity before urgency – mimic bladder retraining but only last 6-12 months.

Surgical implantation of a sacral neuromodulator can relax bladder muscles and relieve overpowering urges to urinate. This is obviously a last resort.
Legal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner with a specific formula for you. All material in this article is provided for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if you are in need of medical care. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion.

INTRODUCTION

There are a number of different infections of the bladder some come with little to no complications, they are simply mild infections while others are of a more serious nature. Women are more susceptible to a bladder infection than men and are likely to get them more often. In some cases, a bladder infection can lead to other health problems. An examination by your doctor will determine what kind of bladder infection you are suffering from, and decide on the best bladder infection treatment plan. It is essential that an individual suffering from a bladder infection drinks a lot of water while being treated for the condition. The Merck Manual recommends that drinking water consistently, even with no symptoms, will prevent any future reoccurences since bacteria is flushed out from the bladder with urine. It is likely that you will be given a course of antibiotics for treatment, or you can purchase an all natural product which you can get without a prescription.

ORAL ANTIBIOTICS

If your infection is mild, it is likely that your doctor will prescribe you with a course of oral antibiotics. According to Medline Plus, female prescriptions last for three days and males must complete a seven to 14 day course. There are a number of things that are taken into account before a doctor prescribes antibiotics for a bladder infection treatment. They will look at the bacterium that is causing the infection, as well as the overall health of the patient. There are a range of different antibiotics used to treat a bladder infection; these include ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, amoxicillin and levogloxacin. If you are pregnant you will have to go on a longer course of antibiotics, as well as those suffering from conditions such as diabetes. In any case of a bladder infection, it is imperative that the full course of antibiotics is completed to avoid any further complications. SYMPTOM RELIEF DRUGS Doctors may suggest that you take acetaminophen to relieve the fever like symptoms that sometimes accompany bladder infections. Acetaminophen also provides relief from pain. Your doctor may also prescribe you with the drug phenazopyridine to relieve the frequent urge to urinate, as well as the burning pain. There are also a number of other options including oxybutynin and tolterodine to assist in reducing bladder spasms. These medications are not to replace the antibiotics, they should be taken together.

RECURRING INFECTIONS

A woman who has suffered more than three bladder infections is likely to experience more in the future, according to the National Kidney Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. A bladder infection treatment for recurring infections include taking a daily low dose of antibiotics, or taking an antibiotic after sexual intercourse.

THE NATURAL TREATMENT OPTION

There are natural bladder infection treatments such as Flotrol that you do not need to get a prescription for. If you notice that you are experiencing bladder control problems, This product will assist in strengthening the bladder. Its main active ingredients are pumpkin seed extract and soy, both of which assist in improving unitary tract health. There have been a number of scientific studies to prove that Flotrol works, with its main benefits being strengthening of the bladder muscles, preventing discomfort during urination and calming the bladder down to improve the urinary flow. You should research all available natural treatment options before choosing the proper one that is right for you.

Usually, elderly men whose prostate glands get enlarged are more prone to suffer from this malady – than the younger ones. It occurs in women in whom tissue injuries sustained at the time of a difficult delivery of a child were not adequately restored.

The most common types of urinary incontinence are the following:

1. Stress Incontinence: When the pelvic floor muscles-which support the base of the bladder and close off the top of the urethra (the canal through which you pass urine)-get weak, any pressure exerted on them through sudden change of position, coughing, laughing, or sneezing, causes the urine to dribble out involuntarily. This is called ‘stress incontinence’.

2. Urge Incontinence: When one cannot control to retain the urine even while rushing to a restroom under a sudden urge to urinate – then, one is said to be suffering from ‘urge incontinence’.

3. Overflow Incontinence: When the prostate gland (which encircles the urethra at the outlet of the bladder) gets enlarged, it depresses the urethra and thereby impedes the free outflow of urine from the urethra. If this condition is allowed to persist for long, there comes a time when the person can no longer empty his bladder at all. This type of complete ‘urinary retention’-also called ‘overflow incontinence’-is an emergency situation requiring immediate medical help.

Aiding Products for Urinary Incontinence:

A number of products have been developed to provide timely aid/relief to those suffering from any of the aforementioned types of urinary incontinence.

(i) Wearing Aids: An especially designed disposable underwear that soaks urine into a porous outer layer and neutralizes the odor, leaving the inner layer (next to the skin) relatively dry.

(ii) Another aid, which is for men, is a condom catheter, which is worn over the organ and is connected by a tube to a bag that can be emptied and cleaned regularly.

(iii) Self-Catheterization: A thin, sterile plastic tube is inserted into the bladder through the urethra to drain out the accumulated urine (which the bladder otherwise fails to expel by itself) into a bag attached to the outer end of the catheter. The procedure is quite safe and can be mastered within no time under the guidance of a Physician or a trained professional.

(iv) Bladder Control Pads: Sold under their famous brand names, such as, Walgreen’s and Serenity, these are capable of absorbing more liquid than other incontinence under-garments. The user can now safely reach a restroom without experiencing any embarrassing situation.

(v) Dryness Aids: Developed by NASA’s Research Laboratories, the dryness aids (comprising of certain chemicals) convert any type of liquid waste into a solid substance-thus, maintaining the dryness of the under wears.

(vi)Medication: Medicines, such as, Slifenacin (VESICARE), Oxybutynin (LYRINEL), and Tolterodine (DETRUSITOL) are available in the market for the treatment of urinary incontinence. With only very negligible side effects, they have proved their efficacy with the passage of time.

It is advisable to try all the available aids before opting for surgery as a last resort.

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STEP 0. DO NOTHING

As the majority of cases of urge incontinence are idiopathic, that is, they have no known cause, even after extensive testing, spare yourself the health risks of invasive tests.

STEP 1. COLLECT INFORMATION

It is estimated that 34 million Americans deal with overactive bladder, defined as an urgent and frequent need to urinate, or urinating more than 10 times in 24 hours. Most are older than 40, and one-third to one-half are men.

Urge incontinence comes on so quickly and so powerfully that there is no time to get to a toilet, even if you are standing right next to one! For some women, even the thought or sight of a toilet causes leakage.

There are many causes of urge incontinence. Invasive diagnostic tests requiring catheterizations are best refused, however, as the results are often inconclusive. In general – unless there is a known cause such as an enlarged prostate, a bladder infection, vaginal yeast overgrowth, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, or multiple sclerosis – urge incontinence/overactive bladder is thought to be caused by abnormal nerve signals to the bladder, which initiate spastic muscle contractions and an often uncontrollable need to urinate, even when the bladder is not full.

A bladder diary lists the times of day you urinate (including leaks), the amount of urine you void, what you drink and eat and when, and medicines you took. Over a period of a week or two, patterns emerge that can help you retrain your bladder.
“About 30% of women [with overactive bladders] get better simply by understanding what’s happening and thinking about it.”

STEP 2. ENGAGE THE ENERGY

A powerful visualization coupled with a physical trigger can put you in control of your bladder, fast. Choose an image, visualize it repeatedly, then use it to help prevent leaks and urgency. If you visualize for even two minutes a day, you will get results faster than if you take drugs. If you use the physical trigger while you visualize, eventually it, alone, will be enough to control your urge incontinence, you won’t need the visualization any more. Sitting alone, in a tranquil environment (a bathtub is fine), close your eyes and imagine vividly, using all your senses: see the scene, taste it, smell it, feel its texture, listen to it. As in a dream, you can create whatever you want. Take many quiet sessions to make your visualization real; don’t try to do it all at once. Create your own visualization or try one of these.

Visualize the nerve message between your bladder and your brain as a stream of water; in your imagination, install dams and locks to slow it down. When you visualize, squeeze your fist in a slow rhythm.

Visualize the nerve pathway as a road; set up gates or toll booths all along it, starting at the bladder and working your way up to the brain. When you visualize this, gently bite your lower lip.

Imagine a large, strong hand gently pushing up between your legs and comforting you. When you do so, smile.
Homeopathic remedies for urge incontinence include: Belladonna: if there are chronic spasms
Eupatorium pur.: bladder always feels full
Sulphura: urge is sudden and intense
Nux vomica: urge accompanied by pain
Uranium nitricum: burning pain

Biofeedback using electrical or pressure-sensing devices can increase awareness of the bladder, foiling urge incontinence. It is so well-studied, and so effective in relieving incontinence, that Medicare covers the cost.

Everyone who is incontinent has weak muscles. Those with stress incontinence “deny the problem, pay little attention to bladder signals, and are surprised when a slight physical exertion forces urine out. The urge patient, on the other hand, is preoccupied with bladder signals … and rushes to the toilet at the first signals. … the brain learns to stop inhibiting the reflexive contractions of the bladder …”
Leslie Talcott, director Perineometer Research Institute

STEP 3. NOURISH AND TONIFY

Retrain your bladder to relieve urge incontinence. Since the bladder is only half full when urge begins, countering the urge to urinate, and gradually lengthening the time between visits to the toilet can work wonders. With practice, the threshold of urge is raised and the nerves no longer signal so frequently.

Food additives such as MSG, potassium sorbate, aspartame, and food colorings aggravate urge incontinence.

Vitamin B12 deficiency – common among vegetarians and epidemic among vegans – can mimic MS, including causing uncontrollable bladder spasms or urge incontinence. Vitamin B12, in its usable form, is available only from milk, eggs, fish, and meat.

Including at least 25 grams of real fiber from whole grains, beans, and nuts in the daily diet may significantly ease urinary overactivity and urge incontinence.

STEP 4. STIMULATE/SEDATE

For men with overactive bladders, herbalist Terry Willard uses a tea of parsley leaf, corn silk, and dandelion leaf to reduce urine acidity and bladder irritability. When needed, he adds wild yam root to soothe or valerian to calm.

To counter the heat and reduce the inflammation that underlies an overactive bladder, herbalists in India suggest infusions of soothing herbs like marshmallow root (Althea off.), plantain leaf (Plantago species), or mullein leaf (Verbascum thapsus). For those with severe problems, 1-4 tablespoons of powdered turmeric (Cucurma longa) are added to the daily quart of infusion.

Saw palmetto berries, in tincture or tea, relax the smooth muscle in the bladder neck and help reduce overactivity.

Herbal nurse Martha Libster reminds us of the usefulness of Chinese ephedra (ma huang) – to reduce mucus surface swelling and relax spastic muscles – when treating an overactive bladder.

Acupuncture can bring significant relief from urgency, urge incontinence, and overactive bladder say researchers at the Oregon Department of Health and Science University. Four weekly bladder-specific acupuncture treatments improved bladder capacity, reduced urgency and frequency, and improved the quality of life as well as drug or behavioral therapies.

If you can’t get the knack of doing pelvic floor exercises (Kegels), don’t despair. Physical therapists, personal trainers for your bladder, can help you with these critically important exercises.

STEP 5A. USE SUPPLEMENTS

A deficiency of magnesium triggers muscles spasms and incontinence. Supplements of 200-600mg daily may help.

Vegans and vegetarians bothered by overactive bladders probably lack vitamin B12 – a critical nutrient found only in animal foods. Supplements or, better yet, a healthier diet that includes organic dairy and meat, are indicated. You may wish to be tested for methylmalonic acid level, a better indicator of deficiency than tests for vitamin B12 itself.

STEP 5B. USE DRUGS

Some drugs – such as “water pills” and tranquilizers – cause or aggravate an overactive bladder. Instead, use herbal diuretics such as corn silk, burdock root, and dandelion; they calm the bladder. Tranquilize with bladder friendly St.Joan’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) tincture, a dropperful 3-6 times a day, or motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) tincture, 15 drops 4-8 times a day.

Antimuscrinic or anticholerinergic drugs relax the bladder’s detrusor muscle, extending the time between urge and voiding. They are especially useful for those dealing with traumatic incontinence, but are often suggested as a bridge to control leakage from urge incontinence while lifestyle changes take effect. I wonder how useful this is, as antimuscrinic drugs can take up to three months to be effective, and “side effects may be nearly as troublesome as the incontinence itself.”

Detrol (tolterodine), Ditropan (oxybutynin), Enablex (darifenacin), Sanctura (trospium chloride), and Vesicare (solifenacin), can calm an overactive bladder, but dry the mouth and the eyes and cause memory impairment as well as constipation and heart arrhythmias. In one study, three-quarters of those taking 4mg of tolterodine and 0.4mg of tamsulosin, and two-thirds of those taking the placebo, reported improvement after three months.

Although lack of estrogen does not cause incontinence, topical vaginal estrogen cream is a fairly safe, and very easy, way for older women to calm a hyperactive bladder.

Tofranil (imipramine) is an antidepressant that is used in conjunction with an antimuscrinic to tighten the urinary sphincter and relax spasming bladder muscles. Dizziness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure are side effects more frequent in those over 60.

STEP 6. BREAK AND ENTER

In Europe, injections into the lining of the bladder block the nerve impulse that triggers overactive bladder. This is not yet approved in the USA. But injections of Botox are. The effects – significant increase in bladder capacity before urgency – mimic bladder retraining but only last 6-12 months.

Surgical implantation of a sacral neuromodulator can relax bladder muscles and relieve overpowering urges to urinate. This is obviously a last resort.
Legal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner with a specific formula for you. All material in this article is provided for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if you are in need of medical care. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion.

INTRODUCTION

There are a number of different infections of the bladder some come with little to no complications, they are simply mild infections while others are of a more serious nature. Women are more susceptible to a bladder infection than men and are likely to get them more often. In some cases, a bladder infection can lead to other health problems. An examination by your doctor will determine what kind of bladder infection you are suffering from, and decide on the best bladder infection treatment plan. It is essential that an individual suffering from a bladder infection drinks a lot of water while being treated for the condition. The Merck Manual recommends that drinking water consistently, even with no symptoms, will prevent any future reoccurences since bacteria is flushed out from the bladder with urine. It is likely that you will be given a course of antibiotics for treatment, or you can purchase an all natural product which you can get without a prescription.

ORAL ANTIBIOTICS

If your infection is mild, it is likely that your doctor will prescribe you with a course of oral antibiotics. According to Medline Plus, female prescriptions last for three days and males must complete a seven to 14 day course. There are a number of things that are taken into account before a doctor prescribes antibiotics for a bladder infection treatment. They will look at the bacterium that is causing the infection, as well as the overall health of the patient. There are a range of different antibiotics used to treat a bladder infection; these include ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, amoxicillin and levogloxacin. If you are pregnant you will have to go on a longer course of antibiotics, as well as those suffering from conditions such as diabetes. In any case of a bladder infection, it is imperative that the full course of antibiotics is completed to avoid any further complications. SYMPTOM RELIEF DRUGS Doctors may suggest that you take acetaminophen to relieve the fever like symptoms that sometimes accompany bladder infections. Acetaminophen also provides relief from pain. Your doctor may also prescribe you with the drug phenazopyridine to relieve the frequent urge to urinate, as well as the burning pain. There are also a number of other options including oxybutynin and tolterodine to assist in reducing bladder spasms. These medications are not to replace the antibiotics, they should be taken together.

RECURRING INFECTIONS

A woman who has suffered more than three bladder infections is likely to experience more in the future, according to the National Kidney Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. A bladder infection treatment for recurring infections include taking a daily low dose of antibiotics, or taking an antibiotic after sexual intercourse.

THE NATURAL TREATMENT OPTION

There are natural bladder infection treatments such as Flotrol that you do not need to get a prescription for. If you notice that you are experiencing bladder control problems, This product will assist in strengthening the bladder. Its main active ingredients are pumpkin seed extract and soy, both of which assist in improving unitary tract health. There have been a number of scientific studies to prove that Flotrol works, with its main benefits being strengthening of the bladder muscles, preventing discomfort during urination and calming the bladder down to improve the urinary flow. You should research all available natural treatment options before choosing the proper one that is right for you.

Usually, elderly men whose prostate glands get enlarged are more prone to suffer from this malady – than the younger ones. It occurs in women in whom tissue injuries sustained at the time of a difficult delivery of a child were not adequately restored.

The most common types of urinary incontinence are the following:

1. Stress Incontinence: When the pelvic floor muscles-which support the base of the bladder and close off the top of the urethra (the canal through which you pass urine)-get weak, any pressure exerted on them through sudden change of position, coughing, laughing, or sneezing, causes the urine to dribble out involuntarily. This is called ‘stress incontinence’.

2. Urge Incontinence: When one cannot control to retain the urine even while rushing to a restroom under a sudden urge to urinate – then, one is said to be suffering from ‘urge incontinence’.

3. Overflow Incontinence: When the prostate gland (which encircles the urethra at the outlet of the bladder) gets enlarged, it depresses the urethra and thereby impedes the free outflow of urine from the urethra. If this condition is allowed to persist for long, there comes a time when the person can no longer empty his bladder at all. This type of complete ‘urinary retention’-also called ‘overflow incontinence’-is an emergency situation requiring immediate medical help.

Aiding Products for Urinary Incontinence:

A number of products have been developed to provide timely aid/relief to those suffering from any of the aforementioned types of urinary incontinence.

(i) Wearing Aids: An especially designed disposable underwear that soaks urine into a porous outer layer and neutralizes the odor, leaving the inner layer (next to the skin) relatively dry.

(ii) Another aid, which is for men, is a condom catheter, which is worn over the organ and is connected by a tube to a bag that can be emptied and cleaned regularly.

(iii) Self-Catheterization: A thin, sterile plastic tube is inserted into the bladder through the urethra to drain out the accumulated urine (which the bladder otherwise fails to expel by itself) into a bag attached to the outer end of the catheter. The procedure is quite safe and can be mastered within no time under the guidance of a Physician or a trained professional.

(iv) Bladder Control Pads: Sold under their famous brand names, such as, Walgreen’s and Serenity, these are capable of absorbing more liquid than other incontinence under-garments. The user can now safely reach a restroom without experiencing any embarrassing situation.

(v) Dryness Aids: Developed by NASA’s Research Laboratories, the dryness aids (comprising of certain chemicals) convert any type of liquid waste into a solid substance-thus, maintaining the dryness of the under wears.

(vi)Medication: Medicines, such as, Slifenacin (VESICARE), Oxybutynin (LYRINEL), and Tolterodine (DETRUSITOL) are available in the market for the treatment of urinary incontinence. With only very negligible side effects, they have proved their efficacy with the passage of time.

It is advisable to try all the available aids before opting for surgery as a last resort.

The cause of overactive bladder syndrome is not known, although some factors-such as caffeine and alcohol-are known to worsen the condition. The good thing, however, is that there are ways of treating overactive bladders so that people do not have to spend majority of their lives rushing to the bathroom.

There are two main types of overactive bladder treatment: medical and natural.

Medical Treatments

Medication – Medicines for overactive bladder syndrome include oxybutynin, tolterodine, trospuim chloride, propiverine, and solifenacin. They are all of the anti-muscarinic class, which work by inhibiting nerve signals to the bladder to relax.

Surgery – This is the most invasive form of treatment for this condition and should only be used as a last resort. Sacral nerve stimulation, a common procedure for overactive bladders, involves inserting an implant into the bladder which helps it contract and relax more normally. Another procedure known as augmentation cystoplasty involves taking a piece of tissues from the small intestine and attaching it to the bladder wall to make it bigger. If all options fail, there is urinary diversion, which manipulates the ureters to route the urine through another passage out of the body.

Natural Treatments

Lifestyle Changes – Some of the substances we take in are diuretics. Caffeine is the most common diuretic that people take in everyday in the form of coffee, cola, or tea. Diuretics make urine form faster, thus intensifying the urgency to urinate more often. Skip the caffeine for a while, and see if there are improvements. Alcohol is also a no-no for overactive bladders. Also, experts advise that people should drink eight to 10 glasses of water everyday, instead of following the misconception that they should cut back on fluids because water cleans up the urine and the bladder.

Bladder Training – Also called a bladder drill, this type of overactive bladder treatment aims to stretch the bladder in such a way that it will get used to holding more urine than it currently does. For effective bladder training, you need the guidance of a doctor or nurse and a journal where you can record the time in between your toilet trips and the amount of urine you release each time you go. It works like this: Urinate the usual way for the first two to three days of training to create a reference for future improvement. After this time, try holding on the urge to urinate for a longer period of time. This may be difficult, but sitting straight on a hard chair or doing pelvic exercises may help. Eventually, your bladder will be trained to hold larger amounts of urine and you will not have to go to the bathroom more frequently.

Natural Medication – There are natural medications that can help strengthen your bladder muscles while also having a calming effect on the bladder. In the natural treatment I recommend below, a combination of lipid-free pumpkin seed extract as well as soy germ extract is used to help maintain a healthy bladder. In a clinical study, the subjects were given a tablet that had a combination of soybean germ extracts as well as pumpkin seed, over a period of several weeks. There were marked improvements in urinary tract health and quality of life after the first week with even further improvement throughout week six.

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STEP 0. DO NOTHING

As the majority of cases of urge incontinence are idiopathic, that is, they have no known cause, even after extensive testing, spare yourself the health risks of invasive tests.

STEP 1. COLLECT INFORMATION

It is estimated that 34 million Americans deal with overactive bladder, defined as an urgent and frequent need to urinate, or urinating more than 10 times in 24 hours. Most are older than 40, and one-third to one-half are men.

Urge incontinence comes on so quickly and so powerfully that there is no time to get to a toilet, even if you are standing right next to one! For some women, even the thought or sight of a toilet causes leakage.

There are many causes of urge incontinence. Invasive diagnostic tests requiring catheterizations are best refused, however, as the results are often inconclusive. In general – unless there is a known cause such as an enlarged prostate, a bladder infection, vaginal yeast overgrowth, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, or multiple sclerosis – urge incontinence/overactive bladder is thought to be caused by abnormal nerve signals to the bladder, which initiate spastic muscle contractions and an often uncontrollable need to urinate, even when the bladder is not full.

A bladder diary lists the times of day you urinate (including leaks), the amount of urine you void, what you drink and eat and when, and medicines you took. Over a period of a week or two, patterns emerge that can help you retrain your bladder.
“About 30% of women [with overactive bladders] get better simply by understanding what’s happening and thinking about it.”

STEP 2. ENGAGE THE ENERGY

A powerful visualization coupled with a physical trigger can put you in control of your bladder, fast. Choose an image, visualize it repeatedly, then use it to help prevent leaks and urgency. If you visualize for even two minutes a day, you will get results faster than if you take drugs. If you use the physical trigger while you visualize, eventually it, alone, will be enough to control your urge incontinence, you won’t need the visualization any more. Sitting alone, in a tranquil environment (a bathtub is fine), close your eyes and imagine vividly, using all your senses: see the scene, taste it, smell it, feel its texture, listen to it. As in a dream, you can create whatever you want. Take many quiet sessions to make your visualization real; don’t try to do it all at once. Create your own visualization or try one of these.

Visualize the nerve message between your bladder and your brain as a stream of water; in your imagination, install dams and locks to slow it down. When you visualize, squeeze your fist in a slow rhythm.

Visualize the nerve pathway as a road; set up gates or toll booths all along it, starting at the bladder and working your way up to the brain. When you visualize this, gently bite your lower lip.

Imagine a large, strong hand gently pushing up between your legs and comforting you. When you do so, smile.
Homeopathic remedies for urge incontinence include: Belladonna: if there are chronic spasms
Eupatorium pur.: bladder always feels full
Sulphura: urge is sudden and intense
Nux vomica: urge accompanied by pain
Uranium nitricum: burning pain

Biofeedback using electrical or pressure-sensing devices can increase awareness of the bladder, foiling urge incontinence. It is so well-studied, and so effective in relieving incontinence, that Medicare covers the cost.

Everyone who is incontinent has weak muscles. Those with stress incontinence “deny the problem, pay little attention to bladder signals, and are surprised when a slight physical exertion forces urine out. The urge patient, on the other hand, is preoccupied with bladder signals … and rushes to the toilet at the first signals. … the brain learns to stop inhibiting the reflexive contractions of the bladder …”
Leslie Talcott, director Perineometer Research Institute

STEP 3. NOURISH AND TONIFY

Retrain your bladder to relieve urge incontinence. Since the bladder is only half full when urge begins, countering the urge to urinate, and gradually lengthening the time between visits to the toilet can work wonders. With practice, the threshold of urge is raised and the nerves no longer signal so frequently.

Food additives such as MSG, potassium sorbate, aspartame, and food colorings aggravate urge incontinence.

Vitamin B12 deficiency – common among vegetarians and epidemic among vegans – can mimic MS, including causing uncontrollable bladder spasms or urge incontinence. Vitamin B12, in its usable form, is available only from milk, eggs, fish, and meat.

Including at least 25 grams of real fiber from whole grains, beans, and nuts in the daily diet may significantly ease urinary overactivity and urge incontinence.

STEP 4. STIMULATE/SEDATE

For men with overactive bladders, herbalist Terry Willard uses a tea of parsley leaf, corn silk, and dandelion leaf to reduce urine acidity and bladder irritability. When needed, he adds wild yam root to soothe or valerian to calm.

To counter the heat and reduce the inflammation that underlies an overactive bladder, herbalists in India suggest infusions of soothing herbs like marshmallow root (Althea off.), plantain leaf (Plantago species), or mullein leaf (Verbascum thapsus). For those with severe problems, 1-4 tablespoons of powdered turmeric (Cucurma longa) are added to the daily quart of infusion.

Saw palmetto berries, in tincture or tea, relax the smooth muscle in the bladder neck and help reduce overactivity.

Herbal nurse Martha Libster reminds us of the usefulness of Chinese ephedra (ma huang) – to reduce mucus surface swelling and relax spastic muscles – when treating an overactive bladder.

Acupuncture can bring significant relief from urgency, urge incontinence, and overactive bladder say researchers at the Oregon Department of Health and Science University. Four weekly bladder-specific acupuncture treatments improved bladder capacity, reduced urgency and frequency, and improved the quality of life as well as drug or behavioral therapies.

If you can’t get the knack of doing pelvic floor exercises (Kegels), don’t despair. Physical therapists, personal trainers for your bladder, can help you with these critically important exercises.

STEP 5A. USE SUPPLEMENTS

A deficiency of magnesium triggers muscles spasms and incontinence. Supplements of 200-600mg daily may help.

Vegans and vegetarians bothered by overactive bladders probably lack vitamin B12 – a critical nutrient found only in animal foods. Supplements or, better yet, a healthier diet that includes organic dairy and meat, are indicated. You may wish to be tested for methylmalonic acid level, a better indicator of deficiency than tests for vitamin B12 itself.

STEP 5B. USE DRUGS

Some drugs – such as “water pills” and tranquilizers – cause or aggravate an overactive bladder. Instead, use herbal diuretics such as corn silk, burdock root, and dandelion; they calm the bladder. Tranquilize with bladder friendly St.Joan’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) tincture, a dropperful 3-6 times a day, or motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) tincture, 15 drops 4-8 times a day.

Antimuscrinic or anticholerinergic drugs relax the bladder’s detrusor muscle, extending the time between urge and voiding. They are especially useful for those dealing with traumatic incontinence, but are often suggested as a bridge to control leakage from urge incontinence while lifestyle changes take effect. I wonder how useful this is, as antimuscrinic drugs can take up to three months to be effective, and “side effects may be nearly as troublesome as the incontinence itself.”

Detrol (tolterodine), Ditropan (oxybutynin), Enablex (darifenacin), Sanctura (trospium chloride), and Vesicare (solifenacin), can calm an overactive bladder, but dry the mouth and the eyes and cause memory impairment as well as constipation and heart arrhythmias. In one study, three-quarters of those taking 4mg of tolterodine and 0.4mg of tamsulosin, and two-thirds of those taking the placebo, reported improvement after three months.

Although lack of estrogen does not cause incontinence, topical vaginal estrogen cream is a fairly safe, and very easy, way for older women to calm a hyperactive bladder.

Tofranil (imipramine) is an antidepressant that is used in conjunction with an antimuscrinic to tighten the urinary sphincter and relax spasming bladder muscles. Dizziness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure are side effects more frequent in those over 60.

STEP 6. BREAK AND ENTER

In Europe, injections into the lining of the bladder block the nerve impulse that triggers overactive bladder. This is not yet approved in the USA. But injections of Botox are. The effects – significant increase in bladder capacity before urgency – mimic bladder retraining but only last 6-12 months.

Surgical implantation of a sacral neuromodulator can relax bladder muscles and relieve overpowering urges to urinate. This is obviously a last resort.
Legal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner with a specific formula for you. All material in this article is provided for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if you are in need of medical care. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion.

INTRODUCTION

There are a number of different infections of the bladder some come with little to no complications, they are simply mild infections while others are of a more serious nature. Women are more susceptible to a bladder infection than men and are likely to get them more often. In some cases, a bladder infection can lead to other health problems. An examination by your doctor will determine what kind of bladder infection you are suffering from, and decide on the best bladder infection treatment plan. It is essential that an individual suffering from a bladder infection drinks a lot of water while being treated for the condition. The Merck Manual recommends that drinking water consistently, even with no symptoms, will prevent any future reoccurences since bacteria is flushed out from the bladder with urine. It is likely that you will be given a course of antibiotics for treatment, or you can purchase an all natural product which you can get without a prescription.

ORAL ANTIBIOTICS

If your infection is mild, it is likely that your doctor will prescribe you with a course of oral antibiotics. According to Medline Plus, female prescriptions last for three days and males must complete a seven to 14 day course. There are a number of things that are taken into account before a doctor prescribes antibiotics for a bladder infection treatment. They will look at the bacterium that is causing the infection, as well as the overall health of the patient. There are a range of different antibiotics used to treat a bladder infection; these include ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, amoxicillin and levogloxacin. If you are pregnant you will have to go on a longer course of antibiotics, as well as those suffering from conditions such as diabetes. In any case of a bladder infection, it is imperative that the full course of antibiotics is completed to avoid any further complications. SYMPTOM RELIEF DRUGS Doctors may suggest that you take acetaminophen to relieve the fever like symptoms that sometimes accompany bladder infections. Acetaminophen also provides relief from pain. Your doctor may also prescribe you with the drug phenazopyridine to relieve the frequent urge to urinate, as well as the burning pain. There are also a number of other options including oxybutynin and tolterodine to assist in reducing bladder spasms. These medications are not to replace the antibiotics, they should be taken together.

RECURRING INFECTIONS

A woman who has suffered more than three bladder infections is likely to experience more in the future, according to the National Kidney Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. A bladder infection treatment for recurring infections include taking a daily low dose of antibiotics, or taking an antibiotic after sexual intercourse.

THE NATURAL TREATMENT OPTION

There are natural bladder infection treatments such as Flotrol that you do not need to get a prescription for. If you notice that you are experiencing bladder control problems, This product will assist in strengthening the bladder. Its main active ingredients are pumpkin seed extract and soy, both of which assist in improving unitary tract health. There have been a number of scientific studies to prove that Flotrol works, with its main benefits being strengthening of the bladder muscles, preventing discomfort during urination and calming the bladder down to improve the urinary flow. You should research all available natural treatment options before choosing the proper one that is right for you.

Usually, elderly men whose prostate glands get enlarged are more prone to suffer from this malady – than the younger ones. It occurs in women in whom tissue injuries sustained at the time of a difficult delivery of a child were not adequately restored.

The most common types of urinary incontinence are the following:

1. Stress Incontinence: When the pelvic floor muscles-which support the base of the bladder and close off the top of the urethra (the canal through which you pass urine)-get weak, any pressure exerted on them through sudden change of position, coughing, laughing, or sneezing, causes the urine to dribble out involuntarily. This is called ‘stress incontinence’.

2. Urge Incontinence: When one cannot control to retain the urine even while rushing to a restroom under a sudden urge to urinate – then, one is said to be suffering from ‘urge incontinence’.

3. Overflow Incontinence: When the prostate gland (which encircles the urethra at the outlet of the bladder) gets enlarged, it depresses the urethra and thereby impedes the free outflow of urine from the urethra. If this condition is allowed to persist for long, there comes a time when the person can no longer empty his bladder at all. This type of complete ‘urinary retention’-also called ‘overflow incontinence’-is an emergency situation requiring immediate medical help.

Aiding Products for Urinary Incontinence:

A number of products have been developed to provide timely aid/relief to those suffering from any of the aforementioned types of urinary incontinence.

(i) Wearing Aids: An especially designed disposable underwear that soaks urine into a porous outer layer and neutralizes the odor, leaving the inner layer (next to the skin) relatively dry.

(ii) Another aid, which is for men, is a condom catheter, which is worn over the organ and is connected by a tube to a bag that can be emptied and cleaned regularly.

(iii) Self-Catheterization: A thin, sterile plastic tube is inserted into the bladder through the urethra to drain out the accumulated urine (which the bladder otherwise fails to expel by itself) into a bag attached to the outer end of the catheter. The procedure is quite safe and can be mastered within no time under the guidance of a Physician or a trained professional.

(iv) Bladder Control Pads: Sold under their famous brand names, such as, Walgreen’s and Serenity, these are capable of absorbing more liquid than other incontinence under-garments. The user can now safely reach a restroom without experiencing any embarrassing situation.

(v) Dryness Aids: Developed by NASA’s Research Laboratories, the dryness aids (comprising of certain chemicals) convert any type of liquid waste into a solid substance-thus, maintaining the dryness of the under wears.

(vi)Medication: Medicines, such as, Slifenacin (VESICARE), Oxybutynin (LYRINEL), and Tolterodine (DETRUSITOL) are available in the market for the treatment of urinary incontinence. With only very negligible side effects, they have proved their efficacy with the passage of time.

It is advisable to try all the available aids before opting for surgery as a last resort.

The cause of overactive bladder syndrome is not known, although some factors-such as caffeine and alcohol-are known to worsen the condition. The good thing, however, is that there are ways of treating overactive bladders so that people do not have to spend majority of their lives rushing to the bathroom.

There are two main types of overactive bladder treatment: medical and natural.

Medical Treatments

Medication – Medicines for overactive bladder syndrome include oxybutynin, tolterodine, trospuim chloride, propiverine, and solifenacin. They are all of the anti-muscarinic class, which work by inhibiting nerve signals to the bladder to relax.

Surgery – This is the most invasive form of treatment for this condition and should only be used as a last resort. Sacral nerve stimulation, a common procedure for overactive bladders, involves inserting an implant into the bladder which helps it contract and relax more normally. Another procedure known as augmentation cystoplasty involves taking a piece of tissues from the small intestine and attaching it to the bladder wall to make it bigger. If all options fail, there is urinary diversion, which manipulates the ureters to route the urine through another passage out of the body.

Natural Treatments

Lifestyle Changes – Some of the substances we take in are diuretics. Caffeine is the most common diuretic that people take in everyday in the form of coffee, cola, or tea. Diuretics make urine form faster, thus intensifying the urgency to urinate more often. Skip the caffeine for a while, and see if there are improvements. Alcohol is also a no-no for overactive bladders. Also, experts advise that people should drink eight to 10 glasses of water everyday, instead of following the misconception that they should cut back on fluids because water cleans up the urine and the bladder.

Bladder Training – Also called a bladder drill, this type of overactive bladder treatment aims to stretch the bladder in such a way that it will get used to holding more urine than it currently does. For effective bladder training, you need the guidance of a doctor or nurse and a journal where you can record the time in between your toilet trips and the amount of urine you release each time you go. It works like this: Urinate the usual way for the first two to three days of training to create a reference for future improvement. After this time, try holding on the urge to urinate for a longer period of time. This may be difficult, but sitting straight on a hard chair or doing pelvic exercises may help. Eventually, your bladder will be trained to hold larger amounts of urine and you will not have to go to the bathroom more frequently.

Natural Medication – There are natural medications that can help strengthen your bladder muscles while also having a calming effect on the bladder. In the natural treatment I recommend below, a combination of lipid-free pumpkin seed extract as well as soy germ extract is used to help maintain a healthy bladder. In a clinical study, the subjects were given a tablet that had a combination of soybean germ extracts as well as pumpkin seed, over a period of several weeks. There were marked improvements in urinary tract health and quality of life after the first week with even further improvement throughout week six.

The skin tissues in the toe easily affected by the micro organism namely fungus, There are some methods to get rid of toenail fungus and to prevent it.

All types of infection in the body and on the body are due to the micro organism fungus, this fungus is of several types and infection, diseases are also several types. Some fungal infection develops life threatening diseases. Fungus also attacks the plants and animal life. This dangerous infection can be prevented through some methods.

Human diseases are caused by more than fifty species of fungus. The mechanisms of fungal infection include three stages before complete attack. Hyper sensitivity in skin tissues is first stage. That results in allergic problem. Example of this stage is asthma complaint which due to the infection of aspergillus.

The second stage of the mechanism is poisoning state, which results in tumors on the affected organ. The third stage is caused by the organism namely opportunistic; this third state fungal infection is mycoses, most of the time it won’t develop dangerous diseases. But possibilities are there for life threatening diseases.

Fungal infection can easily spread from one person to the other. It quickly reacted in less resistive body. The common infection parts are skin, nails, hair and scalp. Fungus easily spreads through contaminated objects and wounds on the skin. Some fungus infection are challenging to treat when internal organs attacked by it like infection in urinary track of the body

Fungal infection is due to many reasons but the unpleasant surprise is some medicines and drugs cause fungal infection. Tolterodine, Aldara, Remicade, Antibiotics, Mycophenolate, Broad-spectrum antibiotics, Minoxidil tablets, CellCept, Loniten tablets, Detrol, Infliximab, Detrol LA, Immunosuppressants, Imiquimod are some medicines cause fungal infections.

Possibility of fungal infection is high in tissues of nails. Toenails get attacked by fungus than the finger nails. It is challengeable to so many people to get rid of toenail fungus. Toe nail fungus is common in old age people, diabetic complaint patients. It’s very rare in younger age peoples.

Topical medicines alone are not enough to get rid of toenail fungus. Because fungal infection medicines may not suit for liver or kidney problem patients, extreme care is essential on those patients when they affected by fungus infection. The duration to take medicines may 6 weeks, or 6 months or more than that based on which part is affected and how worse it is.

If it’s a starting stage of fungal infection then it’s possible to get rid toenail fungus shortly by some preventive measures. Wear cotton gloves, or other water proof foot wear while involving in water activities. Anti fungal foot powder can be used to keep the feet always dry. Use separate nail cutter or trimmer on infected nail, usage of same nail cutter may spread the fungus.

Oral medicines to fungal infection are very traditional procedure. Home remedies and medical treatments both proved to produce effective results in curing the infection. Some medicines to get rid of toenail fungus Abelcet, AmBisome, Amphotericin B lipid complex, Amphotericin B Liposomal.

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