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Alternative Treatments for Incontinence Pt 2

25.09.2009 | Posted in: Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

In the first part of our article about Alternative Treatments for Incontinence, we discussed combining natural medicine with some exercises in order to improve the effectiveness of incontinence treatments.

The first part focused on exercises and alternative medicines like acupuncture to improve and provide symptom relief for incontinence.

Today will look into some Herbs commonly used in incontinence treatments. Herbs that can be used to Improve Incontinence Symptoms, if Marijuana is the first herb that comes to your mind, we are sorry to inform that Marijuana is not used in any kind of incontinence treatment.

Herbs can used in a variety of ways, dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts).

Horsetail: Plants from the Equisetaceae family, address the symptoms of urinary incontinence by helping to maintain the integrity of connective tissues.

Plantain: An astringent and demulcent, which will help tighten pelvic and bladders muscles. Plantains tend to be firmer and lower in sugar if compared to our every day bananas, although there is no formal botanical distinction between bananas and plantains.

Marshmallow Root: Is a urinary demulcent, best used alone in a cold infusion. Soak 1 heaping tbsp. of marshmallow root in 1 qt. of cold water overnight. Strain and drink during the day in addition to other teas.

It is important to highlight that the content of this article is aimed for informational purposes only and it is not intended to replace by any means your doctor’s recommendations.

We would love to hear your opinion now. Do you think combining herbs and exercising could improve Incontinence Symptoms?

Share your thoughts in our comments section and don’t miss the third part of our series of Alternative Treatments for Incontinence where we’ll cover some commonly used homeopathic remedies.

Alternative Treatments for Incontinence

23.09.2009 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence, Pelvic Floor Exercises | Author: Samantha Hall

Incontinence and other bladder problems don’t necessarily have to be treated with medications and there is no unique treatment strategy for incontinence. Leakages can be prevented temporarily with incontinence pads and bladder / pelvic muscles can be toned and strengthened by herbal remedies and simple exercises.

Combining natural medicine with Kegel exercise, biofeedback, acupuncture and so forth makes for a much more effective therapeutic strategy:


Biofeedback
helps you become more aware of signals from your body. This may help you regain control over the muscles in your bladder and urethra. Biofeedback can be used to help teach pelvic muscle exercises.

Kegel exercises also known as pelvic floor exercises, involve the voluntary contraction and relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercises strengthen the muscles that support the urethra, bladder, and uterus.

Acupuncture provides symptom relief for incontinence. It helps tone muscle and increase blood flow to the bladder. It can boost the immune system, soothe inflammation and restore balance to the hormones.

Yoga, more precisely the Aswini mudra exercise, is very similar the Kegel exercises.

Nutrition, eliminate foods and drinks that can irritate your bladder, including alcohol, caffeine, foods high in acid (such as tomato or grapefruit), spicy foods, sweetener substitutes and sugars. Keep a food diary to see if any correlation exists between what you consume and your incontinence.

It is important to highlight that the content of this article is aimed for informational purposes only and it is not intended to replace by any means your doctor’s recommendations.

Incontinence Advice and Tips for Carers

01.09.2009 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

Taking care of loved ones is a rewarding job. However, it might not be highly profitable and at times can have its ups and downs – one of the biggest obstacles of caring is when the person you care for becomes incontinent.

To help carers across the country overcome this obstacle, we have created this list of incontinence advice and tips with tricks – most have incontinence products to make your life easier.

Incontinence Products

Disposable Gloves – Always have a box of disposable latex gloves around the house.

Adult Wipes – Adult wet wipes are ideal for the less mobile patients.

Odour Neutralizing Sprays – These sprays will remove room odours instantly.

Incontinence Pads – with a wide range available, disposable or washable pads, there is one suitable for each type of patient.

Bed Protection – These pads are designed to protect bedding, mattresses and chairs. Again you have a choice of washable and disposable pads.

Wash Creams and Mousses – Cleanses, restores and protects even the most delicate skin. Replaces soap and water and other conventional skin conditioning products.

Tip: Keep all these incontinence products in one place, so you don’t have to run around the house looking for them when you need it.

Keep the morale up!

It is extremely important that you, as a carer, don’t make the incontinent person feel bad about their condition. Try talking to them and explaining that Incontinence is a common condition and there is nothing to be ashamed off.

When referring to the “diapers” try not to use that word, use words like incontinence pad or padded underwear instead.

Remember helping people with incontinence can be a strenuous and frustrating task, so every now and then try to put yourself in their situation, that will help you regain your calm and the will help them.