A while ago, I wrote an article about how to cure UTIs, Kidney Stones, and Urethritis with home remedies. This article is going to deal with something a little more difficult.
Incontinence is the inability to retain feces or the uncontrollable urge to urinate when sitting, standing, laughing or sneezing. It affects mostly women, and the age range starts at a surprisingly early 20 years old and runs until the end life, with a large increase in those affected after the age of forty.
There are many different types of incontinence. The most common is ‘stress incontinence’. No, not stress the way you feel about work sometimes, but stress as in pressure. This can be as simple as putting pressure on your bladder, but sitting, laughing, sneezing or coughing. Stress incontinence most often occurs after child birth, as a result of injury or strain during pregnancy or birth to the pelvic muscles. Pelvic muscles are what keep your urethra closed.
The other causes can be a swollen prostate (in men), damage to nerve control after sickness or stroke, cancer, bladder stones, or MS.
Golden Lock, taken as a tea. Golden lock helps stabilize the kidneys, prevents the leakage of fluids by tightening the muscles. May be helpful for premature ejaculations, impotence, or frequent urination. Should be avoided at the beginning of cold or flu symptoms.
Ginkgo Biloba Seeds can act as a tonic to your kidneys and bladder and have been used for incontinence and excessive urination. The tea is also pleasant, has few side effects and is just generally comforting.
Horsetail made as a tea or in supplement form has wonderful toning and astringent properties, which help encourage your pelvic floor muscles to strengthen.
Fiber will help prevent constipation or straining, both of which are linked to a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. This will help ease the burden on your muscles.
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Water – the more you use your bladder, the stronger your muscles will become.
Probably the most well known exercises for pelvic floor weakness are Kegels. Kegels involve flexing the floor of your pelvis, which helps strengthen your pelvic muscles, ensuring your bladder and urethra operate as they should. Younger women have an easier time of this than older women, or women who have given birth. If you’re having problems locating your pelvic muscles, you can purchase a vaginal cone, which are inserted into the vagina and you flex your muscles, feeling the resistance. Or you can purchase ben wa balls, which are weighted balls inserted into the vagina and carried around, your pelvic muscles work to keep them inside, and it’s similar to having a weighted tampon. (Bonus, ben wa balls are linked to increased female ability to orgasm).
Another exercise you can use is the bridge. Lay on your back, feet on the floor and knees bent toward the ceiling. Lift your hips off the floor, so that your shoulders and feet take the weight of your body, your tummy should be flat from your knees down your thighs to your chest.
Lean against a wall, with your feet out about a foot and a half distance from the wall. Then “sit” like you’re in a chair. Keep your thighs parallel to the floor and your knees above your ankles. Use your back and legs to support your body.
Yep, plain, simple, kids-do-them-for-fun jumping jacks.
Shealy, C. Norman. MD. PhD. The Healing Remedies Sourcebook: Over 1, 000 Natural Cures to Prevent and Cure Common Ailments. Harper Publishing, 1998. Print.
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