Home Remedies and Ayurvedic Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

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Urinary incontinence is a condition where there is involuntary leakage of urine before one actually passes. It may be temporary or permanent depending upon the cause.


Urinary incontinence may occur due to:

  • Bladder or urinary tract infection.
  • Neurological disorders, disc compression/slipped disc, impaired mobility (leg or hip fracture), and any injury to spinal cord.
  • Weak abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles.
  • Mental stress, fear, anxiety, etc.
  • Severe constipation.
  • Alcohol abuse and intake of more caffeinated drinks.
  • Prostate enlargement in elderly males.
  • Pregnancy, after delivery and after menopause in females.
  • Being obese.
  • After surgery like hysterectomy/spinal surgeries.
  • Suppression of urine and faeces.

Types of Urinary Incontinence

  • Stress incontinence - On physical exertion like coughing/sneezing/lifting heavy weight, you may notice leakage of small amount of urine.

  • Urge incontinence - You are unable to withhold the urine after getting urge for urination. There may be sudden leakage of large quantity of urine, before you visit the toilet or during sleep.

  • Overflow or overactive bladder incontinence - You may feel frequent urge for urination/ constant dribbling of urine.

  • Functional incontinence - Physical disability or mental impairment affects the physical movements/coordination and makes you unable to reach the toilet in time.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

According to Ayurveda, urinary incontinence is primarily a Vata disorder. In specific , it is vaigunya of apana vata (abnormality in the normal functioning of vata located in the bladder, groins, reproductive organs).

In this case the following remedies would be beneficial:

  • Consume fennel seeds/ drink water boiled with fennel seeds.
  • Dry jamun seed powder can be taken twice daily.
  • A cotton bandage dipped in dhanwantaram oil can be placed over the lower abdomen for 20-30 minutes daily.This normalises the flow of vata thus curing the incontinence.
  • Avagaha sveda (sitz bath) with vatahara kashaya like dashamoola kashayam/ dhanwantaram kashayam/dhanyamla.
  • De-seed and crush one gooseberry into paste, add a pinch of turmeric powder and 1 tsp of honey, mix well and have this mixture daily morning.
  • Regular consumption of 12-15 raisins and walnuts would be beneficial.
  • Half tsp of cinnamon powder  mixed with some sugar can be tried daily.
  • Give a small glass of cranberry juice to the patient,1 hour before bedtime.


Recommended Ayurvedic Formulations for Urinary Incontinence:

Chandraprabha Vati

Benefits:

  • Used in the Ayurvedic treatment of urinary tract infection, urinary calculus and difficulty n micturition.
  • Relieves constipation, bloating and abdominal colic.
  • Treats Diabetes
  • Improves strength, natural aphrodisiac and anti ageing medicine.
  • Also treats abnormalities of the respiratory tract, seminal and gynaecological problems.
  • Balances the three dosas.


Dosage: 2 tablets with warm water, twice daily or as prescribed by the physician.

Lifestyle Changes:

  • Avoid alcohol and smoking. Minimise the intake of caffeinated drinks.
  • Avoid exposure to chilly weather and cold winds.
  • Physical exertions, excessive workouts, etc., should be reduced.
  • Psychological factors like anxiety, fear, worry can aggravate the condition. Manage your emotional status through yoga, meditation and pranayama.
  • Fresh, hot and nutritious food should be taken.
  • Keep your skin moist and use creams to protect your skin from urine.
  • Use clean and dry cloth to keep yourself dry and avoid repeated washing/douching, as it may irritate your skin more.
  • At nighttime keep your way to the toilet clear, illuminated and away from obstructions or try using a bedpan.


Dietary changes:

  • Avoid alcohol, artificial sweeteners, chocolates
  • Cut on caffeine
  • Limit the intake of spicy food
  • Avoid acidic/sour fruits
  • Do not take carbonated drinks
  • Induge on nuts, beans and legumes, whole grains,black beans, split peas, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, and pinto beans.
  • Intake of food rich in fiber content
  • Intake of sweet fruits helps : sweet pears, apples, sweet potatoes, melons helps one solving this condition.

Exercise: 

  • Kegels exercises should be done daily to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
  • Pelvic floor ball squeeze
  • Elevator lunge
  • Pelvic floor activators
  • C curve abdominal contraction
  • Running


Yoga for urinary incontinence:

  • Surya namaskara
  • Ushtrasana
  • Utkatasana
  • Moola bandha
  • Pavanamuktasana


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Dr. Greeshma Nair


Dr. Greeshma Nair(B.A.M.S) is a Staunch believer that Ayurveda is not merely a science but lifestyle too. Her holistic approach towards diagnosis and treatment is based on the root cause of disease and gives you a three-dimensional solution to a condition that includes Ahaar (diet), Vihaar (lifestyle) and Aushadhi (medicines).


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  • Kishor

    De-seed and crush one gooseberry into paste, add a pinch of turmeric powder and 1 tsp of honey, mix well and have this mixture daily morning.

    What is De-seed ???



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