Home Remedies and Ayurvedic Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a condition where you are unable to control the leakage of urine. 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.

 

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 this case the following remedies would be beneficial:

  • Consume fennel seeds, dry jamun seed powder twice daily.
  • A cotton bandage dipped in dhanwantaram oil should be placed over the lower abdomen for 20-30 minutes daily.
  • 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:

 

Lifestyle and Dietary 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 dry 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.
  • Kegels exercises should be done daily to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

 

Additional Reading:

Urinary Incontinence – An Overview

To get more information and to buy ayurvedic products for relief from urinary incontinence, please click on the links below:

Dashamoola kashayam

Turmeric powder

Cinnamon powder  

Sukumaram kashayam

Dhanwantaram kashayam 

Chandraprabha vati

Aswagandha churna

Triphala churnam

 

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