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Urinary incontinence is the inability to control urination. Incontinence may also apply to defecation. Urinary incontinence is most commonly a female disorder, relating to birth trauma.

Stress incontinence refers to the release of a small amount of urine when coughing, or laughing. This is especially common in women following childbirth, which stretches the urethral sphincter muscles.

Urge incontinence is an urgent and uncontrollable desire to void urine.

Total incontinence is rare and requires a severe disorder, such as a vesicovaginal fistula to bypass the bladder.

Overflow incontinence affects men most commonly, usually with prostate disorders. The bladder is always full, there is difficulty in voiding and the overflow spills over.


Weak pelvic floor muscles are usually responsible and may be compounded by prolapse of the uterus. Muscles may be strengthened and the problem overcome in the vast majority of cases.

Infection and inflammation must be ruled out.

Signs & Symptoms

Voiding of urine is easy to notice which adds to the embarrassment often felt by the sufferer. Indeed, lack of embarrassment may be an additional worry and indicative of other neurodegenerative disease processes.

Nutritional Supplements

General Supplements

DMAE liquid
Lysine1,000 mg bid
Vitamin A*
Vitamin C1,000 mg
Vitamin E*

*Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.

Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

A "Golden Rule" is to eliminate late night drinks.

Salty and extra spicy foods (which induce water retention and irritation, respectively) may need to be avoided.

Foods rich in vitamin A would support the nutritional supplements: apricots, asparagus, beet greens, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, collards, dandelion greens, mustard greens, peaches, pumpkins, red peppers, sweet potatoes, turnip greens and yellow squash.

Homeopathic Remedy

Stinging & burningApis Mellifica
Craving for salty foodsNatrum muriaticum
UrethritisUva ursi tinct.

Treatment Schedule

Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies may be single strength (of fairly weak potency e.g. 6X ) or a blend of several weaker strengths (6X, 8X, 10X).

This may comprise a single remedy, or several remedies.

Doses are administered on a 3 times daily (tid), between meals,schedule and continued for 3 days.

Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose.

Solid preparations are usually 2 or 3 pellets per dose.

Children use 1/2 dose i.e. 1 pellet.

If there is aggravation of the symptoms, stop taking the remedy and consult a homeopath.


Murphy, R. : Homeopathic Medical Repertory. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1993.

Murphy, R. : Lotus Materia Medica. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1995.

Pert, J.C.: Homeopathy for the Family. The Homoeopathic Development Foundation, London. 1985 edition.

Tissue Salts

Ferr. Phos.

Herbal Approaches


Devil's Claw
Uva Ursi

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.


Cornsilk and Uva Ursi are diuretics.

Devil's Claw is reputed to strengthen the bladder.


Hoffmann, D: The New Holistic Herbal. Element, 1983. Third edition 1990.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Cypress Essence,Thuja Essence.

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