Natural Remedies for Frequent Urination
Frequent urination issues have happened to most people somewhere during their childhood, and often into adulthood for one reason or another. Reasons can and do vary widely, such as bed wetting, kids peeing their pants, infections, or side effects from drugs. There are, however, some natural remedies that you can take, or things you can do to help slow or stop frequent urination problems.
I can speak for some of these remedies because I have experienced and/or tried them and found them to work, but some of these natural remedies for frequent urination simply stand on their own. Part of the remedy also depends on what your issue is.
The question to answer first is why do you or what makes you pee a lot? Peeing the bed, or having frequent urination due to a bladder infection are two different things, for instance.
Frequent urination issues, herbs, and things to do
If leaking into your underwear or pants is a common problem it may be that your pelvic region simply needs a muscle tone tune-up, or that you have a bladder infection, or in extremely rare cases that your bladder might be deformed (see a doctor for diagnosis).
Usually a sleep problem, not a frequent urination problem. Consider sleeping at least 2-5 more hours per night than usual, and do not withhold liquids before bed! I was a bed wetter and my poor mom tried everything with me from eating cinnamon sticks, to waking me up at all hours of the night, to sleeping on the ‘electric sheets’ and none of them worked.
When my daughter wet the bed (it runs in our family) I took her to the doctor, who recommended a sleep lab, which after they put her through a sleep test they simply said, “sleep at least 10-12 hours per night,” which did the trick!
Daytime frequent urination / leaking:
Consider kegel exercises if your pelvic floor muscles are weak. How do you know? If you are suffering from frequent urination and know you do not have a bladder infection, and your doctor has checked you but not diagnosed you with a rare disorder or deformity, then it might be kegels that will do the trick.
You can exercise these muscles anywhere (even in public and no one will know!) up to 200 times per day, or else start and stop your urine stream as often as possible every time you sit down on the toilet to pee, and that should strengthen those muscles soon enough and stop the leaking!
If it stings when you pee then frequent urination might be due to a bladder infection. There are numerous reasons why you might get one, but it is also common among people who have just recently started having sexual intercourse since bacteria can cause it (just go pee after you have sex to reduce the risk).
Drink cranberry juice! Even the cocktail with sugar in it—sugar feeds a bladder infection, but the cranberry is strong enough to overcome it—should be consumed all day long for three days straight; and I mean drink NOTHING else (not even water, no coffee, tea, soda, etc. either). That will almost always get rid of a bladder infection. If it persists see your doctor.
Besides drinking cranberry juice to help reduce bacteria that could cause frequent urination, try this…
Corn Silk: This is an herb that may help you treat frequent urination. Corn silk is also called Zea mays and is native to warmer subtropical countries. Dr.. Sharol Tilgner, ND (naturopathic doctor) wrote the book “Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth,” says that corn silk is a natural antiseptic and is also antibacterial, and that it soothes the bladder. It can help treat bed-wetting, enuresis, and helps restore urinary tract health.
Uva Ursi: This evergreen shrub has been used for centuries by Native American Indian populations for treating urinary tract infections and frequent urination. Uva ursi grows in the alpine forests in North America, Siberia, and even Europe and the Himalayas. The leaves are medicinal, a natural antiseptic, and diuretic. Seek a doctor’s advice and do not take while pregnant.
Uva ursi is an herb that may be effective in treating your frequent urination. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, uva ursi, also known as Arctostaphylos uva ursi, is a trailing evergreen shrub that has been used for centuries by Native Americans to help treat urinary tract infections. Uva ursi thrives in alpine forests throughout the world, including North America, Europe, Siberia and the Himalayas.
Uva ursi, a member of the heath family, has an astringent and slightly sweet taste. The leaves of the plant are used medicinally. Tilgner states that uva ursi is a urinary tract antiseptic and diuretic that is helpful in treating urinary tract infections that cause frequent urination. If you are pregnant, avoid taking this herb. Talk to your doctor before taking uva ursi to help treat your frequent urination.
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