When suffering from incontinence, many women may be inclined to go the natural route in terms of treatment, which can instill the use of herbs and other medicinal aids. Continue reading to discover various herbs for incontinence that have been used throughout the centuries for improved bladder health and a better quality of life.
Cleavers (Galium aparine)
Also known as clivers, sticky willy, stickybud, or stickyweed, cleavers are a North American spring or winter annual plant that is believed to relieve overactive bladder by acting on the urinary system; exactly how is yet to be scientifically researched. They are typically consumed as herbal teas due to their hooks.
Buchu (Barosma betulina)
The use of this South African herb for its antispasmodic, antiseptic, fever-reducing, diuretic, and other medicinal properties dates back to the 17th century. It has also been traditionally used to support overall bladder well-being by nourishing bladder tissues and fighting inflammation, although the scientific world has yet to back up these claims.1
Lingzi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)
This oriental fungus has ancient roots in treating hepatitis, hypertension, and high cholesterol levels as well as relieving the urge associated with overactive bladder. However, while promising studies in males have been published, further research concerning women has yet to be revealed.2
This member of the fern family is named as such for its long, tale-like appearance. It is proven high in antioxidants, which may contribute to its bladder-protecting properties, yet this has yet to be confirmed in the scientific world.
Women working with herbs for incontinence are advised to consult with certified herbalists for correct dosing. Moreover, when integrating them into a comprehensive incontinence treatment plan, women can find the bladder health they're looking for far into their twilight years. So, take initiative today for a happier, healthier tomorrow!
- Chughtai, B. et al. (2013). Use of Herbal Supplements for Overactive Bladder. Reviews in Urology, 15(3), 93-96. Retrieved November 19, 2019, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3821987/
- Corcos, J. et al. (Eds.). (2015). Overactive Bladder: Practical Management. New Jersey: Wiley Blackwell. Available from Google Books.
- Bladder & Bowel Community. (n.d.). 10 Overactive Bladder Treatment Options to Try. Retrieved November 19, 2019, from https://www.bladderandbowel.org/news/10-overactive-bladder-treatments/
- Noguchi, M. et al. (2008). Randomized clinical trial of an ethanol extract of Ganoderma lucidum in men with lower urinary tract symptoms. Asian Journal of Andrology, 10(5), 777-785. Doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2008.00361.x