The urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine where there are uncontrollable urination and urge to urinate. Incontinence is often so serious that it does not allow the individual to have a reasonable time to go to the bathroom.

The involuntary leakage of urine can have a trigger such as: coughing, sneezing, straining . This problem translates into a physical, psychological and social problem that violates the quality of life of the individual.

It is a clinical entity that mostly affects children, the elderly and women due to the weakness in these individuals of the pelvic floor and voiding muscles.

Incontinence is caused by increased bladder pressure that is greater than that of the urethra, a tube that allows urine to pass from the bladder to the outside. The detrusor muscle located in the wall of the bladder may have an overactivity that causes incontinence due to neurological problems, alteration of external muscles and the pelvic floor and due to lack of contraction of the internal sphincter due to organic damage.

Types of urinary incontinence

There are different types of incontinence:

  1. Effort: When coughing or sneezing or simply exerting some effort, urine leaks out. This happens in women who have been pregnant who have decreased pelvic muscle tone.
  2. Urgent: In this type of incontinence, diseases that affect the innervation of the bladder muscles play a fundamental role, in this case the most affected is the detrusor. In diseases such as diabetes mellitus, there is a nervous hyperactivity limited to the autonomic nervous system that increases the tension of the detrusor and causes incontinence. In the elderly it is very common.
  3. Due to overflow : bladder is very full and cannot empty, when the bladder cannot hold any more urine, it overflows. This can be seen in cases of prostatic growth in men.
  4. For psychogenic cause: It is associated with external stimuli that affect the senses (cold or water), strong and sudden emotions (fear, anguish or pleasure) or phobias and manias.

Regarding the treatments, it is said that there are methods such as hygienic ones that include the taking of beverages that are not diuretic such as infusions, milk or alcohol, the taking of beverages is controlled by schedules, drinking plenty of fluids during the morning.

Herbal remedies to control urinary incontinence

There are also pharmacological treatments that keep the tone of the detrusor relaxed and that of the urethra contracted and thus prevent involuntary urine output with anticholinergic drugs. The use of herbal medications that can help control this clinical entity is also booming , which we will talk about below.


This herbal plant that helps control urinary incontinence, urgency and overactive bladder was studied in Japan and achieved very effective results in people with urinary incontinence. The doctor should be consulted for proper dosage management.

Buchu (Agathosma betulina)

It is a medicinal plant that has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and urinary tonic effects. In addition, it strengthens the tissues associated with urination and relieves systemic irritation. There is a recipe that has produced good results: you should place 1 teaspoon of this herb in a cup of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain and drink this tea a couple of times a day until you get positive results.

Note: Do not use this herb if you have pain and inflammation in the urinary tract. Consult your doctor before trying this or any other herbal remedy.

Apple vinager

It does not act directly on urinary incontinence but helps control body weight, one of the causes that allow the appearance of this clinical entity. In addition, it works as an excellent health tonic.

As already discussed, excess weight contributes to urinary incontinence, as the fat around the hips and areas of the abdomen puts additional pressure on the bladder. With this ingredient you can make a homemade recipe: mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, and add a little honey. Drink 2 or 3 times a day until you are satisfied with the results.


It is an herb found in North America and Europe. It is considered as a substitute for coffee and has similar properties but in this case, it acts as a tonic for the bladder wall and helps the detrusor maintain its adequate tonicity with respect to the sphincters of the urethra.

Protects against bladder irritation by forming a soft layer along the bladder. Place 2 to 3 teaspoons of this herb in a cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and drink this tea 3 times a day until improvement is noticeable.

It is important to note that there are toning exercises called Kegel exercises that consist of doing anywhere, preferably sitting, of voluntary movements as if you were stopping the urine while urinating. This will allow the pelvic floor muscles to tone and improve incontinence.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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