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Overactive Bladder-Overview

This is a urological condition, a problem with bladder function that causes a sudden urge to urinate. Usually the urge is extremely difficult to suppress, which means that it may lead to incontinence (the involuntary loss of urine.

The causes for overactive bladder are not yet known, but experts think that there may be some contributing factors that can, eventually, cause this condition. Neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, strokes and multiple sclerosis, are often linked to an overactive bladder.

The only known risk factor for this condition is aging. It is widely known that, as people get older, they have a great risk of getting this condition.

However, it may be because they more often develop problems that affect the bladder function, such as diabetes or enlarged prostate, which, in turn, lead to overactive bladder symptoms.

The symptoms occur in most cases because the muscles of the bladder involuntarily contract. This contraction creates the urgent need to urinate, therefore making the person urinate repeatedly during the day (usually eight or more times), and sometimes, making him wake at night to go to the bathroom. Some persons experience urge incontinence, which may be very frustrating for them.

The only thing people may do to avoid this condition is to have healthy lifestyle choices, i.e. to avoid caffeine, alcohol, exercise regularly and eat foods that are high in fiber.

Homeopathic Remedy

Homeopathy has proven to be very effective when it comes to some conditions. The most important quality of this type of treatment is that it has no side-effects. That is why more and more people are turning to homeopathy as a way out. However, if a person is suspecting of overactive bladder, he needs to consult a doctor first, so that he can rule out other conditions that may have caused it.

These are some of the best homeopathic remedies for relieving the symptoms of overactive bladder:

Pareira, used for when the person has great difficulty urinating due to prostate enlargement. Natrum muriaticum, especially helpful for women in menopause that have this problem. Zincum, used for prostate problems, particularly when a person has trouble urinating while standing. Causticum, helps with the problems of stress incontinence that a person might have due to this condition.

There are also herbs that may be used as a tea, that help greatly with the symptoms that a person is experiencing: horsetail (helps tissue heal), cleavers (this is, actually, a traditional tonic used for problems with urinating), buchu (has antiseptic properties), Marshmallow root (mainly used for its soothing properties), corn silk (as a diuretic), etc.

To avoid inflammation of the bladder, the next substances may be used: vitamin C (500 mg, two or three times a day, taken with meals), flax oil (1 tablespoon per day), and vitamin E (400 IU per day).

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