Uncommon (But Effective) Ways To Battle Overactive Bladder Problems

    overactive bladder signOveractive bladder syndrome has a wide variety of effects including social anxiety, depression, not to mention the effects it has on your organs.

    Here are a few herbal remedies and one new remedy you should try:

    Horsetail is an herb used for a variety of ailments, including these symptoms of overactive bladder: urinary leaks (incontinence), bladder stones, urinary tract infections. Horsetail may also be used for “general disturbances” related to the bladder.

    Saw palmetto plants are commonplace in eastern parts of the United States, such as Florida. While the tree might look good in your yard, some evidence suggests that it can do your bladder good, too. It is most effective in overactive bladder of men.

    Cornsilk: Gathered from the silky, hair-like threads of the corn stalk, cornsilk has been a remedy for urinary infections for so long that even the ancient Incas once used it. Cornsilk may have a soothing effect on the urinary tract.

    But, conquering your overactive bladder problem might also be helped by conquering the mind.

    The mind may offer a new path to better bladder control and a way to sidestep some of the embarrassing side effects of an overactive bladder, a new study suggests.

    Doctors at Loyola University Health System conducted a clinical trial using cognitive therapy for people with urge incontinence, also known as overactive bladder. They say they’ve found that cognitive therapy is an effective management strategy for urge incontinence.

    “The mind-body connection has proven to be particularly valuable for women suffering from incontinence,” study investigator Aaron Michelfelder, MD, associate professor in the department of family medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, says in a news release. “Cognitive therapy is effective with these women because they are motivated to make a change and regain control over their body.”

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