An overactive bladder can be an embarrassing and distressing condition. But the good news is that there are natural herbal remedies to help you cope with and overcome it.
Overactive bladder (OAB) is a relatively common condition affecting around 33 million people in the United States alone. Usually setting in after the age of 40, an overactive bladder occurs when you have a problem with storing urine in the bladder – which leads to a sudden and urgent need to urinate. This intense urge, the key symptom of OAB, may be difficult to control, and at times cause a urine leakage, which is known as incontinence. Other symptoms include disturbed sleep owing to the frequent need to urinate throughout the night (nocturia), and social anxiety or depression caused by embarrassment and a feeling of shame.
Apart from doctor visits and medications, a large number of people also seek alternative treatment options and natural ways to deal with the symptoms of OAB. In fact, herbal treatments and supplements are gaining increasing popularity. Here are 10 of the most commonly-used herbal remedies that can help you to manage your OAB symptoms.
A natural remedy whose effects on bladder activity have been well studied, gosha-jinki-gan is a traditional Chinese medicine which combines 10 different herbs. Researchers have found that this herbal medicine works by maintaining balance in the nervous system, and thus inhibits unintended bladder activity. This can help people suffering from overactive bladder to control the symptoms. Japanese researchers found that people who took gosha-jinki-gan every day for 8 weeks needed to urinate less – and since it helps to control the urge, this herbal remedy helps you combat incontinence as well.
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