Do you suffer from an overactive bladder or urinary incontinence? Well, for sure, you are losing patience when it comes to the frequent bathroom visits and night awakenings which are caused by this condition. With an overactive bladder, you may sometimes feel embarrassed, isolate yourself, or limit your work or social life. Maybe you already have tried prescription medicines or you’re not willing to take on their risks.
At present, there were pieces of evidence found that a herbal blend containing horsetail could help treat this condition without any dangerous side effects of prescription drugs.
There was a study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal, which looked at the botanical blend known as Urox. This blend contains the extract of Japanese evergreen spicebush root, Crateva nurvala stem bark, and horsetail stem extract.
The study includes 150 participants – men and women aged 18 and over who suffered from symptoms like excessive night urination at least twice a night, urinating more than 10 times per day, urgency at least twice a day, and incontinence once a day or more during the past 6 months. The participants were divided into a placebo group and a group that was given 420 mg of Urox per day. After that, the subjects of the study were given an instruction to report their urinary frequency. Throughout the eight-week study, they also visited doctors at the beginning and every two weeks.
At the final week, those in the group that took the supplement had a significantly lower urinary frequency as compared to those taking the placebo. The report shows that, by the end of the trial, 17 of 70 people in the treatment group had already no symptoms; while in the placebo group, only one person could say the same. Furthermore, 5 of those 17 participants confirmed that their conditions were reversed in just two weeks and stayed that way throughout the period of the study.
Natural treatments can often manage incontinence and overactive bladder
There are many shreds of evidence showing how herbal remedies can be quite effective when it comes to addressing bladder problems. Actually, the American Urological Association guidelines encourage people suffering from overactive bladders to opt for natural remedies such as weight management, dietary changes, and natural herbs and supplements.
Horsetail comes from the family of plants as ferns. Silica, found in the hollow stem of this plant, help protect against osteoporosis thus, making it a powerful bone enhancer. In addition to this, horsetail also has anti-inflammatory properties that help alleviate swelling and besides helping with urinary incontinence, it also promotes overall wellness. It can be added to recipes like stir-fries and soup. You can consume it raw or cooked or can be made into a tea.
Some herb also known to treat overactive bladder are capsaicin, vitamin D, corn silk, pumpkin seed extracts, and the Chinese herb known as Gosha-jinki-gan.