Urinary incontinence is a problem that can affect people of all ages, that is to say, children, adults and the elderly. There are 3 main types of incontinence: stress incontinence, urge incontinence and mixed incontinence. There also are other types of incontinence of various origins.
Stress incontinence stress mainly affects women and occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are weakened. Sometimes, some efforts such as excessive coughing, laughing or sneezing can result in the loss of a small amount of urine. This loss is caused by the pressure due to the stress being applied on the perineum. Urge incontinence affects both men and women equally, as well as children. It is due to the hypersensitivity of the bladder muscles caused by movements such as walking or laughing.
The patient suffering from urinary incontinence often feels the need to urinate urgently. Mixed urinary incontinence combines these two types of incontinence. There are also specifically incontinence affecting men, such as overflow incontinence. This type of urinary incontinence is caused by an overflow of urine in the bladder, which never empties completely. Functional incontinence occurs when a person recognizes the need to urinate but cannot make it to the bathroom. It is caused by physical or mental disorders. It occurs in older individuals who suffer from Parkinson’s disease or strokes.
In children, the dosage for each homoeopathic remedy consists of 3 granules, to be taken 3 times a day. If enuresis occurs during the first sleep, administer Sepia 9 CH. Belladonna 9 CH can be taken to relieve restless sleep accompanied by dreams of urinating. As for the Benzoïcum 9 CH, it is indicated for people of which the urine releases a strong odour. In case of incontinence that affects women, who prefer to urinate standing up or feel the need to urinate despite being unable to produce any results, it is advisable to take 5 granules of Causticum 5, 7 or 9 CH twice a day.
Sometimes the bladder is paralysed by vesical atony or sphincteric atony. Taking Causticum 15 or 30 CH will alleviate this symptom. If urinary incontinence is accompanied by burning sensations that disappear during urination, you must take Staphysagria 15 CH every Sunday. To be more specific, a single dose of this remedy is required per intake, and treatment should last for a month. Incontinence in men can be relieved by taking Aloe socrotina diluted to 100%. If the urine is abundant and has a dark colour, take Medorrhinum diluted to 80%. The use of Apis 60% helps to relieve irritation.
It is necessary to consult a doctor as soon as the first symptoms appear. Indeed, complications require a consultation with a urologist. Burning sensations, blood in urine and fever are all warning signs of incontinence.
• Hyoscyamus Niger
Good to know: Sometimes, incontinence in children is accompanied by loss of matter, in which case homoeopathy can prove to be a serious help. Taking Hyoscyamus niger helps to relieve this type of incontinence.