Creating Waves of Awareness
Urinary incontinence is a condition in which the urine leaks out involuntarily. It affects men, women and children. (Bedwetting)
It is twice as common in women than in men. Thirteen million Americans suffer from this problem. It affects millions in India and Pakistan, especially women, who for cultural reasons avoid bringing the subject to the fore, like many other problem.
This problem has a profound effect on the life of a person, of both genders. In women it can be the cause of depression and isolation from social scene.
Physiology of Incontinence
Continence and micturition are the result of the balanced activity of the muscles of the urinary bladder and urethra. Under normal condition the urethral pressure normally exceeds the bladder pressure. This results in urine remaining in the bladder. It is interesting to note that under normal condition while, coughing, laughing, or sneezing the intra-abdominal pressure results in an increase in both the urethral and bladder pressure, but as differential pressure remains the same there is no voiding of urine; Normal voiding takes place when urethral pressure reduces and bladder pressure rises. Urinary incontinence results when there is imbalance in these two pressures for various reasons.
Causes of Incontinence
Polyurea may occur due to diabetes mellitus, central diabetes insipidus, nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, brain disorders like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, and spinal injury. Use of caffeine and colas may contribute to incontinence.
In men over forty, enlargement of prostate, or cancer of the prostate can contribute to this disease.
Use of certain medication, such as blood pressure medication, which tend to relax muscles leading to incontinence. Diuretics, which increase production of urine putting pressure on the bladed. Anti depressant, can act both ways, they can induce or retard incontinence.
Types of Incontinence
Homeopathy and Incontinence
Homeopathy has lot to offer on this subject, but treatment will depend on extremely careful case taking, based on “ Location, Sensation, Modality” and Concomitant symptoms, whether the approach is acute, constitutional, or miasmatic.
I will mention here that Synthesis Repertory which is part of the RADAR software enlists 246 medicines for “ INVOLUNTARY URINATION” or incontinence. Out of this there are 17 grade one remedies; Following are those: AIL, APIS, ARG- N, ARS, ARS-I, BELL, CAUST, DULC, LYC, NAT-MUR, NUX- M PHOS, PSOR, PULS, R-TOX, SEP, and STAPH.
It is not necessary that only grade one medicine will work better, but based on the correct case taking any selected from the list can bring about fruitful result;
Incontinence and Yoga
I personally consider yoga as an adjunct to any homeopathic treatment. It connects body, mind and soul and I always recommend this as part of the treatment. There is one “asana” called “ Mula Bandh” which the ancient text says that if practiced diligently it can alleviate and even cure urinary incontinence. Kiegel exercise is also based on the Mula Bandha yoga method.
I hope that my effort to bring awareness on this vital health issue of urinary incontinence brings help to those who are facing this challenge and derive some benefit from it. If it be so my purpose is served.