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Incontinence

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008

Summary

Incontinence as described in the literature is not as simple as most would think.  There are two general types that are quite different, urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence.  Then within urinary incontinence three types are described; stress incontinence, overflow incontinence, and urge incontinence.  Or, if someone experience more than one type at the same time it is known as mixed incontinence.

  The most common problem is stress incontinence that occurs when someone coughs, exercises, laughs, sneezes or other things that put pressure on the bladder.  This type of incontinence is more common in women than men primarily because of pregnancy and the difference in the female anatomy. 

  Urge incontinence is a sudden need to urinate, the bladder immediately contracts, and the person may not even have time to react before leakage occurs.  Taking a drink, hearing water run, or even a thought can trigger this reaction.

  Overflow incontinence is when the bladder cannot empty completely and leakage follows.

  Fecal incontinence is the loss of the regular control of the bowels resulting in involuntary excretion and leaking.  This type of incontinence can be simply from constipation or diarrhea or longer term from damage to the nerves or muscles associated with the anal sphincter.  The more common reasons for this are damage during birthing and normal aging.

  Bed wetting (enuresis) in children is not considered incontinence.  Under the age of 5 or 6 it is not uncommon.  Go to the separate page on bed wetting for more information.

The process of urine flow requires the coordination of the muscles in the bladder wall and the muscles of the sphincter (the valve that allows urine to leave the bladder).  As the bladder fills from the kidneys the nervous system will signal the sphincter to open and the bladder walls to contract giving normal urination.  Incontinence can occur either with the opening or leaking of the sphincter or the bladder muscle contracting and forcing leakage past the sphincter. Bladder control is not an uncommon problem especially with older adults. 

Incontinence can be caused by some diseases and medicines and be a short-term problem or a long term or chronic conditions can be the result of medical procedures or bodily malfunctions. 

Among women pregnancy or weight gain can stretch the muscles that support the bladder in the pelvic region.  This lack of support puts pressure on the bladder and sphincter and does not allow them to function properly. Common among men are Prostateproblems with the prostate gland that surrounds the urethra and is just under the bladder and before the sphincter.  An enlarge prostate, common in aging men, or treatment for prostate cancer can disrupt the normal functioning of bladder and sphincter muscles.

There are some physical things that can be done to help, especially women with weakened muscles in the pelvic area.  Bladder retraining where a definite schedule is set for urination and followed rigorously (whether you need to go or not) with a widening period of time till a comfortable 3 to 4 hour period is reached.  Another is Kegel exercises that strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.  Suggestions and experiences with essential oils can be viewed by clicking on the tabs above.

 

[search helps: faecal incontinence, FI, bowel incontinence, detrusor muscle]

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Citrus BlissC, CloveC, CypressC, FrankincenseC, LavenderC, ThymeC

Essential oils based products:

Also consider:

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

Female related incontinence:

  Apply and rub in a few drops of Cypress topically over the bladder area

  Also consider coupling with the bladder retraining procedure and Kegel exercises

 

Prostate related incontinence:

Protocol 1:

  Apply 2 drops Frankincense to the area between the rectum and scrotum 2 times per day (also consider the reflexology points)

  Place 2 drops of Frankincense under the tongue daily

 Protocol 2 (originated with Dr. Hill):

Prepare a 00 capsule with 10 -13 drops of the following blend and take orally 2-3 times daily.

Blend:

  5 parts Frankincense

  3 parts Thyme

  3 parts Clove

  3 parts Lavender

  5 parts Citrus Bliss

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Vickie - About 2 years ago my husband had prostate cancer and braketherapy.  He now has to get up 3-4 times a night to go to the bathroom and has to go very frequently during the day also.  Do you know of anything that will help?

Julie Ann – I know an older gentleman who was having prostate trouble.  I told him to apply Frankincense to the privates externally and take it under the tongue, a few drops daily.  He told me that his frequent going has stopped and he can get a good nights rest now.

Rosemary – My friend has prostate cancer, it is very enlarged and his PSA numbers are high.  He has taken the following formula for two weeks and came back for more.  He said the incontinence has improved, it is easier to urinate, and is not painful.  This formula came from Dr. Hill.

I put the oils in one bottle, dropping it in sequence. Of course you can make the capsules up each time, dropping the oils in the capsule one at a time.   A 15ml bottle holds enough oil for 16 dosages.  You put 19 drops into a veggie capsule.  I figured it costs around $39.  Formula: 5 drops Frankincense, 3 drops Thyme, 3 drops Clove, 3 drops Lavender, 5 drops Citrus Bliss.  He is supposed to be doing it 2 to 3 times a day at the first.  He always does it once, but tries to do it AM and PM

    

Gretchen - My 12 year old son and I just finished our day 10 of the GX cleanse and we have started PB Assist. …The reason we are doing this with him is because even at 12 he still wets the bed every night. … Any suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated.

Curl - Try rubbing Cypress on his belly at night before bedtime. My mother in law has been using the Cypress for incontinence and it's been working great for her.

 

Protocols folks recommend for children

 

 

Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

 

What Science & Research are saying

Australian Continence Journal, May 2001

HERBAL ESSENTIAL OILS FOR URINARY INCONTINENCE

DR ELIZABETH STEELS BSc(Hon) PhD Applied Science and Nutrition Pty. Ltd., TRACEY SEIPEL BSc BNt Dip Herb.M MsT, MANPA, AMANDA RAO BAppSc PGDip AppSc

Excerpts taken from this study follow (the full PDF may be found online).

INTRODUCTION

This study investigates the effectiveness of a natural therapeutic preparation, BioLogic® bladder control cream, in relieving symptoms of urinary incontinence. The preparation, containing primarily essential oil herbal actives, was developed based on a review of the traditional literature and on consultation with natural therapy practitioners of treatments commonly used to relieve symptoms of urinary incontinence. The product was then formulated in accordance with the principles of essential oil administration.

The active ingredients are essential oils of Citrus sinensis (Orange) oil, Juniperus virginiana (Virginia cedarwood) stem oil, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) oil, Citrus aurantium (neroli or Orange flower) oil, and Cupressus sempervirens (Cypress) leaf.  …

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Thirteen women experiencing symptoms of urge incontinence and/or stress incontinence were recruited through newspaper advertisements. Three women withdrew from the study for personal reasons within the first few weeks. The remaining 10 women completed the 3 months of the study.

Women experiencing urinary incontinence on a regular basis were considered eligible for inclusion in the study if they met the following criteria:

• They had not undergone recent surgery, particularly hysterectomy or prolapse repair, within the last 12 months.

• They had not recently undergone childbirth (within the last 12 months).

• They were not using any medicine for incontinence symptoms in the last month.

• They did not have any serious health conditions such as diabetes mellitus, heart disease, pancreatic disease, hepatic disease or chronic inflammatory conditions.

• They were not currently being treated for psychotic disturbances.

• They did not suffer from skin disorders that are affected by transdermal applications.

Women were asked to maintain current dietary patterns but were not given any advice regarding diet during the study. The exercise patterns of the participants were also noted, with women engaged in some form of exercise at least three times a week regarded as being active.

Participants were asked to apply 5gm of the cream to the body twice daily for a period of 3 months.  …

RESULTS

…  Prior to commencement of the treatment, all women reported that they were extremely bothered by leakage. The cause of the leakage was often a combination of the feeling of urgency, the result of physical activity or just continuous leakage.  …

The study results indicate a significant positive change in the responses concerning leakage relating to urgency and activity. These effects were observed after the initial month on the treatment and continued to improve over the 3 months. There were also improvements in the area of continual leakage and difficulty emptying bladder, although these only became significant after the full 3 months of the treatment. It is noteworthy, however, that there were no significant changes in the response to frequency of urination over the 3 months. …

DISCUSSION

… The mechanism whereby this treatment may reduce incontinence symptoms is not clear. There is evidence for the use of Virginia cedarwood in treating incontinence, enuresis and assisting bladder tone as well as bladder infections, difficult urination and cystitis. The documented properties likely to produce this effect are the antispasmodic, diuretic, antiseptic and astringent.

Cypress is documented as an antispasmodic, astringent, antiseptic, deodourant, diuretic and tonic that may promote venous circulation to the kidneys and bladder area, improve bladder tone and assist with urinary incontinence and enuresis.

Recent literature describes Myrrh as an astringent and antiseptic that produces a soothing effect on mucous membranes of the urinary system and promotes healing of tissues. Orange and neroli are documented as having anti-spasmodic, antiseptic and deodourant effects.

These essential oils appear to target the urinary system and  promote better control over urination. But it is not clear whether  this is a result of an action on the muscles of the pelvic floor, sphincter or bladder wall itself. Some of these essential oils are also recommended for male reproductive health, indicating a possible effect on the prostate in men.

The common properties of each of these essential oils may provide some insight into their mechanism of action for incontinence symptoms. In decreasing order of commonality, the key actions that may relate to incontinence relief are antispasmodic, astringent, antiseptic, diuretic, deodourant and tonic.

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