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Irritable Bladder)

Edema (Dropsy)

SYMPTOMSFlow of urine is lessening. Great pain is felt in the bladder, and

the odor of urine is on the body. Almost total suppression can produce extreme
pain in the back and bladder, and even convulsions. There is always a great
desire to urinate.
CAUSESThere can be a blockage of some type. See Kidney Problems,
Bladder Problems, and other topics in this Urinary section.
Urine retention is generally caused by inflammation and swelling in the bladder
and its outlet. Excess urine in it causes the bladder to enlarge, and can cause
great pain.
Poor urine flow: Take a cold sitz bath (cold partial bath, as you
sit in the bathtub). Stop using salt. Drink 2 quarts a day of 50-50
orange juice and water.
Alternate method: Take a hot sitz bath repeatedly, followed by a
short cold bath. If bedridden, apply hot, followed by short cold,
over bladder, genital area, and entire length of spine.
Give a high enema of catnip tea. This is important in helping the
urine to again begin flowing.
Drink more water and take herbs which increase urine flow.
Corn-silk tea is the best; others include juniper berries, carrot tops,
comfrey, plantain, cleavers, chickweed.
Insert a soft catheter and draw out the urine. Steep the following
in a quart of boiling water: 1 tsp. goldenseal and a half tsp. each of
boric acid and myrrh. Strain through a fine cloth, and inject
through a fountain syringe. Retain as long as possible. You can
moisten the tip with slippery elm tea. Slipper elm is slippery!
A cold shower often helps.
Stopped urine flow: Almost total urine suppression generally
points to the kidneys as the problem.
Put the person to bed; give him a very warm high enema of
catnip tea. This will bring great relief. Also apply hot
fomentations, wrung out of smartweed tea, to the bladder and
lumbar region (small of back). Give 2-3 hot sitz baths in a bathtub,

each day.
An especially helpful remedy is a strong, hot as can be taken, tea
of catnip, given as an enema. Drink it freely.
Also see the kidney and bladder diseases in this Urinary section.

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INCONTINENCE1 (Urinary Stress Incontinence)

SYMPTOMSOccasional dribbling. An involuntary loss of urine, in very

small amounts, accompanies coughing, sneezing, laughing, walking, running,
lifting, or any sudden shock or strain.
CAUSESIncontinence tends to occur in women more than men, although
older men may also have it.
A wide variety of causes can be involvedincluding food allergies,
hypoglycemia, multiple dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cancer, stroke, injuries,
and surgical damage.
Other causes include repeated births, poor pelvic floor tone, damage to pelvic
floor by the physician at time of delivery, failure to do prenatal and postnatal
exercises, visceroptosis, overweight, and poor abdominal tone.
It may follow a prolonged labor during childbirth, resulting from the stretching
of the pelvic floor. If postpartum exercises are not done, this problem, which
may disappear for years, may later return.
Incontinence is far less likely in the nullipara (women who have never delivered
a child).
The best pelvic floor exercises are variations of the Kegel
exercise, and should begin early in pregnancy or before, and
continue on to at least 3 months after childbirth. These exercises
strengthen certain muscles.