Inability to hold urine can affect both males and females, and can be a result of many factors, e.g. stress, infection, weakness of the pelvic floor muscles, urine retention, post-surgery inflammation, etc. With such a variety of causes the core treatment will vary from person to person and should be prescribed by a medical herbalist. The measures below are therefore meant to provide only a supportive treatment to the main prescribed treatment.
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• Drink marshmallow leaf tea daily to reduce any irritation that leads to an urgent need to pass urine. Adults: 2-3 cups a day.
• Drink shepherd’s purse tea as a gentle diuretic that helps with urine retention. For precautions see post 140. Adults : 2-3 cups a day.
Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.
This is a surprisingly common problem in both sexes, which usually has its root causes in overwork, emotional complaints and lifestyle issues; occasionally unbalanced hormones can be blamed. There is more information on improving sex drive in post 19.
• Take Korean ginseng as a general tonic for the whole body, which also improves the sex drive. For precautions see post 153. Adults: 300-500mg a day (tablet form) or 0.5-2.5ml diluted with some water, 1-2 times a day, tincture strength 1:2.