Alternative treatments

Some people like to add a more natural, complementary therapy to their main treatment plan.

Who is it for?

What does it involve?

Acupuncture may help with some incontinence symptoms. In one study, women who underwent acupuncture treatments once a week for four weeks found a significant improvements in their urinary continence symptoms compared to women who underwent a placebo treatment.

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Hypnosis can help to control conditions that have an emotional or psychological aspect to them. For some types of incontinence, a course of hypnosis from a professional, or some exercises in ‘self-hypnosis’, have been found to relieve symptoms.

Yoga is a popular form of exercise for increasing flexibility and reducing stress. Just like pelvic floor exercises, certain yoga poses can help improve the strength of your bladder and bowel. In particular, you might hear of the phrase ‘Mula Bandha’, which means ‘locking the root’. This type of yoga practice can strengthen the perineum, a muscle which is important in preventing leaks. If you are new to yoga, it is important to take a class with a trained professional to ensure that you are doing the moves correctly.

Herbal therapies and Food Supplements can help with overall health and wellbeing, and some people find that they help with incontinence symptoms. Herbs may be available as:

One study found that St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) could potentially help with urinary incontinence. However this has not been tested on humans, and there are a number of concerns about the side-effects of this herb. St. John’s wort should never be taken without the advice of a healthcare professional.

How can I find out more?

Depending on where you live, some alternative treatments may be available free of charge through your national health system. However others, such as homeopathic medicines; are usually practised privately, or are available from pharmacies. Whatever the case, you should always discuss your choice of alternative treatments with your main healthcare professional. They will be able to advise which treatments could complement your overall treatment plan.


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