What is Incontinence?
A person is incontinent when they are unable to control urination. This is a condition that affects more than thirteen million people in America, though it mostly happens to the elderly. Incontinence in men may be caused by an enlarged prostate or damaged nerves from prostate surgery, it may be caused in women by hormonal deficiencies, and it may be caused in either gender by chronic urinary tract infections or certain medications. Specific instances of the condition may be induced by an overflow of urine, the inability to hold urine, or stress on the bladder in the form of coughing, sneezing, or even laughing. When a sufferer is unable to control their incontinence, they are often prescribed a catheter, urethral plugs, or even absorbent underwear.
How can I treat Incontinence?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers incontinence to be a function of depleted vital kidney energy, often due to aging or other forms of strain. Treatment, therefore, focuses on restoring the vital energy through the consumption of warming energy foods, such as cranberries, blueberries, scallions, organic chicken, lamb, saltwater fish, soybeans, lentils, kidney beans, ginger, and cinnamon. Other remedies include eating a cup of fresh, dried, or frozen (but thawed) raspberries for two to three weeks and drinking cinnamon and ginger tea daily. It is also helpful to combine a regular exercise routine with tai chi or qi gong exercises.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Incontinence?
To prevent incontinence, avoid cold and raw foods, as well as sugar, soft drinks, caffeine, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, smoking, cold temperatures, and excessive sexual activities.
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