Medicinal plants for enuresis

Plant remedies for bed-wetting


How to prevent children from wetting their beds?

Natural remedies for enuresis

Phytotherapy: Herbal medicine for the treatment of enuresis

Phytotherapy in the treatment of the enuresis implies the use of a series of medicinal plants with the following purposes:

  • Tranquilizing plants that help to eliminate the tension or the nervousness which cause numerous episodes of enuresis, especially the one of repetition.
  • Plants with tonic effect for the kidneys and the bladder. They help to strengthen the muscles and they contribute to a greater stability of the urinary tract.
  • Astringent plants to be used before bedtime so as to help to diminish the urine production.
  • Diuretic plants that can be used during the day to increase urination and to help to train the bladder muscles.

Medicinal plant preparation for enuresis

Infusions and decoctions of medicinal plants can be used for people facing problems of bedwetting. Among the main ones we have:

  • Saint John’s wort: (Hypericum perforatum) St. John’s Wort acts as a natural sedative that helps to reassure the person and decreases the pressure on the bladder nerves. (Infusion of a spoonful of flowering tops in one cup of water twice a day)

    Flowering tops of Saint John's wort (Hypericum perforatum)

    Flowering tops of Saint John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

  • Bilberry: (Vaccinium myrtillus L) The astringent properties of this plant can be used to reduce urine production. (Decoction for 5 minutes of four tablespoons of nuts per liter of water. Take a couple of cups a day)
  • Lemon balm(Melissa officinalis) It has a calming function. It can help control the nerves that are sometimes unconsciously causing bed wetting.
  • Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) pumpkin seeds have a slightly diuretic function, helping to increase urine production, while they are sedated. Eat pumpkin seeds in the morning may help to produce urine that he or she can handle to learn how to use the muscles of the bladder.
  • Oak: (Quercus robur) Another of the best astringents. (Decoction of a teaspoon of bark per water glass during 10 minutes) (Three small glasses per day)
  • Maize: (Zea mays) When boys and girls have learned to hold urine during the day, you can use diuretics as the corn silk to help increase the content of the urinary bladder. This increased amount of urine will help strengthen the muscles and will be a good urinary training for the control of urine at night. These preparations should be given at least a couple of hours before bedtime. (Decoction of 4 tablespoons of corn silk per liter of water for 10 minutes. Take a couple of cups a day, preferably in the morning and always a couple of hours at least before going to bed)
  • Nettle: (Urtica dioica) Nettle, like corn, is a good diuretic and a good tonic for the urinary tract. Infusion of a spoonful of dried plant per cup of water. Take a couple of cups a day, preferably in the morning. Try to keep the liquid in the bladder to strengthen it and learn to use the urinary muscles.

    Fennel infusion

    An infusion of fennel helps to retain urine

  • Fennel: (Foeniculum vulgare) The use of fennel sweetened with honey before bedtime helps to retain fluids and may help prevent the person to urinate in bed. (One teaspoon of dried plant per cup of water. Take one cup before bedtime)

Other natural therapies to treat bedwetting

  • Baths: sitz baths before bedtime are highly recommended. You can make the child sit in the bathtub with water only to the height of the pelvis for a few minutes. With the excuse that he is playing, this practice will help the muscles of the urethra get stronger.

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

30 January, 2023

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