Do you know of a natural way to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles?
Q. Dear Terry, “Do you know of a natural way to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles? My bladder has dropped some. I cannot take estrogen to help that area. I am doing kegel exercises too. I appreciate your thoughts.”– Doris N., Asheville, NC
A. Dear Doris, For bladder support you may want to consider Angelica archangelica. Also called “Angel’s Herb”, this beautiful plant grows all over Iceland. When it comes to bladder support, this is the single, most efficacious botanical I have ever encountered. A special standardization of this herb may help both men and women with overactive bladder, frequent night time awakenings to empty the bladder, bladder spasms and inflammation, urinary incontinence, stress incontinence, and adult bed-wetting.
Not only does Angelica help to strengthen the bladder muscles, but it also helps increase bladder capacity. That means fewer trips to the bathroom and less urinary leakage.
I would take this herb twice per day for the first two or three days, and then you can try once per day after that. If you experience more incontinence issues in the evening, I would take it before bed and vice versa if your issues are generally in the morning and throughout the day.
When choosing a formula, I recommend finding one that features an aqueous (water) extract of Angelica and is clinically studied.
Terry . . . Naturally