My mother, who is 70, has to use the restroom every hour and her doctor says there is nothing he can do for her.
Q. Dear Terry, “My mother, who is 70, has to use the restroom every hour and her doctor says there is nothing he can do for her. Do you have any natural remedies you would recommend?” — Nancy N., Buffalo, NY
A. Dear Nancy, Bladder issues can really impact a person’s quality of life. Between the urgent urination, nighttime trips to the bathroom, and incontinence, it’s hard to accomplish what we need to get done.
As we age, our bladder can lose its tone because our bladder is a muscular sac. When our bladder loses tone, it can also lose its capacity to hold urine properly.
The best botanical I’ve seen for overactive bladder is Icelandic angelica, Angelica archangelica. This variety of Angelica has been used in Nordic countries for over 1,000 years and has a long history of use in folk medicine.
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 a more peaceful night’s sleep.
When choosing a formula, I recommend finding one that features an aqueous (water) extract of Angelica and make sure it is clinically studied. I would take 100-200 mg every day before bedtime.
Terry . . . Naturally