Definition: Inability to control urination or defecation, common in the aged.
Herbal Aids: Cranesbill: Drink the decoction in combination with golden seal (Hydrastis canadensis). [SNH p.152]
Incontinence (enuresis): See formula using sumac berries, beth root, yarrow, agrimony and white pond lily. [SNH p.158]
Bistort: Combine bistort with other diuretic agents. [SNH p.162]
Bladder Formula: Dr. Christopher's Formula for Bedwetting: For more severe cases of incontinence, enuresis (bedwetting, etc.), a formula we have used a long time is as follows: parsley root, juniper berries, marshmallow root, white pond lily, gravel root, uva ursi, lobelia, ginger root and black cohosh root. This formula is a specific for helping the body to control or overcome bedwetting and to strengthen the entire urethral canal, kidneys, bladder, etc. Recommended dosage two #0 capsules three times a day with a cup of parsley tea. [EWH p.196]
Mullein: One-half teaspoon in one-fourth cup water drunk before retiring will help increase the tone of the triangular base of the bladder (the trigone) and aid in preventing bedwetting, or incontinence. [UW-Mullein]
Oak Bark: take two to three cupfuls a day -
5 fresh or dried oak leaves a small mixed handful of balm, nettle and eucalyptus 1 and 3/4 pint of water. [NL 2-10]