Frequent urination, also known as overactive bladder, is a common health complaint among Americans, especially women. Frequent urination is a health problem that affects you both during the day and at night, when you are trying to sleep. In some cases, the need to urinate often occurs only at night -- a condition called nocturia. Dietary supplements have long been used in treating frequent urination, although you should always clear the use of supplements with your family doctor beforehand.
About Frequent Urination
Frequent urination, especially in combination with an increased urge to urinate, may indicate a urinary tract infection, states MedlinePlus, a National Institutes of Health medical information website. Other possible causes of frequent urination include prostate problems, diabetes, pregnancy, anxiety, pelvic tumors, urinary incontinence, vaginitis, certain nervous system disorders and certain medications, such as diuretics. Certain injuries, cancer treatments and changes in the muscles, nerves and tissues that control your bladder function may also contribute to this condition.
Frequent Urination Supplements
Certain supplements may be helpful in treating your frequent urination, but not all supplements historically used in treating this annoying health problem may be backed by extensive scientific evidence. In her book "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth," naturopathic physician Sharol Tilgner states that echinacea, uva ursi, corn silk, usnea and buchu help disinfect and maintain the integrity of your urinary tract structures. Other helpful supplements may include free-form amino acids, zinc, and vitamins A and E.
Buchu may be one of the most helpful dietary supplements in treating your frequent urination and other urinary tract problems. According to naturopathic physician William A. Mitchell Jr., author of "Plant Medicine in Practice," this dietary supplement may be particularly helpful in treating bladder infections and chronic irritable bladder -- two of the most common causes of frequent urination. This supplement is a urinary tract anti-inflammatory agent that helps tone, or strengthen, your urinary tract structures.
Frequent urination may signal underlying pathology that needs to be addressed in a timely manner by a qualified health care professional. Though dietary supplements have long been used in treating this health problem, the use of supplements does not guarantee a cure, and supplements should not be used in lieu of other recommendations made by your primary care provider. Discuss proper dosage, treatment duration and relevant procedures with your doctor before using dietary supplements.
- Medline Medical Encyclopedia: Frequent or Urgent Urination
- "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth"; Sharol Tilgner, N.D.; 1999
- "Plant Medicine in Practice"; William A. Mitchell Jr., N.D.; 2003