I was tied to the potty until a few months ago when I discovered acupressure points to strengthen or tonify my bladder.
Several energy practitioners advise pressing these points, that are, SO ODDLY, nowhere near the bladder.
Use light pressure on these points, about the weight of a nickel.
There are two “initial points" to press, first on one side, right or left -- and then do the same points on the remaining side. These are generally held for one minute, though if two points are held at the same time, the time spent is shortened.
There are also “controlling points", right and left again, that are held for just half a minute.
Here's what I did, though I will use "you" to encourage you!
The first set of points are to press a spot that is just a little further down your foot, just past where the little toe meets the foot, on the top of the foot. Press this point for one minute.
If you are able, you can be more efficient by pressing the other “initial" point -- your index finger nail -- against this spot just-beyond-the-little-toe. Choose the right side with both points -- and then repeat on the other side.
Or if that is too difficult, press on the near-the-toe-point with another hand -- and press the index fingernail with another hand -- separately. (Again, do the right side points and then the left side points.)
Do each of these points for one minute, either each point separately for one minute each -- or pressing one point with another point for one minute, pressing the two points together.
If you are extremely agile, you can press the right index fingernail on the beyond-the-little-toe point on right side, while also pressing the left index fingernail on the beyond-the-little-toe point on the left side. And that just takes one minute altogether!
Next there is another set of “controlling points" to press for just half a minute. I am going to hope that you can do these points with one hand on one knee -- and the other hand on the other knee -- in the same thirty seconds.
Find the spot in the center of the back of the knee. Press lightly there while also stretching a spare finger around to the middle of the front of the knee, going down about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch to a spot below the kneecap bone. Press these together for 30 seconds.
I did these pressings -- initial and controlling sets -- just once or twice in a two day time period. And I have been much more controlled than previously. I do have to be aware of how full my bladder is -- or if "number two" is pressing in on my bladder and causing issues.
But generally, this exercise has freed me and allowed me to go out into the world again. It is wonderful.
In point of fact, my bladder is now just a little too tight -- and many times I have to press on my bladder to get any "action." There are "sedation" points that I have also used, when I got too "tight."
I am happy to say that I no longer purchase “Depends" for security.
I have chronic Lyme disease and immune system issues, which is why this problem arose. But in talking to others about incontinence issues (and because of my success, it is often one of my main topics! ), this seems to be a growing problem for many of us. Note that adult incontinence products sell as much as baby diapers!
This may also work for “bed wetting" issues.
Please let me know if any of this is unclear -- and I will try to remedy it.
(Santa Rosa, California)
Wow! How did you know what I need? I have been dealing with Lyme's since my early 30's. I am now 58. I can control my bladder really well during the day. It is the night time frequency that drives me "bonkers". Anywhere from 5-8 times a night. I am eager to try this.
I have discovered something that helped my dry eyes yesterday. I was getting a facial with steam and after that I was able to wear my "contacts" comfortably the rest of the day.
Thank you so much for sharing, Mary Beth!
Interestingly enough, Kimberly, this has been a contrary remedy for me. It has worked beautifully for a while, but I have had to be more attuned to my bladder and ready to get to the potty in short order.
I am also having issues with needing to pee frequently at night. I find that when I feel the urge, I must try to get up and pee right away or I will have some minor leakage. I think this may be a symptom of Lyme disease -- but I am seeing it as a sign that some of my "fix-its" are working and jostling my body and getting out the toxins via urine.
I have learned that when I get up in the night, I squeeze my mouth together like I am sucking on a lemon till I get to the potty. That seems to work somehow.
I know this may sound discouraging, but I was so freed up by pressing the acupressure points, that I am very grateful for the freedom I gained in my life. I also wish things were a little less problematic at night. Lyme is a journey: we keep learning things along the way.
Your instructions are great, but may I ask you for the acupuncture/Chinese names for the points, if you know them. It will make it easier to be sure they're being done correctly by looking for the points in a chart on the Internet.
Thanks again! Brian
The tonifying points are BL67 and L11. The controlling points are BL54 and ST36. I got these numbers from the "Touch for Health" book. Donna Eden in "Energy Medicine" lists the same point names.
Mary Beth, thank you for sharing this wonderful post. I would like to try this for urinary urgency/frequency. But, like Brian requested, I, too, need a chart to confirm that I am using the precise point locations. I was able to confirm points BL67 (lateral top of pinky toe) and ST36 (just below patella) but, " L11" does not appear to exist on any acupuncture/meridian chart (?). And "BL54" appears to be mirror points in the lower abdomen, which does not correspond to any of the points you mentioned in your original post. Can you please confirm the point numbers, and/or names, for the points behind the knee and the index finger nail please? I'm especially confused about the index finger nail. Is it anywhere on the top of the nail? Or, is it the edge/tip of the nail?
Thank you very much for any specific info you can provide.
ACV, Cayenne, Nutmeg Drink
Hi Lynn Winters –
Robb's post was from September 2019 so he may not see your request. His recipe includes 1 gram of cayenne and 1 gram of nutmeg. According to the Traditional Oven Web site, 1 gram of cayenne equals 0.56 of a teaspoon – just a little over 1/2 teaspoon.
The same site states that 1 gram of ground nutmeg is equal to 0.45 of a teaspoon – just a little under 1/2 teaspoon. I imagine using 1/2 teaspoon of each would be fine.
Hope that helps.
ACV, Cayenne, Nutmeg Drink
I've been a fan of this site for years. I am 73, lifelong athlete. I design performance products also anxiety, sleep and skin care. I have patented patches for pain, basically if I have a problem, I sort it out myself.
I drink a great deal of water and other fluids [ wine ] . My days starts at 3:00 am. I have 12 oz of water, 16 oz of coffee and head to the gym. I do X Fit, four to five days a week, I drink during the work out.
I wait for dawn and start my walk run, I do ten to fifteen miles everyday. I am peeing every 15-20 minutes, nights are no fun.
After reading what other people are doing i made a formula. 10 OZ ACV 1 grm Cayenne Pepper 1 grm Nutmeg Shake Well. I use 1oz of the above with 12 oz water.
In the afternoon I do the same but at 100mg of pure CBD. After one week, I am good, really good. I get up once at midnight and again at 3:00 am. During my walk and run I am down to a couple times in 3 hours.
KISS, Simple things can be magic. Thank you, Robb
Apple Cider Vinegar
I'm someone who more often than not needs to pee at least two, but often up to five times a night. What a nightmare! I recently had a cold and started taking 1 tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water (with a teaspoon of xylitol for taste) to see if it would alleviate my symptoms. I was 100% shocked when it 1) helped me feel better faster, and 2) almost eliminated my nighttime peeing. N
ow I take the same dose in the evening. Now it's a 50/50 split between nights when I don't have to go at all, and nights when I only go one time. It's a game changer.
Apple Cider Vinegar
I decided to try ACV for my frequent urination. Just a tsp in water and sipping on it. the very first dose, within hours I experienced great relief, better urine flow and less often. I've been doing this for two days now and am very happy with it. I was sort of desperate because I ran out of the other supplements I'd been using, pygeum and beta sitosterol. which were also effective but this is cheaper and may also work better. A gallon of ACV is $2.49 and has 768 tspns in it. That is half the prices of the pygeum and 5 times the doses. It's even a greater savings over the beta sitosterol. I'll see as I continue with ACV and what longer term use does for me. Just last night I slept with fewer interruptions. I'm very optimistic. I do not like the taste but will try other things to mix with to cover that.
Hi, I take ACV every day. In a glass, I take 2 tablespoonful's with just the tip of a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, this protects the enamel on your teeth. Let it 'fizz' then top up with water. I actually like the taste, but you can mix it with juice or use one of those dissolving vitamin C tablets in it.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Recently I started taking 2 x 300mg Apple cider vinegar tablets three times a day. The reason was that I had seen the results of some medical research that said it helped to lower blood sugar and cholesterol (I am borderline type 2 diabetic). Now it just so happens that I have an overactive bladder as well and take daily meds for that. I have suffered from it for about 9 years and sometimes it can be really bad. If I am out and something triggers it I can be running to the loo every 10 mins which is embarrassing, and sometimes I don't get there in time which can be even more embarrassing even if wearing pads. Then after starting the cider vinegar I gradually became aware that for the first time in years my bladder was behaving normally. At first I didn't make the connection, and then, as I had never heard of it as a remedy for urinary problems I started to wonder if it was a placebo effect - that is, I started to believe it had an effect and so it did, regardless. Anyway, the change has been so remarkable I started looking things up on line and sure enough some people were recommending ACV for urine problems. To me, that's even more powerful because I had no expectation at all of any effect on my bladder when taking ACV, so it took me unawares. It may not work for everyone, but I reckon it's worth a try. Incidentally at first I started drinking 2 tablespoons of ACV diluted with warm water and sweetened with honey but found it too unpalatable, so switched to the tablets, which have the same effect but are easier to take.
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Read an interesting article and thinks it worth passing on. Old folks have to get up in the middle of the night to go pee. Most have to because their urine is acid and their body is trying to save them. It is not because their bladder is full. So to help get a good night's sleep, drink a glass of water with a teaspoon of baking soda in it prior to bed time. It is working for us. ======RH=======
I'm going to try baking soda for a bit.. Also, today I'm starting a 30 day organic juice fast. I love this site!
(Hope, Bc, Canada)
Greetings, Robert Henry ---
I owe you a very big thank you for posting about baking soda stopping the need to get up at night. That was a while ago. I tried it and indeed I could enjoy a full night's sleep which means a lot. It was creating problems with having to sleep during day time.
I hope you are making out well in your journey to health.
Best wishes, Namaste, Om
I started taking chromium picolinate in an effort to trim down. I haven't trimmed down but the chromium picolinate has drastically decreased my bouts with frequent urination. I take 200 mcg 15 minutes before each meal. I hope it works as good for you as it did for me!
Frequent Urination Remedies
Hello everyone. My problem is that I don't drink much at all, probably less than 40 ounces per day, yet I use the restroom at least once an hour. Urine color is light. Sometimes, I use the restroom and 15 minutes later need to go again--and I go a lot, so it's not just the urge, it's the actual. At least once per day I will dribble a little right after I stand up, so it's like it's in there and just not coming out. Any thoughts?
Similar to you, frequent urination has been a problem for me since Oct. 2012, when I also developed eczema, which also continues to the present day. In my case, I believe that I have a toxin that my body cannot easily release..... So, I drink a lot of water in order to prevent dehydration due to frequently urinating. Also, I try to maintain a high mineral intake because frequent urination removes minerals from the body..... Do you have any idea what may have been the immediate cause of your frequent urination problem? Let's continue to share information. Good luck.
If you also developed eczema, it seems like you were under a lot of stress, which can make the perinatal area tight. There are exercises to relax those muscles.
I know this is an old post, but it might help somebody.
Hi Namaw, according to Arabic old medicine your kidneys are too hot, for that they are too active. Try to cool them by vinegar poultices and don't be in sauna.
Vc3s: Free radicals and a lack of nutrients cause the prostrate to enlarge and make bad testosterone called bht. Take 7g hawaiin spiulina and 1/2oz. organic tomato paste. The carotenoids provide therapy. 1/2 of the carotenoids in the tissues are lycopene. Olive leaf extract is also high in these beneficial substances.
I have the same kind of thing. I urinate, have to really concentrate so I empty my bladder completely, then when I stand up some more leaks out. I don't get it. I drink lots of water, take 1 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar daily in a full glass. I have done this my whole life. If you tell a dr, they right away think you have incontinence or urgency. I don't. Also, I can go w/ much volume and then, 5 minutes later, go again w/ much volume. What's up with that?
(San Antonio, Texas)
(Amman, Jordan, Jordan)
Hi Sunny:P our enough vinegar over 2 small cotton towels or dip the towels in AVC and put it over the kidneys separately, don't put it over the spine and keep it far from the nerves because it is harm for the nerves to be cooled. You can put it for half hour or more if you can. Wishing health for you
Might sound weird but drink a glass of water every hour Eventually your body will thank you We are made up of water and without it you WILL suffer Think of your kidneys!!!!
Sound like IC look it up on EC Everyone is different. What works for one may not for another. Try one thing at a time, always use more than the bottle says. For me I like stinging nettles. I use to get a combination of root & leaf from Swanson, but they stopped carrying it. Now I buy both stinging nettle leaf & stinging nettle root, 2 from each bottle 3Xs a day. ALWAYS before bed! I can now hold it 4 hours at night - that's good for me! If you start with one I'd try the root first, if no relief then add leaf. Hope this helps. Keep drinking lots of water, slow down before bedtime.
Pumpkin is very effective for frequent urination. You can buy pumpkin seed oil either in liquid or gel caps, or you can eat a lot of pumpkin seed.
About a month ago, I noticed that Azo (the over-the-counter medication for UTI's) started selling a pumpkin-based tablet for frequent urination, so I guess the big corporations have caught on to the effectiveness of pumpkin for that purpose.
For those who have to get up number if times in the night to pass urine, due to enlarged prostate gland. It has been observed that if one eats or drinks the juice or soup of one medium size Beet Root with dinner, the frequency of getting up is reduced substantially. One can try it and please post your experience.
I'm just suggesting this as a topic.
EC: Thanks for the suggestion - done!
Feel free to post your questions/comments/feedback.
(Northern Nj, USA)
(Long Beach, Ca, Us)
Hi, I also get up up to pee during the night but it stopped after I started taking apple cider vinegar and baking soda once a day in a large glass. I do 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 16 ounces of distilled water. I then break off a tiny piece of a ph tester strip that I bought at a drugstore and dip it in the drink to to make sure it has an alkalinity of at least 7.0 (blue). If not, I add a pinch or two more baking soda.
(San Francisco, California)
For the past one week, I have had very frequent urination. Never had this problem before. Sometimes it's as quick as 15-30 mins. The amount urinated each time might be little but the urge is there always. Went and saw the doctor. Urine tests were negative and blood tests were also negative. No pain when I urinate and no other symptoms other than the constant urge to want to urinate as the bladder keeps feeling full. Is this a case of overactive/weak bladder or something else? I am a male and have followed a health diet of vegetarianism and don't drink caffeine, alcohol etc. I have been taking apple cider vinegar with water the past 2 days but with little relief. Any advice/suggestions would be most helpful.
(Seattle, Wa - Usa)
I believe that an enlarged prostate can cause frequent urination in men. You didn't give your age, but this is more common in older men than younger men.
On a lighter note - My husband used to have this problem, and he relieved it by buying looser underwear. Seems the kind he was wearing were too tight, and the elastic was pushing in on his bladder.
Just a couple of thoughts. Good Luck.
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)
Pumpkin Seed Oil
The following study shows that Pumpkin Seed Oil (PSO) is useful in the treatment of Overactive Bladder (OAB), a very common health issue :
Here is a relevant quote from the study :
>>> ' The results from our study suggest that pumpkin seed oil extracts from C. maxima as well as from C. pepo are effective for urinary disorders such as OAB in humans. ' <<<
Sauna and Steam
I hope my story can help someone else.
I have felt the need to urinate at least every 3 hours for 8 months. I rarely had a stream of anything substantial. Today, I was at a community center in Pittsburgh and spent 3 hours in a locker-room with a steamroom and a sauna. I was in one for a few minutes, then in another for a few more, maybe I took a shower to cool, and I kept repeating. I was doing it to see how much weight/water-weight I could shed. I didn't realize it, but I didn't go to the bathroom once after I went at 9am. I stayed until 12:20 or so, I drove home, and I didn't urinate until 5pm. After that, I didn't urinate until 1am. Maybe I won't wake up at 3 or 4 to go to the bathroom.
My frequent urination started after I was stopped at a red light and the driver in back of me didn't wait for me to take my foot off the brake before she put her foot on the gas-pedal. I thought things were fine, but hours later my left testicle was swollen and it was hurting. I went to the emergency-room, and was given pain-pills and some kind of ultrasound. it took a while for me to actually notice that I was going to the bathroom too much, but I was going every 3 hours. Sometimes less if I ate or drank.
I have been reading online about toxins being released in the sauna/steamroom, and I guess it makes sense. Some people tell me that it's crazy that sauna/steam could cure me, so maybe it was an answered prayer. Maybe it's both the prayer and the sauna/steamroom. Maybe prayer got me into the sauna/steamroom, but this is what worked for me.
Every 3 hours?? I would give my right arm if I could hold on that long.
I tested urine of an elderly relative with a conductivity meter. It gives me a very high reading, suggesting extreme dehydration. Yet the same person is testing on serum blood tests with low sodium and potassium. How can this be?
I thought high conductivity indicated too great a concentration of electrolyte minerals and that this would be addressed by increased electrolytes. High conductivity suggests the person needs more plain water, without the electrolytes. How do I resolve that discrepancy?
This person has problems holding onto water and tends to immediately urinate any excess water.
(Hope Bc Canada)
Pone from California, US --- actually, drinking water, even lots, can dehydrate. See the Water Cure website about this. Grey celtic salt has many minerals and if drunk the correct way, would result in a three hour stay before urinating . It is the salt that keeps the water in the tissues.
I hope you will have the time to check out the website. It is all about the late Dr. Bhatmanghelidj who wrote the book " The Body's Many Cries For Water".
(New South Wales)
(New South Wales Australia)