Bed Wetting

Bed Wetting

All children will have experienced waking up in the morning to a wet bed at some point. Bed wetting is common in children up until around 6 years old. Bedwetting in adults can also be a problem for some people. Although wetting the bed is a normal thing for children there comes a point when it might need to be looked into further.

I’m sure many of you have heard of the alarm that can be used to wake the child up as they start to urinate in their bed. This works by training the brain to wake up when it receives the message that their bladder is full. This is effective for many children but not all.

Causes of Bed Wetting
In my clinic I have seen many different bed wetting causes and therefore they all need to be treated differently. One size doesn’t fit all! The most common causes of bedwetting in children and adults are; stress, food allergies, urinary tract infection (UTI), generalised inflammation and poor muscle tone.

Treatment for Bed Wetting
Stress – When the nervous system is over stimulated during the day it becomes depleted and the body can remain in a continual state of “flight or fight”. This causes the nervous system to tell the body to release any waste products so it can focus on survival instead. Relaxing breathing techniques before bed, Epsom salt baths, Foot massage, Gentle stretching, Calming Bed time routine and Herbs that calm and support the nervous system will all help.

Food Allergies and Generalised Inflammation – Food allergies create irritation in the lining of the digestive tract causing inflammation. This inflammation over stimulates the nervous system in the gut and consequently the brain leading to problems with holding onto urine in the night time. Obviously the main way to help this is to find the allergen and eliminate it from the diet. Reducing sugary food and drinks and refined carbs and using Herbs that soothe and restore the gut lining may help.

UTI – Any infection in the urinary tract will cause it to be irritated and over stimulated and will usually lead to bed wetting at night. The most important factor here is to kill the bacteria. This is commonly done with antibiotics but as a herbalist I’d use Herbs to boost the immune system and strengthen and soothe the urinary tract. Couch grass and Marshmallow root are great for soothing the bladder lining. Reducing sugary food and drinks and refined carbs will also help to give your immune system a chance to fight off the bacteria.

Poor Muscle Tone – In both the developing body and an elderly one poor muscle tone is usual and effects bladder control and bed wetting.  In elderly people this is due to lack of sex hormones. In children the muscles aren’t fully developed yet so they have no bladder control. If this is still the case after 6 or 7 years old minerals can be taken and exercises can be done to help improve the tone. Calcium, magnesium and silica are often used in these cases.

To find out more or to get help with Bed Wetting treatments – CALL 0406 628240 today!

Taming the grip of anxiety

Taming the grip of anxiety

Generalised anxiety, anxiety attacks, panics attacks many of us have experienced symptoms of these at some point in our lives. Short periods of stress are a normal part of human existence, to help us deal with potentially dangerous situations but when anxiety becomes a normal state this is when a person’s quality of life becomes compromised.

What is Anxiety?
Anxiety occurs when the mind perceives situations, current or future, as stress triggers. The anxious state can be temporary or sometimes permanent when there are multiple triggers in daily life.

What are the Symptoms of Anxiety? 
Rapid heart rate, increased sweating, feeling paralysed by fear, clammy hands and feet, circulating thoughts, disturbed sleep – all of these symptoms can occur when the mind senses a situation to be of danger.

Anxiety Treatment
Prolonged states of anxiety can lead to depletion of the adrenal glands and nervous system and if left untreated depression can develop.  This is why it is so important to target these areas in any anxiety treatment plan.

Home Remedies for Treating Anxiety
Herbal teas can be a fantastic way to calm the nervous system. The herbs themselves have therapeutic effects but also the action of taking time out to sit quietly and drink a warm drink is beneficial. Passion Flower, Lemon Balm, Lavender and Licorice Root are all delicious tasting herbal teas and help to calm the nervous system as well.

Epsom salt baths with a few drops of lavender essential oil provides the body with magnesium. Magnesium is needed by the nervous system and adrenal glands for proper function and also aids in muscle relaxation.

Massaging the soles of the feet with oil after bathing helps to bring the awareness out of the head and down through the body and into the feet, creating a sense of grounding.

Eating warm foods calms the air element in the body which when out of balance can disturb the mind and increase anxiety. So, no more foods and drinks from the fridge and steamed vegetables are better than salads.

And finally, your gut health! It always comes back to the gut. There is a link between the gut and the brain via the nervous system. So, when your digestive health is under par this can negatively affect your mental health. Ensuring that you have healthy bowel motions everyday will literally help make your mood improve! Probiotics and pre-biotic foods are fantastic for this and also eating foods such as bone broths that nourish and support the gut lining will assist in improved gut function.

To truly find the root cause of your anxiety and treat it holistically the help of a qualified herbalist is highly recommended. Call us today – 0406 628 240 – to chat about your symptoms!

 

Reflexology – more than just a foot massage

Reflexology – more than just a foot massage

What do you think of when you hear the word Reflexology? Did you know that it can do wonders for your mental and physical health as well as being a fantastic form of foot massage? Did you know it can provide a full body detox? No? Well read on to find out more!

What is Reflexology?
Reflexology actually has roots in Ancient Egypt and China but was “re-discovered” in the UK and South Africa more recently. All the body’s systems and organs are mapped out on the feet (and hands too for Reflexology hand massage). By applying pressure to these points and using specific massage techniques the energy flow to the corresponding organ is increased resulting in enhanced health. When you get sick it means that body system is either congested or depleted and a Reflexologist is able to feel that during the foot massage treatment. Pretty amazing don’t you think?!

What can Reflexology help you with?
Reflexology might only work on the feet but it accesses your whole body and mind. It can help treat:
• Digestive complaints
• Female repro issues
• Infertility
• Insomnia
• Stress and Anxiety
• Headaches
• Ears, nose and throat conditions
• Asthma
• Stiff spine
• And so much more!

What happens in a Reflexology treatment?
The whole treatment lasts for 60 minutes with extra time allowed at the beginning to go through a detailed consultation form. You will be lying down for the treatment with just your lower legs and feet uncovered. Your neck, lower back and knees will be supported during the treatment to enable full relaxation. The treatment starts with a foot massage to warm up the feet, followed by specific pressure techniques on all the reflex points and finally finishes with a relaxing foot massage.

Why not start your path to wellness today with a Reflexology foot massage?
Call 0406 628 240 to book an appointment.

Call to book an appointment – 0406 628240

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