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Natural Solutions for Female Incontinence

January 2004


An herbal blend called BetterWOMAN® was developed with these principles in mind. The supplement combines these 20 different Chinese herbs in a special, proprietary formula:

  • Asian ginseng root
  • Asiatic dogwood fruit
  • Astragalus root
  • Bupleurum root
  • Cassia bark
  • Chinese peony root
  • Chinese yam rhizome
  • Cynomorium stem
  • Deer antler velvet
  • Dong quai root
  • Eleuthero root
  • Epimedium leaf
  • Eucommia stem
  • Lycium fruit
  • Morinda root
  • Palm-leaf raspberry fruit
  • Poria sclerotium
  • Rehmannia root
  • Schisandra fruit
  • Szechuan lovage root.

Putting BetterWOMAN® to the Test
The 20 different herbs in the formula have been used individually for incontinence, improving the immune system, and modulating hormonal balance. But would they work together to help women suffering from urinary incontinence? Only a clinical study could answer that question.
Thirty-eight women completed such a study testing the effectiveness of BetterWOMAN®.6 They ranged in age from 35 to 78, and suffered from urinary incontinence, frequent urination (frequency), and urgent urges to urinate (urgency). The reductions in these symptoms were impressive:

Stress urinary incontinence. At the beginning of the study, 21 of the 38 participants reported that they frequently or always suffered from stress urinary incontinence. At the study’s end, 76% of those women reported significant improvement in their symptoms.

Urinary urgency. Twenty of the 38 women noted that they suffered from urinary urgency when the study began. After taking the herbal blend for two months, 70% of them noted a significant reduction in their urgency.

Urinary frequency. Repeated trips to the bathroom were a problem for 15 of the 38 women in the study when they began taking BetterWOMAN®. At study’s end, 73% of them reported dramatic reductions in their frequent bathroom visits.

The researchers noted other improvements during the study. Eighteen of the women participating had complained of fatigue and exhaustion when the study began, and 83% of those had improved energy levels by the study’s end. And of the 11 women, all meno-pausal, who had reported mental “fuzziness” when the study began, 91% reported more mental clarity after taking the blend of herbs.

Peipei Wishnow, PhD, who headed the study, noted, “This BetterWOMAN® study provides the first clinical evidence that a natural formula can significantly improve three major bladder control symptoms—stress incontinence, urinary urgency, and urinary frequency—that affect the quality of life for millions of women.

You Can “Dry Out”
Much confusion and hopelessness surrounds incontinence. Many women shrug their shoulders when they notice the wetness, or simply reach for the panty liners. They feel that it is not worth mentioning to their doctors, that it is inevitable because they have had children or have gone through menopause, or that there is nothing to be done about it—except surgery, which they do not want to think about.

Telling your doctor about your wetness problem is worth your while. And the problem is not inevitable or untreatable, short of surgery. There is much you can do—and the herbs found in BetterWOMAN® can be part of a successful treatment program.


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2. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. “Kidney and Urologic Disease Statistics for the United States.” Washington, DC: National Institutes of Health; 2003. NIH publication 03-3895.

3. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. “Urinary Incontinence in Women.” Washington, DC: National Institutes of Health; 2002. NIH publication 02-4132.

4. Abrams P, Kelleher CJ, Kerr LA, Rogers RG. Overactive bladder significantly affects quality of life. Am J Manag Care 2000 Jul;6(11 Suppl):S580-90.5. JAMA Patient Page. Stress Incontinence. JAMA 2003:290:426 Available online at: detaillb.cfm?article_ID=ZZZJG5O35ID &sub_cat=318. Accessed September 16, 2003.

6. Wishnow P, Dorman L, Jellermann G, Rosen L. Effect of a Chinese herbal formula BetterWOMAN® on female urinary conti- nence. Paper presented at: Annual Meeting of the North American Menopause Society; September 17-20, 2003; Miami Beach, FL. Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society. In press. Available online at: Accessed October 14, 2003.