Alternative Treatments for Bed Wetting

There are a variety of alternative treatments that can be put to work to help end bed wetting or at least to keep it from happening on a regular basis. Many of these types of treatments or therapies are often used in conjunction with more conventional therapies such as using a moisture alarm, medication or behavior modification techniques.

Keep an Open Mind

Not everyone is a believer in methods of alternative healing and more research into the practices of alternative therapies needs to be done to determine in they are indeed beneficial. It is wise to always make your childs doctor aware that you plan to try a method of alternative therapy however relying on only these alternative methods is not recommended and does not generally show very high success rates. The most common alternative therapies for bed wetting include massage, acupuncture (or a combination of the two) and hypnosis. Lets take a closer look at these therapies.

Massage and Acupuncture

According to those who practice the art of massage therapy, when pressure is applied to specific points of the body it can help bring about relaxation, a loosening of the muscles as well as help to alleviate the problem of bed wetting.

When combined together and done by a trained practitioner, acupuncture and massage can also help those who are specifically suffering from bed wetting because of a neurological kind of problem. Massage can also help relieve stress that can bring about secondary enuresis in both adults and children. Massage also encourages the proper functioning of the circulatory system and will in turn improve blood flow throughout the body.


There are herbal as well as homeopathic remedies that can be useful for those who suffer from bed wetting. For example one of the most popular herbal medicines used for bed wetting is horsetail (or its scientific name is Equisetum arvense).

A homeopathic practitioner who is properly trained to administer treatments “working at the constitutional level, will seek to rebalance the childs vital force, eliminating the imbalanced behavior of bed-wetting.” There are a few ingredients that are often included in homeopathic medicine and these include Causticum, Lycopodium and also Pulsatilla.


Hypnosis is another alternative treatment for bed wetting that has met with a certain level of success. By listening to a special hypnosis tape this method retrains the bed wetters brain to wake up when his or her bladder is full and then proceed to go to the bathroom to empty it, thus not having any leakage in the bed. Hypnosis has very few if any negative side effects and it is a very safe therapy.

As well it is not costly nor does it take up a lot of a patient or therapists time. In fact recent studies into the effectiveness of hypnotherapy have shown that it can be a speedy therapy that takes only four to six sessions for results to be noticed.

The combination of hypnosis and a bed wetting alarm is almost a definite guarantee of success. It is wise to speak with your healthcare provider at length about the problem of bed wetting before you seek out a form of alternative treatment.

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