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Before You Go Herbal continued...

You don't have to avoid herbal remedies entirely. They can be a useful addition to the medications or treatments your doctor has recommended for overactive bladder. But when you do try herbal supplements, use a little bit of caution.

Tell your primary care provider or urologist which herbal supplements you plan to try, and make sure they won't interact with any of the drugs you're already taking. A naturopathic or holistic doctor, who specializes in the use of herbal remedies to treat medical conditions, can steer you to the right supplements based on your symptoms, the medications you're taking, and your general health.  

Although there isn't much evidence on the use of herbal remedies for overactive bladder, that may change. Griebling says medical organizations like the National Institutes of Health are increasingly recognizing herbal remedies as a legitimate addition to traditional medicine, and they're devoting more research dollars to these therapies as a result. "I think there will be more information on these types of treatments in the future," Griebling says.  

If you're looking for an alternative therapy, remember that herbal remedies aren't the only "natural" treatments for overactive bladder. Avoiding foods like caffeine and alcohol that irritate the bladder, going to the bathroom on a schedule, and doing pelvic floor exercises are other ways to treat overactive bladder without medication, and they can be very effective, Griebling says.