Frequent urination, especially during the night, is a common concern. According to traditional Chinese medicine, it’s often attributed to kidney deficiency. However, as we age, our heart function tends to diminish. In simple terms, our ability to regulate water and liquid transport decreases compared to our younger years. While we may not notice frequent urination as much during the day due to our active and busy routines, it becomes more pronounced at night when the body settles down, often coupled with disruptions in deep sleep.
In my personal experience, a helpful practice to promote better sleep and reduce nighttime urination is soaking your feet in hot water before bedtime. There are a few reasons why this can be effective. Firstly, the warmth of the hot water gently nourishes the kidneys and helps alleviate symptoms of kidney yang deficiency. Secondly, the increase in body temperature from foot soaking encourages sweating, aiding in the elimination of excess fluids. This process also helps balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, ultimately improving sleep quality and minimizing the disturbance caused by frequent urination.
For some individuals, especially women, issues like incontinence and frequent urination may stem from weakened bladder and sphincter muscles. These concerns can be addressed through specific yoga postures and breathing exercises aimed at enhancing muscle elasticity and strength in the relevant areas.
For men over the age of 50, an enlarged prostate can often lead to frequent urination and difficulty in urinating. In such cases, certain herbal extracts may offer a solution to alleviate these symptoms.
In conclusion, addressing the issue of frequent urination, especially at night, involves a holistic approach that considers both traditional remedies and lifestyle adjustments.