Herbs to Treat Urinary Retention

treatment-urinary-retentionWhen it comes to urinary retention treatment, the common medications are alfuzosin (Uroxatral), terazosin (Hytrin), silodosin (Rapaflo), and the like. In fact, you can also try some home remedies too. Sometimes a single herb with powerful diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties can cure the inability to urinate naturally.

As one of common reasons why you can’t urinate, urine retention actually means an inability to completely empty your bladder. It can be classified into obstructive and non-obstructive types. The obstructive type can be caused by an enlarged prostate, urethral stricture, bladder or urinary tract stones or tumors, and so on. The non-obstructive type is not caused by an organic illness but by the voiding dysfunction. It is often associated to brain tumors, brain trauma, spinal cord tumors, spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve disease, surgery and anesthesia. If left untreated, it will lead to serious complications such as chronic kidney failure because of large amounts of urine held in the bladder. And the following herbs can help to cure urine retention naturally.


This is a wild perennial herb that has long been used to treat kidney disease, heartburn and nausea since ancient times. What’s more, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, dandelion is often used as a diuretic to increase urine output in the treatment of bladder inflammation and the inability to urinate.


This is an annual herb. It is worth mentioning that purslane can be used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. In the tradition of Oriental medicine, purslane is considered an herbal medicine with properties of expelling pathogenic heat, reducing inflammation, quenching thirst, and increasing urine production. In fact, today fresh purslane or the powder form is still a proven folk remedy for the treatment of acute urinary retention (AUR) in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).


In Oriental medicine nettle is commonly used to treat cystitis. And this is also a tonic and diuretic that can help promote the healing of the bladder and kidneys. In addition, it can be served as one of tea beverages. However, it is a good idea to consult a doctor before the use of it because drug interaction may occur when it is administered with supplements or drugs together.

Marsilea quadrifolia

Marsilea quadrifolia is an aquatic fern. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) thinks that it is of cold nature, sweet taste, and function of clearing heat, detoxing, increasing urine output, and reducing swelling. Clinically it is often used as a folk remedy for bladder retention, jaundice, stranguria, nephritis, edema and other similar diseases.

Saw palmetto

In European countries, this is one of traditional herbal remedies for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Since saw palmetto is anti-inflammatory and prevents testosterone from converting into dihydrotestosterone, it can help treat urinary retention due to benign prostatic hyperplasia.


This is one of homeopathic remedies for cystitis. Besides, it is helpful in treating the pain associated with urinary tract stones. More importantly, it is particularly effective in relieving the pain or burning sensation at the end of urination.

Green onions

Dysuria and urinary retention are common postpartum complications. In TCM, applying hot onion compresses on the bladder area is an effective way of relieving these complications. The method is to prepare 300 to 500 grams of green onion or garlic, mash them, wrap the mashed garlic or onion with gauze, apply it on the lower abdomen, and remove it 15 to 30 minutes later.

Indian licorice

The extract of Indian licorice is considered a natural alternative to antibiotics. No wonder it can be used in the treatment of cystitis. What’s more, since it is antibacterial it is frequently used to alleviate urinary retention due to inflammation or infection. What you need to do is just to mash 50 mg of Indian licorice, boil them with a glass of water for 30 minutes, remove the residue, and drink the tea three times a week.

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