Bed Wetting in children - How Ayurveda Remedies Can Stop

Bed wetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, is a common condition that affects around 15-20% of children over the age of 5. In Ayurveda, bed wetting is thought to be caused by an imbalance in the pitta dosha. Pitta governs bodily heat, metabolism, digestion, and absorption. An excess of pitta dosha manifesting in the bladder can lead to involuntary urination during sleep. Several Ayurvedic herbs and formulations help balance pitta and strengthen the urinary bladder and kidneys.

Some effective Ayurvedic remedies for bed wetting include:

Ashwagandha: This renowned Ayurvedic herb acts as a nervine tonic. It soothes the nervous system, promotes relaxation, and reduces anxiety – all of which can trigger bed wetting. Ashwagandha is safe for regular long-term use. Give children 1-2 capsules (250-500mg) or 1⁄2 teaspoon of powder mixed with warm milk before bedtime.

Vacha: Also known as calamus, it has a pleasing aroma that calms the mind. For bed wetting, a medicated oil containing vacha is gently massaged over the lower back and abdomen before sleep. This strengthens the urinary tract muscles.

Gokshura: This diuretic herb surprisingly helps control bed wetting episodes by toning the urinary tract. Under expert guidance, gokshura powder can be boiled into a tea and given twice daily.

Shatavari: Possessing excellent therapeutic effects on both male and female reproductive organs, shatavari relieves urinary incontinence. It is available as churna powder which can be added to milk or juice. Shatavari also boosts immunity in children.

Pashanbheda: Excellent results have been observed with the use of pashanbheda decoction in pediatric enuresis cases. This herb removes toxins from kidneys and improves their functioning ability. Pashanbheda can be hard to source, so consult an Ayurvedic practitioner first.

Medhya Rasayana: These are special Ayurvedic formulations containing herbs like Brahmi, Mandukparni, and Shankupushpi. They support neuron functioning and development. Lack of nerve coordination between the bladder and brain can trigger bed wetting. Regular Medhya Rasayana keeps the nervous system healthy.


In addition to giving these remedies, Ayurveda advises following certain guidelines to alleviate enuresis faster:

  • Ensure the child empties the bladder just before going to bed. This reduces the urgency and frequency of nighttime urination.
  • Give a light but nourishing meal at night. Heavy, spicy, sour, or hard-to-digest foods irritate the bladder.
  • Make sure the mattress is dry, airy, and clean. Change bed sheets frequently.
  • Massaging the lower back & abdomen with medicated Ayurvedic oils promotes relaxation.
  • A warm oil scalp massage also helps the child sleep better at night.
  • Identify any emotional reasons behind bed wetting, like stress, a new school, or parental discord.

Sometimes dietary adjustments, lifestyle changes, and yoga asanas may also be suggested along with herbs. For example:

Diet Tips:

  • Include cleansing foods like cranberries and melons.
  • Ensure adequate hydration throughout the day.
  • Reduce cold, heavy, and sour items.
  • Avoid food items that tend to aggravate kapha, especially at night.

Lifestyle Tips:

  • Set up a nighttime bathroom routine.
  • Limit any fluid intake one or two hours before bedtime.
  • Practice pelvic floor exercises like the bridge pose in yoga.



Many parents worry about how to handle a child with enuresis. Along with giving remedies, provide plenty of emotional support. Reassure the child that bed wetting is temporary and not their fault. Reward their progress with star charts. Most importantly – be patient. Natural remedies take some time to work but are safe even for regular and long-term use.

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1. What causes bedwetting in children according to Ayurveda?

Ans. According to Ayurveda, bed wetting is caused by an imbalance in the pitta dosha which governs bodily heat, metabolism, digestion and absorption. 

2. How can ashwagandha help stop bed wetting? 

Ans. Ashwagandha acts as a nervine tonic that soothes the nervous system, reduces anxiety, and promotes relaxation – all of which can help prevent bed wetting episodes triggered by anxiety or overactive nerves.

3. Why is gokshura given for pediatric enuresis?

Ans. Gokshura is a diuretic herb but it surprisingly helps to control bed wetting by toning the entire urinary tract. Under supervision, it can be boiled into a tea and given to children twice daily.

4. How does shatavari help with urinary incontinence? 

Ans. Shatavari has excellent therapeutic effects on the male and female reproductive organs. It relieves urinary incontinence by strengthening the urinary bladder. It is available as churna powder which can be added to beverages.

5. What is Medhya Rasayana? 

Ans. Medhya Rasayana are special Ayurvedic formulations containing nervine herbs like brahmi, mandukparni and shankupushpi. They support neuron functioning which helps coordinate signals between the brain and bladder.

6. How should parents manage a child with enuresis?  

Ans. Provide plenty of emotional support, reassurance, encouragement and rewards for progress. Be patient as natural remedies take some time. Managing anxiety is key.

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