A mix of pumkin Seed, horsetail and flax is highly effective on stress urinary incontinence. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Clinical study of effectiveness and safety of CELcomplexcontaining Cucurbita Pepo Seed extract and Flax and Casuarina on stress urinary incontinence in women.
J Tradit Complement Med. 2019 Apr ;9(2):138-142. Epub 2018 May 3. PMID: 30963048
Aim: The safety and effectiveness of a preparation containing a mix of Cucurbita Pepo Seed extract, Equisetum arvense and Linum usitatissimum - Flax A (CELcomplex) on stress urinary incontinence (SUI) was evaluated in female patients recruited from 20 urological and gynaecological outpatient clinics in Slovakia.
Methods: A total of 86 women aged from 32 to 88 with SUI (grade 1 = 44, grade 2 = 42) were enrolled in the study and followed-up for six weeks (point 1) and twelve weeks (point 2). The primary outcome of the study was evaluated by changes in day-time and nocturnal urinary frequency (bathroom visits) and urinary incontinence episodes (leaks). Also, adverse events were quantified as well as the self-perceived effectiveness of the treatment. Research Ethics Board approval was obtained for this study.
Results: After 12 weeks of treatment there was a 30% (grade 1 SUI, p < 0.01), and 35% (grade 2 SUI, p < 0.01) improvement in urinary incontinence episodes, a 40% (grade 1 SUI, p < 0.01) and 26% (grade 2 SUI, p < 0.01) improvement in day-time urination frequency and 64% (grade 1 SUI, p < 0.01) and 54% (grade 2 SUI, p < 0.01) improvement in nocturnal urinary frequency. Reported side effects were: headache (3.5%), flatulence (4.1%) and gastrointestinal discomfort (3%). A total of 89.4 % of women in the study reported no side effects from this therapy and 97% acknowledged improvement of symptoms.
Conclusion: This clinical study demonstrated that a 12 week treatment with a mix of Cucurbita Pepo Seed extract, Equisetum arvense and Linum usitatissimum - Flax A (CELcomplex) is highly effective on stress urinary incontinence (SUI) with minimum adverse events. Further studies may be needed in order to determine the effectiveness and efficacy of this phytotherapy in other populations.