Clinical trial will study impact of herbal medicine product on bedwetting in children

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  • 21 June 2018

A new clinical trial investigating whether an herbal medicine product can benefit school-age children experiencing bedwetting is being led by a collaboration between researchers from the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) at the University of Technology Sydney and the Office of Research at Endeavour College of Natural Health.

The trial will examine whether a specialised combination of medicinal herbs can reduce the frequency of wet nights and mornings for children between 6 and 14 years old. Bedwetting – also known as nocturnal enuresis - can occur in 1 in 5 Australian school-aged children and has a wide range of impacts on the child and their family. “While there are a number of possible therapies parents can use to treat their child, none are universally effective” explains Principal Investigator, Dr Janet Schloss, from Endeavour College of Natural Health and ARCCIM, “Many of these interventions are behavioural or educational and place a lot of pressure on parents with no guarantee of continued effectiveness after the therapy ceases.”

The TGA-listed herbal product being studied, Urox – Bedtime Buddy, is a combination of three herbs which have already been shown to benefit adults with urinary incontinence and overactive bladder. A key outcome from this previous study was the significant reduction in adult night time incontinence.

The clinical trial is funded by Seipel Group Pty Ltd, the Australian company responsible for producing Urox. “As an organisation we are committed to evidence-based medicine and so when we started receiving anecdotal reports from parents that Urox was really helping their children’s bedwetting we realised we needed to explore this further” says Tracey Seipel, Director of Seipel Pty Ltd.

The collaboration between ARCCIM and Endeavour College of Natural Health for this project is being led by Associate Director Research at Endeavour and ARCCIM Research Fellow, Dr Amie Steel. “From my perspective, all health care warrants close examination through rigorous and robust research and herbal medicine is no different. We know that parents often use herbal and other complementary medicines to support their child’s health so I am very glad we have an opportunity to contribute to research which will help parents make evidence-informed decisions about their child’s health care”.

Endeavour College of Natural Health’s Office of Research is dedicated to strengthening professional practice for complementary medicine professionals through an expanded body of evidence-based research for complementary medicine in Australia. It works to disseminate and critically examine all aspects of contemporary complementary medicine practice through the application of non-partisan, rigorous, and robust empirical research.

The Office of Research is an arm of Endeavour College of Natural Health, Australasia’s largest degree conferring tertiary institution offering qualifications in complementary medicine and natural health. It has six campuses in Australia and two in New Zealand, five Bachelor degrees, four Honours degrees, 5,000 students, 350 staff and leading academics in the field.

For further information about the trial please follow this link.

 

To set up an interview with Dr Janet Schloss (Brisbane), please contact:  

Dr Janet Schloss
Email: janet.schloss@endeavour.edu.au          Phone: 07 3253 9579

For a parent with a bedwetting child interested in participating in the trial, please contact:

Rebecca Reid
Email: trials@endeavour.edu.au                      Phone: 07 3253 9582