Bladder infection home remedies
A bladder infection – cystitis or, in a broader sense, a urinary tract infection (UTI), can be treated with a variety of home-made remedies. Some of these have been used for centuries and many have been subjected to clinical trials which prove their effectiveness – though some MDs warn that in advanced stages, one should seek professional help, including prescription medicine.
Over 8 million Americans seek medical attention for UTIs every year. Every one out of five women has at least one UTI in her life span.
What is a bladder infection?
To better choose your remedy, you should understand what’s going on when the infection occurs.
The UTI is a bacterial infection, which means that it’s caused by bacteria that attach to the inside lining tissue of the urinary system and grow there. The body reacts to an infection exactly the same way respiratory system reacts to a cold. Trying to get rid of the invader microbes, the tissues inflame (higher temperatures kill bacteria) and swell (tissue discharges help in washing out the bacteria and damaged lining.)
The bacteria causing bladder infections – Escherichia coli (“E. coli”) – originate in the rectum and are spread to the urethra. The general reason for its spreading is improper cleansing.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms are a burning pain during urination and an uncontrollable urge to urinate frequently. Additional symptoms may also be cloudy urine, lower back pain, and pain above the pubic bone. There are changes in urine that worsen the symptoms and home remedies aim at this part of the problem, as well.
What is an efficient treatment at home?
From the above information follow the tactics of treating the UTI:
- Immune system stimulator(s) like Echinacea puprurea
- Urine cleanser(s) like cranberry juice
- Diuretics (urine flow enhancers) such as the herb Uva Urci
- Urine diluter, which is just pure water
Anecdotal evidence about home remedies
Naturopaths believe bladder infections to be the result of an underlying acid/alkaline imbalance due to over consumption of refined flour and sugar, meat and cheese, with only limited alkalizing fruits and vegetables. The consumption of cranberry juice makes the urine more acidic. The juice should be (so they believe) real cranberry juice – not the sugared commercial variety, and not in tablet form.
Antiseptic and diuretic herbs used to treat UTI
St. John’s wart
Garlic (fresh-squeezed juice)
Helpful foods to fight UTI
Any food that you noticed to work as a diuretic for you is fine. For some, it’s all in raw vegetables and fruits.
Most common diuretic foods are:
Yogurt (live culture)
Homeopathic remedies are often reported to be helpful, relieving discomfort and encouraging recovery. Unlike antibiotics and even herbs, which are more like
“one-size-fits-all” type of treatments, homeopathic medicines are very symptom-sensitive, with symptoms being much more detailed than what the mainstream and natural medicine describe. Here are a few examples of additional (to common symptoms) indications:
Clematis: if a tingling sensation continues long after urination
Belladonna: if there are cramps in abdominal area
Aconitum apellus: anxiety during urination, hot urine, chills, and shakiness
Apis mellifica: absence of thirst, among several other symptoms
Sarsaparilla: flaky urine
Sepia: sagging feeling in the pelvic area
Over the Counter medicines
Cystex is an over the counter urinary pain relief medicine containing methenamine as an ingredient. It’s what a doctor would prescribe, but in a lower dose.
Azo is a cranberry extract tablet. There are 2 kinds: prevention tablets and tablets that ease the discomfort of an already existing UTI.
- After using the bathroom for whatever reason, wipe from front to back.
- Drink lots of water
- Never resist the urge to go to the bathroom
- Choose cotton underclothes for better ventilation
Antibiotics kill all microbes — the “bad” bacteria, but also “friendly” bacteria. Yeast infections too often follow antibiotics use, since they are antibiotic-insensitive and without healthy competition from friendly bacteria grow “out of control”. Friendly bacteria are not “friendly” just because they are harmless. They are pro-biotics meaning they promote health and immune strength.
A some natural medicine: D-Mannose
D-Mannose is a naturally occurring simple sugar that helps to remove the E.coli from inside of the urinary tracts without killing it. It also doesn’t kill the friendly bacteria and never results in yeast overgrowth and immune system weakening.
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