The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.
Bladder infections or cystitis are common, especially in women. Symptoms
of a bladder infection include burning pain with urination, increased frequency
of urination often with a sense of urgency, pain over the bladder and cloudy,
bad-smelling or dark urine. Women with recurrent infections or men with
any bladder infection should be checked for abnormalities of the urinary
tract. Recurrent and untreated bladder infections can ascend to the kidneys
with the potential for permanent kidney damage. The most common bacteria
in bladder infections is E. coli, a normal inhabitant of the gastrointestinal
tract. A number of factors can help with prevention of bladder infections.
First, making sure the urine is dilute and emptied from the bladder regularly.
Drinking lots of water and urinating regularly will prevent bacteria from
getting established in the bladder. Next, prevent bacteria from getting
into the bladder. Wipe from front to back, use non-colored and non-scented
tissue, wear cotton underwear and change frequently, urinate before and
after sex and never touch the vaginal or urethral area after touching the
anus, avoid the use of spermacides and douching to promote the normal vaginal
bacteria which protect against E. coli. See the section on immune enhancement.
Avoid sugar and food allergens.
Herb of choice-
Cranberry- is a very effective treatment due to a constituent
that prevents bacteria, especially E.coli from adhering to the cells of
the bladder. It is safe, even for pregnant women. It must be used in the
unsweetened form, although it can be added to apple or grape juice to make
it taste better. 4 ounces 4 times a day.
Other herbs- Uva Ursi, Goldenseal,
Echinacea, Couchgrass, Yarrow
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It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.