Use these 7 natural remedies for UTI to stop the pain and burning of urinary tract infections.
UTI, cystitis or bladder infection is one of the most excruciating and common health problems. It inflicts four times as many women as men.
Did you know that 90 percent of urinary tract infections are from E. coli? Only about 10 percent are caused by other microbes.
A bladder infection happens when the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli) gets into your urinary tract and invades the urothelial cells that line it.
This E. coli is part of the normal bacteria in your body – it’s not the dangerous E. coli that kills people. Even so, it belongs in your digestive tract, not in your urinary tract.
If you have nausea, vomiting, pain in your back or side, a fever, and/or confusion or fuzzy thinking, your bladder infection has progressed to a kidney infection. Get medical help – this is a serious condition.
These natural remedies for UTI help you clear cystitis without antibiotics and their harmful side effects.
Cranberry juice is probably the best known of all natural remedies for UTI.
Why does it work?
When E. coli tries to cling to the walls of your urinary tract and start an infection, a substance in cranberries called proanthocyanidin keeps the bacteria from clinging. So it gets flushed out of your system.
Cranberry also makes E. coli less virulent – weakening it so it’s less able to cause trouble.
One drawback to cranberry is that it is bitter medicine! The most effective form is pure, unsweetened cranberry juice, but who can drink a lot of that? Not me!
So why not just drink sweetened cranberry juice or mixed juices as natural remedies for UTI?
The problem with sweetened juice is that sugars are the food of bacteria, fungus and yeasts in your body. So the sweeteners cancel out the benefits of the cranberries.
Same problem if the cranberry is mixed with other, sweeter juices. Perhaps this is why cranberry juice doesn’t work very well as a cystitis treatment for some people.
Is artificial sweetener a good option?
Only if you don’t care about your brain longevity or digestion. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to neurological and gastrointestinal problems.
What to do?
Here are some options:
D-mannose is the active ingredient in cranberry juice. It is the most effective of natural remedies for UTI and kidney problems that are caused by E. coli.
Dr. Frank Lipman says d mannose is 10 to 50 times stronger than cranberry juice.
Strangely enough, d-mannose is a sugar. It’s also found in blueberries, peaches and pineapple, but you’d have to eat a lot of fruit to get the same amount that’s in a half teaspoon of d-mannose powder.
This home remedy for bladder infection is an interesting and different type of sugar. As Dr. Jonathan Wright points out, d-mannose powder tastes good but doesn’t cause problems for blood sugar, so it’s safe for diabetics to use. He says it’s also safe for children and pregnant women.
Your friendly flora are safe with it, too, since you don’t absorb much of it. And it won't promote the growth of yeast and fungus. So there are no annoying yeast infections after you take d-mannose powder, the way there can be after antibiotics.
D-mannose seems to be largely voided through the kidneys and bladder, where it helps to clear up the E. coli infection, making it an ideal cystitis treatment.
Dr. Wright recommends that women who tend to have sex-related UTIs take a half teaspoon of d-mannose powder in water before and after sex as a home remedy to prevent bladder infection.
A study that compared the effectiveness of d-mannose with Nitrofurantoin found that the dmannose slightly outperformed the antibiotic. Both were highly effective at keeping UTIs from recurring, but the d-mannose also reduced the risk of side effects.
Even a small amount of vitamin C or ascorbic acid is one of the most effective natural remedies for UTI, especially if you want to prevent cystitis or a bladder infection.
A study of pregnant women found that when they took as little as 100 mg of vitamin C daily, it was enough to significantly reduce urinary infections.
Aconite – For very painful urination and cystitis after a sudden shock or exposure to cold.
Arnica Montana – For UTI after giving birth; involuntary dribbling.
Cantharis – Especially when there is a great deal of pain and burning – to the point where you try to avoid urinating and may become dehydrated from not drinking liquids. Possibly bloody urine. The University of Maryland Medical Center says Cantharis is the most prescribed of homeopathic natural remedies for UTI.
Pulsatilla – Urgency, urine that spurts after coughing, laughing, etc.
Sarsparilla – For pain after urination or when less painful to urinate while standing.
Staphysagria – For cystitis that occurs after sex. “Honeymoon syndrome.” Urgency. There may have been abuse in the past, or deeply held anger now - sometimes unrecognized.
Coconut oil will not necessarily stop a UTI, but it is a natural antibacterial that will help to soothe sore tissues.
You can use coconut oil directly on your skin in the genital area. Drinking coconut water is said to help with kidney and bladder issues.
Coconut oil and water may also work as cystitis treatment when the urinary tract infection is caused by Candida yeast (Candidiasis) rather than E. coli. This type of infection is more often found in hospitals, in patients who need catheters, and in diabetics.
Coconut contains caprylic acid which is a powerful antifungal and is often used to treat candidiasis which is a cause of UTI. Interestingly, one study found that caprylic acid also helps with frequent urination and incontinence.
The British Homeopathic Association says that drinking plenty of water is often enough to clear a minor urinary tract infection.
Make sure you drink good quality water that has been filtered to remove chemical toxins. Toxins increase the stress on your immune system and make it harder to heal.
If your cystitis has gone beyond the very early stages or is recurrent, add 2 – 3 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar to an 8-ounce glass of water and sip. This will change the PH of your urine to combat the bladder infection.
Butyric Acid suppresses E. coli – the source of most urinary tract infections.
While blueberries are often promoted as a home remedy for bladder infection, I could not find any studies that supported this claim.
However, blueberries have tremendous health benefits because of their anthocyanins and antioxidant properties. They are also a diuretic, so they may be helpful in combination with other natural remedies for UTI on this page.
This 5-step Natural Cure for UTI shows you how to clear up the causes of recurring bladder infections so you can stop having them.
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