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Home Medications and Treatments for Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)The urinary tract consists of organs like  urinary bladder, kidneys, urethra, ureters and prostate (in men). These organs collectively collect, store and remove urine from the body. A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is usually caused by bacterial infections. The disease can cause serious problems in kidneys if not treated in time. Urinary tract infection is much more common in adults than in children, although in children it is more likely to be serious and should be treated immediately.

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Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection


The symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) are pressure in the lower abdomen, increased frequency of urination, uncontrolled desire to urinate, a painful and burning sensation while passing urine and a general feeling of chills and lethargy. In spite of strong and frequent urge to urinate, a very little amount of urine is passed.

 

Causes of Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections are usually caused when bacteria enters the urinary tract through the urethra and proceeds to rapidly multiply in the bladder.  An obstruction in the flow of urine from the bladder paves the way for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). The urinary system is relatively resilient and possesses infection-fighting properties that may inhibit the growth of bacteria. Women are more susceptible to urinary tract infection then main.

Treatment Of Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infection Treatment with Cucumber Juice:
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Cucumber juice is one of the most useful home remedies in the treatment of cystitis. It is a very effective diuretic. A cup of this juice, mixed with one teaspoon of honey and a tablespoon of fresh lime juice, should be given three times daily.

 

Cranberries:
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Cranberries are scientifically proven to have certain compounds that reduce the ability of bacteria to adhere to bladder cells. Therefore, as a result, cranberries have the ability to prevent and cure urinary tract infections. Studies indicate that drinking cranberry juice several times each day may help to cure urinary tract infection.Preferably consume cranberry juice that is made of 100% cranberry juice without added sugar. However, cranberry juice is very tart and may be sweetened with beneficial sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup. Cranberry juice cocktail (cranberry juice mixed with other fruit juices) can also be used to cure and prevent urinary tract infection. Cranberry juice concentrate supplements are available in most health stores and they can be used instead of cranberry juice.

Urinary Tract Infection Treatment with Spinach:
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A quantity of 100 ml of fresh spinach juice, taken with an equal quantity of tender coconut water twice a day, is considered beneficial in the treatment of cystitis. It acts as a very effective and safe diuretic due to the combined action of both nitrates and potassium.

Urinary Tract Infection Treatment with Lemon:
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Lemon has proved valuable in cystitis. A teaspoon of lemon juice should be put in 180 ml of boiling water. It should then be allowed to cool and 60 ml of this water should be taken every two hours from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for the treatment of this condition. This eases the burning sensation and also stops bleeding in cystitis.

Urinary Tract Infection Treatment with Barley:
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Half a glass each of barley gruel, mixed with buttermilk and the juice of half a lime, is an excellent diuretic. It is beneficial in the treatment of cystitis, and may be taken twice daily.

Urinary Tract Infection Treatment with Sandal wood Oil:
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The oil of sandalwood is also considered valuable in this disease. This oil should be given in doses of five drops in the beginning and gradually increased to ten to thirty drops.

Herbs for Cystitis


Uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi):
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Sometimes called bearberry, has been used by cultures as diverse as the Native Americans and the Chinese for treating urinary tract infections. Uva ursi contains a natural compound called arbutin, which is transformed in the urinary tract into hydroquinone, a potent urinary antiseptic that is effective against the E. coli organism. Uva ursi also has diuretic action and helps to cleanse the urinary tract. The antibacterial component of uva ursi seems to be most effective in an alkaline environment, so it may be helpful while using the herb to avoid cranberry juice, citrus, tomatoes, and other foods that might acidify the urine. Uva ursi has an astringent but not unpleasant flavor. Make a tea by pouring one cup of boiling water over two teaspoons of dried leaves. Steep for ten minutes, strain, and drink three cups a day. As an alternative, take one-half teaspoon of liquid extract or two capsules three times a day. Although uva ursi is safe when used in recommended amounts, don't exceed the recommended dosage or use it for more than two weeks, because in high doses it can cause nausea and irritate the kidneys. Do not take uva ursi during pregnancy.

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis):
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Is also a potent antimicrobial that contains a natural antibiotic called berberine that is effective against many strains of harmful microorganisms, including E. coli. In addition, goldenseal has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that help to soothe inflamed mucous membranes. As with uva ursi, the natural antibiotic in goldenseal is most effective in an alkaline environment, so avoid eating acidifying foods while you are taking the herb. Pour one cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of powdered herb. Steep 10 minutes, strain, and drink three cups a day. Goldenseal is extremely bitter and is easiest to take as a liquid extract or in capsules. Take one-half to one teaspoon of extract or two to three capsules three times a day. Because it is a uterine stimulant, goldenseal should not be used during pregnancy.

Juniper (Juniperus communis):
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Berries contain an aromatic oil that has antimicrobial and diuretic properties. It steps up the fluidfiltering rate of the kidneys, which increases urine output. Juniper has a sweet, pungent, and astringent flavor. To make a tea, pour one cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of crushed berries, cover, and steep for 20 minutes. Strain, and drink up to three cups a day. Overuse of juniper can irritate the kidneys, and the herb should not be used for more than four to six weeks at a time. If you have kidney disease or are pregnant, do not use juniper.

Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis):
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Is a gentle diuretic that has mild immune-enhancing properties. While it won't fight infection as do uva ursi or goldenseal, it makes a soothing tea that helps to cleanse the bladder. Marshmallow has a pleasant, sweet flavor. Simmer one teaspoon of chopped dried root in one cup of boiling water in a covered pot for five minutes. Remove from heat and steep an additional ten minutes. Strain, and drink three to four cups throughout the day.

 

Bladder Cleansing Tea
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3 teaspoons marshmallow root
2 teaspoons dandelion leaf
2 teaspoons crushed juniper berries
3 teaspoons nettle
4 cups water

Simmer marshmallow root in water in a covered pot for 5 minutes.Remove from heat and add dandelion leaf, juniper berries, and nettle. Cover, and steep for 15 minutes. Strain and drink 3-4 cups throughout the day.

 

Infection-Fighting Formula
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1 ounce uva ursi extract
1/2 ounce goldenseal extract
1/2 Ounce echinacea root extract

Combine extracts in a dark glass bottle and shake well. Take 1 teaspoon four times a day in a small amount of warm water.

 

Urinary Tract Infection Prevention

A few simple precautions to avoid urinary tract infections.

Good hygiene is essential for preventing UTIs. Always wipe from front to back to keep bacteria away from the urethra.
Don't use scented toilet paper, perfumed or deodorant soaps, bubble bath, or feminine-hygiene sprays, all of which dry out the delicate vaginal tissues and make you more prone to infection.
Wash thoroughly soon after sexual activity, and if you are prone to frequent urinary tract infections, rinse with a solution of one cup of warm water with two drops of tea tree oil to kill bacteria.
Drink plenty of fluids, especially pure water and herbal teas.
Your need for fluids varies according to your diet, your level of activity, and the climate and season, but a good general guideline is to drink enough so that you need to urinate every couple of hours. This keeps your bladder cleansed and free of trouble-causing microorganisms.

There is no scientific evidence linking diet to IC / PBS, but many doctors and patients find that alcohol, tomatoes, spices, chocolate, caffeinated and citrus beverages, and high-acid foods may contribute to bladder irritation and inflammation. Some patients also note that their symptoms worsen after eating or drinking products containing artificial sweeteners. Patients may try eliminating various items from their diet and reintroducing them one at a time to determine which, if any, affect their symptoms. However, maintaining a varied, well balanced diet is important.

Diet:

Many doctors and patients find that alcohol, tomatoes, spices, chocolate, caffeinated and citrus beverages, and high-acid foods may contribute to bladder irritation and inflammation. Some patients also note that their symptoms worsen after eating or drinking products containing artificial sweeteners. Patients may try eliminating various items from their diet and reintroducing them one at a time to determine which, if any, affect their symptoms. However, maintaining a varied, well balanced diet is important.

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