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|At some point in life, most of us will experience a urinary tract infection (UTI), commonly referred as a bladder infection
The term 'cystitis' refers to inflammation of the urinary bladder. The recurrence of cystitis may, in some cases, be associated
with kidney troubles.
The patient complains of an almost continual urge to void and a burning sensation on passing urine. There may be a feeling of
pain in the pelvis and lower abdomen. The urine may become thick, dark, and stringy.It may have an unpleasant smell and
may contain blood or pus.Some pain in the lower back may also be felt in certain cases. In an acute stage,there may be a rise
in body temperature.In the chronic form of cystitis,the symptoms are similar but generally less severe and longer lasting,and
without a fever.
|Cystitis may result from infections in other parts connected with or adjacent to the bladder such as the kidneys, the
urethra, the vagina, or the prostate gland. There may be local irritation and inflammation in the bladder if urine is retained
there for an unduly long time. Cystitis may also result from severe constipation. Other conditions like an infected kidney,
stones in the kidneys or bladder, or an enlarged prostate may also lead to this disorder.
Remedies for Cystitis with Cucumber Juice
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.
Remedies for Cystitis with Spinach
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.
Remedies for Cystitis with Lemon
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.
Remedies for Cystitis with Barley
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.
Remedies for Cystitis with Sandal wood Oil:
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.
Herbal Remedies for Cystitis #1
Uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi), 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.
Herbal Remedies for Cystitis #2
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) 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.
Herbal Remedies for Cystitis #3
Juniper (Juniperus communis) 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.
Herbal Remedies for Cystitis #4
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) 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.
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.
|Remedies for Cystitis - Infection-Fighting Formula
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.
Aromatherapy essential oils can be added to baths, compresses, and massage oils to help to relieve urinary
tract infections. Sitz baths can ease the pelvic pain that sometimes accompanies an infection. Add five
drops each of juniper and sandalwood essential oils to the tub.
Juniper is a potent detoxifying oil with diuretic properties and is specifically an antiseptic for the urinary
tract. It has a pungent, sweet, woodsy fragrance. Do not use juniper during pregnancy.
Sandalwood is also an antiseptic and diuretic and is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine for treating
urinary tract infections. It has a complex, rich, woodsy and sweet scent.
Tea tree is a potent antiseptic that directly kills the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. If' you suffer
frequently from this infection, add two drops of tea tree oil to one cup of warm water and use regularly as a
genital wash after bowel movements and following intercourse. Tea tree oil has a pungent, camphor-like
|Aromatherapy Bath for Cycitis
2 cups Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
6 drops sandalwood essential oil
4 drops juniper essential oil
Fill bathtub with comfortably hot water, adding
Epsom salts and baking soda while the tub is
filling. Add sandalwood and juniper essential oils
just before entering the tub. Soak for 15 to 20
|Massage Oil for Cycitis
1 ounce almond oil
7 drops sandalwood essential oil
5 drops juniper essential oil
1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Combine oils and store in a dark glass bottle. Use as a massage
oil over the abdomen and lower back.
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