Even though the matter can be debated either way, to disprove or prove, natural remedies can help prevent as well as get rid of urinary tract infection. Some physicians are of the opinion that antibiotics enhance the risk of UTI recurring as more and more bacteria get resistant to prevalent medication. It should be kept in mind that changes in lifestyles and supportive measures are part and parcel of any naturopathy.
- Natural Remedies
- Physical Medicines
The concentration of hydrogen-ion (commonly known as pH level) in the urinary tract defines how favorable the urine is for bacterial growth. On a scale of 0 to 14, a level of 7 is basic and neutral whereas a level of less that 7 is acidic. Researches and studies conducted to find the causes of bacterial growth point towards benefits of an alkaline pH in urine for preventing urinary tract infections and minerals, especially citrates, alkalize the urine. A steady dose of calcium or magnesium citrate supplements proves to be a great help in bladder infection treatment. As infected urine that remains in the bladder during the night can cause irritation to the bladder, mineral supplements should be taken at bedtime for better effect.
Cranberry juice, by far the most renowned natural remedy, has been clinically proven to have antibacterial properties that restrict bacteria from adhering to the urethral tissue or bladder. Cranberry or blueberry juices in their pure form or at the most sweetened by apple or grape juice can disinfect the urinary tract to a great extent.
Homoeopathic remedies should be taken only after consulting a qualified consultant, as homoeopathy is a holistic system of curing and medication depends upon the overall appearance, symptoms, and even behavioral attitudes of the patients. Diabetic patients with UTI, however, should take homoeopathic remedies only in water, as the sugar content of the lactose pellets can be detrimental to their sugar levels.
Cantharis, Apis mellifica, Staphysagria, and Sarsasparilla, are four of the most commonly used homeopathic remedies for different symptoms of UTI.
Physical medicines can provide temporary relief from certain acute symptoms such as pain. You can apply castor oil directly to the skin to soothe the irritation. Another way in which you can get relief from pain is to cover a hot water bottle with cloth and apply it to the infected and painful area. This can ease pelvic pain along with cramping in the bladder.
You may choose any natural urinary tract infection cure but take care to keep consulting your physician or naturopath regularly so that progress and side effects, if any, can be monitored and addressed to.