Bladder Infections or UTI’s

Also sometimes known as urinary tract infection (UTI), bladder infection is basically an infection that affects the urinary system. If left untreated, this infection can also progress to the kidneys and may lead to serious health concerns.

Bladder infections are characterized by an increased need to urinate, burning sensation during urination, nausea, blood or pus in the urine, etc. This condition affects some 8 to 10 million people in the United States alone, but is more common in women. It is believed that holding in urine for a longer time is what leads to this infection. Though practitioners usually recommend a dose of antibiotics to deal with bladder infections, many herbs could help you deal with it better.

Bladder Infections

Here we’ve put down some great herbal remedies that can help you tackle bladder infections easily. Read on…

Uva ursi

Uva ursi has been in use as a folk remedy for urinary tract infection since a long time, and it contains an active compound known as arbutin, which possesses amazing antiseptic properties. Uva ursi also contains essential tannins that help promote overall health.

This herb should only be taken with the advice of a practitioner and only in the recommended amounts.

Marshmallow

Marshmallow is yet another amazing herbal remedy for bladder infections. It is thought to soothe the inflammation of the internal linings of the bladder and the urinary tract, and also improve immune function and helps the body get rid of unwanted bacteria, thereby reducing urinary tract infection and its associated symptoms.

Cranberry

Cranberry is thought to be one of the best natural remedies when it comes to dealing with urinary and bladder infections. It has been in use since over a century, and is thought to work by making the urine more acidic, which reduces the activity of bacteria in the urinary tract and bladder, thereby preventing the worsening of infection.

Several studies have also found that cranberry contains proanthocyanins, which prevent the bacteria from adhering to the walls of the bladder, thereby allowing them to get washed away with urine. It is recommended that patients suffering from bladder infections drink cranberry juice as a remedy.

Grapeseed Extract

Grapeseed extract is also believed to be wonderfully effective in dealing with urinary tract infection and other infections. It is believed that grapeseed is efficient in fighting away bacteria that cause these infections, thanks to its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties,
5 drops of liquid grapeseed extracts taken in a day could be helpful in reducing infection and its associated symptoms.

Mustard Oil

Derived from horseradish root, mustard oil is a wonderful natural remedy for UTI and many other infections. Mustard oil is believed to contain certain active ingredients that inhibit bacterial and microbial growth in the bladder, which may help reduce the symptoms associated with bladder infections.

Herbal Teas

Herbal teas also work effectively in reducing the symptoms associated with urinary tract infections. A combination of horsetail and dandelion tea can act as an astringent and may help soothe the internal linings, remove toxins and reduce bacterial breeding. They also work as a diuretic and increase the production of urine, thereby stimulating the flush out of harmful bacteria that cause the infection.

Marshmallow root teas are also effective, especially when the infection has progressed to a further stage and bleeding is noted. An infusion of peppermint and juniper, when taken in the form of tea, can also help reduce inflammation and burning sensation observed while urinating.

Other Remedies

Apart from these, many other herbs and natural remedies could help you tackle urinary tract infection better.

  • Herbs- many other herbs including goldenseal, buchu, corn silk, horsetail etc. are believed to help curb bladder infections, however, there is insufficient advice to confirm its validity.
  • Some studies have also found that fennel seeds, ginger, St John’s Wort, nettle tea, yellowroot and Echinacea may be helpful in dealing with bladder infections.
  • Patients suffering from bladder infections should also increase their intake of water, which thereby increases urine output and helps flush away the bacteria that cause infection.
  • They should also avoid holding back urine for longer durations of time.
  • After sexual activity, it is advised to empty the bladder immediately.