Cystitis

Simply put, cystitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the bladder, and is more commonly observed in women. The inflammation usually occurs due to certain bacterial or viral infections, and is characterized by passing of urine frequently, cloudy urine and pain during urination.

In some worse cases, the urine may also have an unpleasant smell and may have pus or blood with it. While most practitioners suggest a dose of antibiotic medications to lessen bacterial growth, cystitis and its associated symptoms can also be dealt with by using certain herbs and botanical extracts.

Here we’ve put down a comprehensive list of the best herbs that could help you deal with cystitis better. Read on…

Shatavari

Shatavari is an herb that is usually used to deal with a wide range of women’s problems and holds a place of importance in Ayurvedic medicine. This herb has been found to help building of damaged tissues and other conditions associated with high pitta (heat) in the body, which make it a wonderful natural treatment against cystitis.

Shatavari is also found effective against a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera extracts are known for their cooling, soothing and healing properties and are thought to be wonderfully effective in acting as an herbal remedy against cystitis. Though aloe extracts are commonly used to calm down topical skin conditions such as burns and bruises; its anti-inflammatory skin conditions comes handy when it comes to soothing down the inflamed linings of the urinary tract and helping them heal.

What’s more, aloe vera extracts are also though to reduce the pitta energy which may cause burning sensation in the pelvic area during urination.

Cumin

Cumin, when taken with coriander seeds and fennel seeds, acts as a remarkable natural remedy against cystitis. The action of these three herbs soothes the mucosa of the bladder and help relieve pain and inflammation.

Best of all, a concoction of these herbs can be taken orally without the risk of any side effects associated with their use.

Dashamula

Dashmula basically means a combination of ten potent roots. It is easily available at any herbal specialty store, and is thought to be one of the best remedies when it comes to calming down the pitta (heat) of the body, which is believed to be the cause of several diseases, including cystitis.

Taking dashmula extracts can also help calm down aggravation of tissues, which may be observed during bacterial infection of the bladder.

Guduchi

Guduchi is an herb that is commonly used to deal with conditions associated with high pitta levels in the body. This herb is thought to possess regenerative properties that reduce toxicity and improve vitality and energy of the body.

Goksura

Also known as caltrops, goksura is basically an herb that possesses important anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective remedy against cystitis and bladder infections. The extracts of this herb are believed to target the urinary tract and reduce infection and the formation of stones.

In fact, some studies have also found this herb to be effective against many other infectious conditions.

Neem

Neem is well known for its antibacterial properties and is thought to be helpful in dealing with the infectious conditions that affect the bladder as well. Neem has a place of importance in Ayurvedic medicine and is found effective against a wide range of skin disorders; and is also thought to relieve conditions associated with high vata and debility.

Corn Silk

Corn silk has been in use as a natural treatment for urinary tract infections since a long time, and is known to posses diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a wonderful remedy for cystitis too!

The extracts of this herb are thought to help relieve symptoms associated with cystitis too!

Marshmallow

Althea officinalis, also commonly known as marshmallow, is a perennial plan that possesses amazing expectorant, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, mucilaginous, emollient and demulcent properties. The roots, leaves, flowers and syrup of this plant is often used by many herbal medicine practitioners as a supplement for the digestive system.

The leaves and root extracts of this plant are not just effective in curbing local irritation and infections, but coat and protect the bladder and the intestines, thereby preventing them from bacterial and viral infections.