Cystitis or urinary tract infections (UTI) affect women more often than men. In fact, every year about two million women suffer from a bladder infection. While your health care provider may suggest the use of antibiotics to manage the condition… There are many safe and effective natural remedies for cystitis that can help.
What is Cystitis?
Who is Most at Risk?
Cystitis is common in sexually active women and menopausal women.
The risk for cystitis is elevated if a woman is:
Uses a diaphragm with spermicide
Menopause – loss of estrogen
Using personal hygiene products frequently
A bladder infection is a result of not efficiently evacuating the urine. Usually, If you have a good strong stream of urine, you will not get a bladder infection.
Symptoms of Cystitis:
Some of the most commonly reported symptoms of cystitis include:
Pain, burning or stinging while urinating
A sense of urgency to pee
Feeling like urinating even after passing urine
Dark and/or cloudy urine with a smell
Pain in the lower abdomen and pelvic area
Nausea and/or vomiting
Presence of blood
In kids, the symptoms may include one or more of the following:
A temperature of 101 or above
Nausea and/or vomiting
Irritability and adamancy
Inability to pass urine due to pain
Dark colored urine
Natural Remedies for Cystitis and Vaginal Infections
We've rounded up the best natural remedies for cystitis to bring relief for cystitis and vaginal infections.
1. Reduce stress
Find ways to cut down stress because stress can trigger inflammation. With this in mind, you want to practice relaxation techniques to de-stress because it's known to lower the recurrence of cystitis. An Epsom salt bath can be another great way to relax pelvic floor muscles and reduce pain.
2. Cooling Diet
Ayurveda recommends choosing a diet to lower heat in the urinary tract. Accordingly, cooling food is called a pitta pacifying diet. Avoid sugar, alcohol, refined carbohydrates (white bread and pasta), and full-strength fruit juices. Also, you want to eat generous amounts of garlic and onions.
3. Drink water
Acute cystitis can happen from lack of adequate fluid intake. So then, Drink plenty of water to help flush bacteria from the urinary tract. For example, aim to drink at least 64 oz of pure water or unsweetened liquid daily to flush out the bugs.
4. Stopping smoking
If you smoke, here's another reason to stop: For one thing, the chemicals you inhale while smoking irritates the bladder, triggering inflammation and infection.
5. Maintain intimate hygiene
Shower daily to keep vulva area clean. As a rule:
- Wipe from front to back after a bowel movement
- Avoid wearing nylon pantyhose or tight clothing (like tight skinny jeans) for long hours. (tight clothing can be a breeding ground for bacteria).
- Aim to wear loose, cotton underwear
- Stop using douches, soaps or deodorants in the vaginal area as it depletes the natural pH levels.
- Empty your bladder and clean the vaginal area after sexual intercourse
6. Hot and Cold Therapy
Experiment with a heating pad and cold a pack to see what works best for you. Often a combination of both is most effective
Heat can help to soothe the spasms and aches. The easiest thing is to use just a simple heating pad or hot water bottle.
But since cystitis is a heated condition, an ice pack placed directly on the perineum can bring instant relief. Cold also helps to reduce inflammation
Do not leave either hot or cold on too long. It's best to alternate every 20 minutes or so.
Home & Herbal Remedies for Cystitis
A bladder infection is a result of not efficiently evacuating the urine. Uri-care is an Ayurvedic herbal formulation to improve the flow and natural release of urine from the bladder. This formula also contains Indian Madder which has been shown to promote the normal functioning of bladder muscle contraction and relaxation.
2. Baking soda
3. Licorice Root
4. Mannose powder
5. Drink Cranberry juice
7. Apple cider vinegar
Yoga For Cystitis
1. Cat-Cow Vinyasa
2. Padmasana – Lotus Pose
3. Bhujangasana – Cobra Pose
See Your Doctor
These natural remedies for cystitis are time-tested and effective. But, do the smart thing and see your doctor anyway.
You can always include these natural solutions along with the medications that your doctor recommends. And if you do end up taking antibiotics for your bladder infection, be sure to add a probiotic supplement to your program. (Do not take the probiotic and the antibiotic at the same time).
I’ve given you lots of natural remedies for bladder health here. So, it can be helpful to read it over again to digest the information or bookmark it for future reference.
Please promise me one more thing… You won’t hesitate to ask me questions in the comment area below. I’m here to help you out and I would love nothing more than for you to be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself possible. Let me know if you need anything and I will be sure to get back within “hours” most of the time.
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no that i know a lot about women’s health but this site offers a good mixing of treatments to the problem, which i like to see, simply cause not a one size fits all method, different people will need different methods, a class one site , keep up the good work
I appreciate your comment and feedback Kevin.
The natural remedies for cystitis that you have outlined will help me to prevent having cystitis in the future.
I had cystitis during my first week of pregnancy and my doctor had to prescribe antibiotics. If only I have known the preventive measures that you have recommended before, I should not have acquired cystitis.
Do you recommend Yoga to prevent cystitis to pregnant women on their first trimester?
Thank you and hope for your reply soon.
All the best to you in helping us acquire natural remedies for our health issues.
I recommend gentle yoga for health to anyone in their first trimester, not just those looking to prevent cystitis. There are many on-line platforms out there that have prenatal yoga. I’m especially fond of YogaDownload.
Thanks for connecting and commenting.
Wow, there is a plethora of information on this one page alone!
As someone who has suffered from Cystitis, I really appreciate the wisdom on this page. I have to say that this is one of the more painful (and itchy) experiences I’ve had.
A somewhat awkward question about hygiene, if you’re not supposed to use douches and other products like that, what’s the best way to insure against odor?
I don’t recommend douching because it can change the balance of bacteria that lives in the vagina. Douching can actually make the environment more favorable for the growth of bacteria that cause yeast infections and pelvic inflammations.
Something else… don’t use scented tampons which have chemicals! Opt for 100% cotton.
Thanks for connecting.
Hello Jackie, Thank you for the information about the natural remedies for cystitis. Many people especially ladies will find the help they need here.
First, many people feel offended to open up about this disease to people even medics. What come to people’s mind is that they will judge me of immorality. I mean it just comes natural so before it gets worse people want to treat it by themselves before going for medical help.
A great blog for women, waw.
Thanks for connecting and commenting Mariam
How often do women get urinary tract infections? How long can a UTI last? Is there a big percentage of kids getting UTI? Do most women or kids not drink 64oz of water a day? Is the nicotine in cigarettes what triggers inflammation, and infection? What is Indian Madder in UriCare? Do many women use yoga instead of natural remedies for cystitis?
About 1 in 5 women get reoccurring UTI’s and they stick around till treated. Indian Madder is also known as Manjishta and is an anti-inflammatory. Yoga IS a natural remedy. Thanks for connecting.
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