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:
- Sexually active
- 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
- Frequent urination
- 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
- Poor appetite
- Inability to pass urine due to pain
- Abdominal 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
Heat can help to soothe the spasms and aches. The easiest thing is to use just a simple heating pad or hot water bottle.
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).
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