[toc]Urinary tract infections are more common in women than in men. It mainly affects the urinary tract, but may also affect the bladder; and when the bladder is infected the kidney is not far away for the bacteria to grow and multiply there. The symptoms usually start with an urge to visit the loo where only a few drops of urine comes out. A burning sensation in the urinary system creeps in. Then the more severe symptoms start manifesting – fevers, chills, back pain etc.
Sometimes there is blood in urine.So the bacteria needs to be controlled before it can do further damage. You can obviously go for pills and antibacterial medicines. However, there are a lot of herbs that can do the job of these antibacterial medicines. Moreover, you can take these herbs in conjunction with your prescribed medicines. Let us explore some herbal remedies for urinary tract infection.
5 Herbal Remedies For Urinary Tract Infection
The bacteria is clinging on to the walls of your bladder and other areas of urinary tract. It is multiplying there. To deactivate the bacteria it needs to be dislodged from its hideout so that it is not able to replicate. This can be done quite effectively with cranberry. It has been seen that this herb is very effective in preventing the bacteria from adhering to the walls of urinary tract. Also it is able to kill the bacteria. So take one glass of cranberry juice twice every day. After a few days you will see that the symptoms are toning down.
This herb is found in Europe and northern America. It is antiseptic and diuretic in nature. For centuries this herb has been used to treat urinary tract infections. Research has shown that this herb has a powerful antiviral and antibacterial character. Being a diuretic in nature it increases renal circulation and flow of urine. This disturbs the habitat of the bacteria. However, for uva ursi to be effective the urine needs to be alkaline. So don’t use cranberry and uva ursi simultaneously. You can have some baking soda along with uva ursi. This will make the herb more potent.
This is a naturally occurring sugar that is mainly found in berries, peaches, birch tree and apple. It has been seen that this sugar acts as an adsorbent for E. coli bacteria that is mostly responsible for urinary tract infections. It attracts the bacteria and gets down the urinary system along with it. So if you take this herbal element and drink a lot of water then you are most likely to drive out the bacteria and become free from e. coli.
Goldenseal And Echinacea
This combination has been used since centuries to kill virus and increase immunity. Goldenseal is an excellent antimicrobial herb whereas Echinacea has the capacity to boost up your immune system. So a combination of these two packs quite punch against the culprit bacteria. Extracts of both are available in local pharmacies. Take both of these to fight urinary tract infection.
Only killing the bacteria or dislodging them from their hideout is not enough to alleviate the symptoms. You need to flush out the live as well as dead bacteria along with the toxins. For this the urine output needs to be increased. So drink lots of water and take dandelion tea. Dandelion is a diuretic; meaning that it helps to increase renal circulation and increase urination.