Cure and avoid Urinary tract infections (UTI’s) with these home remedies.



Treatment and prevention of Cystitis (Urinary tract infections)


Cystitis is an infection of the urinary bladder. It is the most frequent bacterial infection in women. About 10-15% of them have recurrent bladder infections.

Symptoms
Pain in the lower abdomen and back. Frequent, urgent and painful urination. Urine often has a strong, unpleasant odor and may appear cloudy (from pus). A desire to urinate even after the bladder has been emptied.
 Children with this condition may experience a painful burning sensation when urinating.

The main cause
 The cause is generally bacteria which have ascended up from the urinary opening; but, it is less frequently from infected urine sent down from the kidneys. The usual cause is ascended bacteria.
  * Cystitis most often occurs in females. The urinary outlet of the urethra is close to the vagina.
   *Bladder infection in men may signal prostate trouble.

General Treatment and prevention
  • Increase the fluid intake- lots of water, especially distilled, is best. Drink a half pint every 20 minutes for 3 hours, then one cup every hour. This is important.
  • Acidify the urine by drinking 1-2 quarts of cranberry juice per day, for the first day, and 1 quart a day thereafter while the crisis continues. It is the only fruit juice that remains acid until it reaches the kidneys. When you have this problem, citrus juice is not as good; since it tends to make the urine more alkaline, encouraging bacterial growth .  
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  • Eat a nourishing diet; avoid the wrong foods
  • Potassium deficiencies can lead to renal (kidney) disorders. Prepare a broth with thick potato peelings, plus carrots and other vegetables.
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  • Avoid zinc and iron supplements until this problem is healed.
  • Helpful herbs include juniper, lovage, parsley, uvi ursa, rupturewort, bearberry, birch and prickly ash. Of course, do not add sweetener or milk to the tea.
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  • Drink tea made from 2-3 crushed or blended garlic bulbs several times a day.
  • To relieve the pain and encourage healing, take hot sitz (sitting) baths, add 1 cup of vinegar. The next day, add 2 cloves crushed garlic or garlic juice to the water of one of the two baths.
  • A hot-water bottle placed in direct contact to the urethral and vaginal openings may be extremely helpful in reducing pain. A heat lamp can also be used.
How women can avoid Cystitis
Women should especially avoid bacterial infection ascending into the bladder: The urinary outlet of the urethra is close to the vagina.

1.Improper female hygiene is the most common cause of cystitis; she should start wiping from the front and go toward the back.

2.When sexual intercourse is not done with clean hands or too frequently, germs are more likely to enter the urethra. Wipe from front to back following bowel movements. Urinate before and after intercourse.

3.Wear cotton underclothing; it lets air through and absorbs moisture better.

4.Avoid douches, hygiene sprays, bubble baths, soap in the bathwater, and nylon clothing.

5.Wash carefully during the monthly, to avoid bacteria from going up the urethra.

6.Do not use tampons if there are frequent urinary tract infections.

7.Rinse underwear well, to get all the soap out.

8.Boil panties in plain (not soapy) water.

9.Shower after having bathed in a swimming pool.

10.Dress to keep the extremities warm; cold extremities weaken the trunk organs, including the urinary tract.

11.Birth control pills and spermaticides may cause cystitis.

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