Twice this year I have felt like a UTI was coming on. Nothing serious- a heaviness in the pelvis, slight burning, etc. Before I even THINK about getting help from a doctor, I turn to herbs. (per usual, really)
First things first, is the tried and true cranberry juice. I get an unsweetened, natural brand and dilute with water and get to drinking. How does cranberry juice work for UTI? Well, according to MedicalNewsToday.com, "For a UTI to occur, bacteria must adhere to and invade the lining of the bladder. Cranberries contain A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs), which interfere with the bacteria's ability to the bladder wall, reducing the likelihood of infection." I read somewhere that cranberries are only as effective as antibiotics preventing another one, as if that wasn't a deterrence. Antibiotics clear away the bad bacteria causing infection but they also clear away good bacteria and without good bacteria, a host of other problems can arise. Its imperative that we do not overuse antibiotics.
Anyway, back to UTIs. Cranberry juice diluted and drank regularly helps get things moving and grooving and helps me go to the bathroom more, flushing out.
Next, I create a tea blend with certain herbs that I drink continually.
Corn Silk: As a diuretic it is a great herb for urinary issues, bedwetting, cystitis, acute inflammation, and infection.
Hibiscus: Hibiscus shows great help in clearing and preventing UTIs with "Early research has found that people with urinary catheters living in long-term care facilities who drink hibiscus tea have a 36% lower chance of having a urinary tract infection compared to those not drinking tea"
Uva Ursi: Another diuretic, studies have shown this herb to help clear and prevent UTIs, especially when paired with dandelion leaf.
I used these 3 with Goldenrod, and Nettle, herbs that help cleanse and nourish the kidneys, and the pain subsided within 2 days and I was back to normal!
Remember: if you have an ailment, THERES A PLANT FOR THAT! ;)
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