Alternative Methods To Treat UTIs Without Medications
Clear Up Your UTI Witout Antibiotics Or Medications
Additional Ways to Cure and Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
As I discussed in the previous article "Alternative To UTI Medications", there are many natural urinary tract infection remedies available close to home or in your home. Many of these remedies include the use of special herbs that have either bacteral infection fighting components or properties that help boost the immune system or the bodies pH levels.
Now on to some powerful natural urinary tract infection remedies and herbs that can help in your UTI struggles. These are all easy to find in either your local grocery store or your local health shop.
Echinacea is often referred to as the “wonder drug” of herbs. Used to treat everything from the common cold to the flu, this herb also helps fight off urinary tract infections. Echinacea helps strengthen the immune system and fight off bacterial infections.
In addition, when you take Echinacea combined with goldenseal, you actually can super charge your immune system to fight off your urinary tract infection! If you take as a tea, you will simultaneously increase your fluid intake and output—which helps flush your system of harmful bacteria. You can generally take 2 caplets of this combination if you buy in pill form 3X per day.
Goldenseal is the standard for treating bacterial and viral infections. It can be taken several times per day in the form of a tea or in capsule or tincture form. If you can find the tea in your grocery store take it, it’s advisable to get it. The combination of herb and tea can act as a natural flush and remove bacteria from your system with greater expediency. This herb has antimicrobial and anti-viral properties and will help soothe inflamed tissues and allow your body to quickly start fighting the bacteria causing your urinary tract infection.
**Note: Because it can cause premature contractions of the uterus, Goldenseal is NOT recommended for women who are pregnant.**
Drinking one cup of nettle leaf tea up to six times per day can help to flush your system and help relieve the symptoms of a urinary tract infection. Nettle acts as an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce pain and swelling that often accompanies a urinary tract infection. It also works as a diuretic, so it increases the flow of urine helping to flush out bad bacteria. It also helps reduce bloating. Nettle is also rich in minerals, which naturally help combat Urinary Tract Infections. Often used by people in European countries to fight lower urinary tract infections, nettle is also thought to also work well in combination with Echinacea and other immune- boosting herbs.
Uva Ursi (Bearberry)
Uva ursi is an herb with antiseptic and diuretic properties that helps soothe the urinary tract as well as strengthens it. Uva ursi is also considered to be a natural anti-inflammatory, so it helps relieve the pain associated with a Urinary Tract Infection . Specifically, uva ursi helps make the urine alkaline. It can also be ingested in the form of a tea several times per day. Uva ursi is generally a very mild herb with few side effects. Uva ursi can be taken in tincture form—usually the dose is 1 to 2 Tsp. 2x per day or in a capsule dose of 500mg. If using as a tincture, mix with your goldenseal/Echinacea tea or take with a glass of water.
**Note: Taking uva ursi together with vitamin C and/or cranberry is not recommended because the combination will weaken the effect of both.**
Zinc helps boost your immune system and, when combined with vitamin C, can help you naturally fight off a urinary tract infection quickly and efficiently. In many locations, you will be able to find zinc lozenge form. Follow the directions on the package or have one lozenge 3x the first day of your symptoms, and then 1 per day thereafter.
I will discuss more alternative to UTI Medications in the next installment...