Bladder infections are typically caused by a type of bacteria called Escherichia coli (E. coli). This bacterium is normally found in the intestines. When E. coli is present in the intestines, it results in inflammation of the bladder. Chlamydia can also cause bladder infections. When fecal matter or vaginal secretions are introduced to the bladder it causes contamination.
How does the infection start? It can happen due to sexual activity, certain contraceptives, pregnancy and possibly diabetes. Food allergies have also been linked to bladder infections, if not properly eliminated from one’s diet.
When a bladder infection is apparent, it creates an extreme urgency to urinate. It can also be very painful, with a burning sensation. A person might feel as if their bladder must be continually emptied, even when it is not needed. The unpleasant odor and possible cloudiness in the urination also indicate an infection.
There are natural solutions that might remedy this situation, before and during a bladder infection.
The following herbs can also be combined and used in a tea
- Cranberry or Blueberry juice prevents bacteria (E. coli) from sticking to the walls of the bladder. Drink 24 ounces a day and break it up into 3 servings. The best way to drink it is pure and unsweetened. Capsule form is another option.
- Drink plenty of water, purified is best. It will flush the system of toxins.
- Chamomile helps calm the bladder.
- Chickweed aids in reducing inflammation.
- Cleavers aids in reducing inflammation.
- Echinacea helps to rebuild t-cells when the body is under fire. A valuable alternative to all antibiotics.
- Parsley aids in cellular function and is loaded with Vitamin C.
- Goldenseal is good for a bleeding bladder infection. Warning: do not use if pregnant or for more than one week at a time. Do not use if an allergy to ragweed is present.
- Marshmallow Root inhibits bacterial growth.
- Uva ursi is an antiseptic and diuretic. It will help flush the system.
Other ideas to consider
- Stay away from caffeine
- If food allergies are apparent, eliminate simple sugars, processed foods and any other foods that cause sensitivity. This will aggravate the infection.
- Wear cotton underwear.
- When active in any water sports, be sure to change into dry clothes immediately.
- Empty the bladder before and after sexual intercourse and other exercise.
- Wash the genital area after intercourse.
Please note that some bladder infections are more severe than others. Make sure to consult a physician when needed.
- James F. Balch, M.D., Phyllis A. Balch, c.n.c., Prescription for nutritional Healing 2nd edition 1997
- Humbart Santillo, N.D., Natural Healing with herbs 1993
- www.associatedcontent.com, Bladder infections: Natural Remedies that Heal