A very common form of infection, Chronic in nature! Effecting mostly women of all ages, one if five women. 8.3 million visits to doctors in the US. 20% of women having a UTI will have recurrence, of which 30% will have a third recurrence, of which 80% will have more recurrences.
Burning, pain, itchiness, discomfort, unfinished feeling after urination, frequent urination, night urination, pain in urination, possible cloudy and/ or blood, could have fever in more advanced stages.
If the infection have spread to the Kidneys, this condition is called Pyelonephritis, we could see more low back and side pain, nausea vomiting, night sweats, stronger fever and chills, blood in the urine.
E coli is the most common bacteria to cause UTI, other bacteria’s can be the cause.
Women are much more susceptible to UTI, the reasons are the fact the women Urethra is shorter, and the proximity of the anus to vulva. the infection in many cases might be from movement of Bacteria from the anus to opening of the Urethra. Men do have UTI as well, but not as common.
Female gender, sexual activity, in some cases birth control are a risk factor.
Menopause, enlarge prostate. urinary tract obstruction, (stones, cancer), catheter use, female hygiene product, with scent and deodorants.
The medical treatment for UTI are Antibiotics. Side effects that might occur with the use of Antibiotics are digestion problems, lowered immune system, and most common- reoccurring of UTI, – for prevention of some of the side effects take a combination of beneficial bacteria, (probiotics), referred to as Acidophilus. (make sure it contain Bifido bacteria).
if you are feeling the beginning of a UTI, avoid foods high in sugars, might lower immune system.
Douches/ sitz bath
(Douche is done by inserting fluid into the vegina, can be done with large serynges, or with special Douching device)
Can be done, with some crushed garlic into water, Grapefruit seed extract liquid drops, into water, colloidal silver mixed into water. Making sure the genitals area is clean and dry all day, clean cotton underwear.
A form of sugar that is common in our body. Used by the bacteria connect to the wall of the bladder by supplementing D-Mannose, the bacteria is unable to attach itself the wall of the bladder and is being flushed with the urine. D-Mannose have shown to be an effective form of treatment in acute and chronic conditions.
Works in a similar way to D-Mannose. Used to be believed to work by enhancing the acidity of the urine, which it does slightly, now believed to act mostly by prevention of adhesion of bacteria to the bladder wall.
Kidney and Bladder tonics
Have a mild diuretic effect, have a general beneficial effect on the urine tract, with mild antiseptic action.
– Uva ursi, Golden Rod, Horsetail, Corn Silk.
Herbs that promote healing of mucus membranes, which surround and protect the urine tract.
– Buchu, Marshmallow, Slippery Elm, Aloe Vera.
With anti bacterial action.
– Oregon grape, Goldenseal, Juniper, Oregano Oil.
Many single homeopathic remedies can be very helpful, please see a homeopathic practitioner to find the exact one. Combination homeopathic are used with great success.
– Reneel from Heel, Berberis Homecord from Heel, L.6 Cystitis, from Homeocan.
In TCM we usually use a combination of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies. The advantage with using TCM approach is the in-depth diagnosis that is done before the herbs or Acupuncture treatment is administered. TCM diagnosis gives the practitioner a clear insight at the cause and state of the conditions. So the prescribed treatment would be individually tailored, according to the different causes and symptoms of each patient. A common condition in the body that can manifest in UTI is a condition called “Damp Heat”.
Damp is a condition in which the digestion tract is not functioning with symptoms like gas and bloating and loose stool, manifested together with heat, that comes in most cases from a deficiency of fluids in the body, a condition that is called “Yin Deficiency”.
The advantage of TCM and Acupuncture over many other natural modalities is the understanding of different conditions that leads to similar symptoms.
with TCM we can see that UTI is caused by different root causes and is treated differently according to different root causes.
Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
A general condition that referred to chronic pain and discomfort in the bladder area.
Frequent urination, urgency in urination, pain in lower abdomen area.
In my experience, IC occurs in many cases as an extension of chronic UTI, mostly women with long term UTI, that have been treated with Antibiotic drugs over long period of time, the condition turns into an inflammatory condition possibly with no evidence of bacterial infection presence. A condition of chronic inflammation of the connective tissue and the mucus protective layer of the bladder wall.
Allopathic medicine does not have a clear preferred drug for the treatment of IC. In Natural medicine we use a similar approach as in UTI. I use more of the demulcent/ soothing herbs like Mashmellow, and Slippery Elm to heal the mucus membrane in the wall of the bladder, together with mild antiseptic herbas like Uva ursi, Goldernrod Horsetail.
I recommend the use of Vit C and MSM, or Glocusamine sulfate/ Chondroitine sulfate, to help heal the connective tissue in the wall of the bladder.
Dr. Eyal Lebel is both a Dr.of TCM, Acupuncture, as well as a Master herbalist of “western herbal remedies” in Vancouver, BC.