Urinary System Comfort

The urinary system does more than most people realize. It plays an essential part in metabolism and is not just a way of getting rid of excess water and waste material.

Below we will address two common areas of urinary system discomfort.

Urethritis

Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, which is the tube through which urine passes out of the body. A bacterial infection is the most common cause in both men and women. Symptoms and signs include:

  • burning sensation and occasionally pain on urinating,
  • blood in the urine, and
  • sometimes a yellow discharge.

What you can do to help

Take 1 g of vitamin C daily as a natural diuretic and immune system boost.

Take a good multivitamin and mineral supplement.

Drink plenty of water to flush the system.

Eat live yoghurt or acidophilus to balance the body's bacteria. It is particularly important to take these if you have had a course of antibiotics prescribed so that the natural healthy bacteria can be re-established in the bowel.

Drink cranberry juice daily to discourage bacteria from sticking to the wall of the urethra. It modifies the urinary pH which both treats and prevents the condition.

Garlic is able to act as a natural antibiotic and can assist in the treatment of the condition.

Following defecation take care not to take bacteria from the bowel region of the body and put them near the urinary region of the body. Bacteria that are harmless in the bowel region can cause infections in the urinary tract. Females are particularly at risk.

If the condition is left untreated it can develop into cystitis.

Herbal remedies for urethritis

Herbs like those below may be used:

  • bearberry,
  • buchu,
  • couchgrass,
  • juniper berries (do not use juniper berries if there is any tendency towards a tender or inflamed kidneys),
  • yarrow.

The following mixture will be most helpful:

  • 1 part bearberry
  • 1 part couchgrass
  • 1 part yarrow

Combine the ingredients. Take 1 teaspoon of the herb blend and place into a suitable sized saucepan and pour over one cup of boiling water. Allow this to stand for 10-15 minutes. Strain out the herbs. Drink a cup of this tea hot every two hours as long as the urethritis is acute, then three times per day for a while to totally cure it.

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Cystitis

Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder. It is usually caused by a bacterial infection that enters the bladder via the urethra. More women than men suffer from this condition because the female urethra is shorter and closer to the bowel than it is for men.

The bowel is a site for many bacteria which cause no problems for the bowel but can cause an infection when these bacteria are transferred to the urinary system.

The symptoms and signs of cystitis are:

  • constant urge to pass urine,
  • painful, burning sensation when passing urine,
  • fever,
  • dull backache, and
  • cloudy or blood stained urine.

What you can do to help

Take 1g of vitamin C daily as a natural diuretic and immune system boost.

Take a good multivitamin and mineral supplement.

Drink plenty of water to flush the system.

Eat live yoghurt or acidophilus to balance the body's bacteria. It is particularly important to take these if you have had a course of antibiotics prescribed so that the natural healthy bacteria can be re-established in the bowel.

Drink cranberry juice daily which will discourage bacteria from sticking to the wall of the bladder and urinary tract. It both treats and prevents the condition.

Garlic is able to act as a natural antibiotic and can assist in the treatment of the condition.

Following defecation take care not to take bacteria from the bowel region of the body and put them near the urinary region of the body. Bacteria that are harmless in the bowel region can cause infections in the urinary tract.

If the condition is left untreated it can develop into an infection in the kidneys. It is important to avoid this.

Herbal treatment for cystitis

The herbal approach to cystitis is essentially the same as for urethritis. Herbs like those below may be used:

  • bearberry,
  • buchu,
  • couchgrass,
  • juniper berries (do not use juniper berries if there is any tendency towards a tender or inflamed kidneys),
  • yarrow.

The following mixture will be most helpful:

  • 1 part bearberry
  • 1 part couchgrass
  • 1 part yarrow

Combine the ingredients. Take 1 teaspoon of the herb blend and place into a suitable sized saucepan and pour over one cup of boiling water. Allow this to stand for 10-15 minutes. Strain out the herbs. Drink a cup of this tea hot every two hours as long as the cystitis is acute, then three times per day for a while to totally cure it.

If the burning is very strong or if there is blood in the urine then a herb to sooth the membranes, such as corn silk can be added.

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References

Duke, J. A. 2000, Anti-aging Prescriptions. Rodale.

Hoffmann, D. 2000, The New Holistic Herbal. Element Pub.

McIntyre, A. 1995, The Complete Women's Herbal. Henry Holt Reference Books

Mills, S. Y. 1989, The A-Z of Modern Herbalism: A Comprehensive Guide to Practical Herbal Therapy. Thorson.

Shaw, N. 2002, Herbalism. Element

Tyler, Y. E. 1993, The Honest Herbal: A Sensible Guide to the Use of Herbs and Related Remedies. Haworth.

Woodward, P. 2003, Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies. Hyland House.

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