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Bladder Infections

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Bladder infections, also known as urinary tract infections (UTI) is an encroachment by the bacteria in the urinary tract which includes the urethra, bladder, ureters, and the kidney. This can be very painful and if not contained or eliminated in the early stages it can reach the kidneys thus making it very serious.

The infection can infect anyone, women in particular, and can develop into cystitis which is also very common in women.

Some common symptoms include:

-The need to go all the time

-Burning sensation while urinating

-Signs of blood seen in urine

-Fever and vomiting in conjunction with the above symptoms is a sure sign of a bladder infection, or UTI.

Some of the main causes are:

-Bacteria from the digestive tract holds on to the opening of the urethra

-Sexual intercourse can be a cause, due to the bacteria in the vagina being pushed back to the urethra

-Waiting to long to urinate, causing the bladder to stretch which does not allow the complete load of urine to be released when urinating. The remaining urine can cause a bladder infection.

Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 8-10 ounces of water can really help a bladder infection. The baking soda helps balance the acidity of the entire tract.

Fluids

When someone has a bladder infection the importance of urinating is high on the list. Even though it burns one should drink a lot of water thus releasing more urine and helping to cleanse the urinary tract. We recommend drinking a lot of water and eliminating completely all other liquids with the exception of PURE (no sugar or additives) cranberry juice.

Tincture

In smaller cases try 1/2 teaspoon of tincture every hour. Severe infections need a stronger remedy, but this can be used in the first stages and might even take care of it.

To make a tincture:

Blend equal parts of pipsissewa, bucha, echinacea, and uva ursi tinctures.

We also recommend consuming a soothing tea like marshmallow root to help counter the strong antiseptic effect of the urva ursi. 

Berry Juice

We recommend consuming fresh berry juice daily to prevent infections, women especially.

Vitamin C

It is evident that when sick one should take more vitamin C, this is true because the immune system gets a nice boost from the vitamin C. However the vitamin C in the case of a bladder infection is also beneficial in eliminating the infection because of the alkaline qualities of the vitamin.

When the body gets a bladder infection that area is very acidic, with vitamin C and other alkaline fruits the infection cannot survive. 

Reflexology

We love reflexology and know that it can help almost every ailment. For bladder infections it is especially beneficial. Make sure the reflexologist works on the bladder and kidney points.

Dress Appropriate

Wear cotton clothing and be sure it is loose fitting and breathable. With tight fitting clothing the infection can grow worse. 

Last modified on Friday, 28 May 2010 21:34

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