Any part of the urinary system, such as bladder, kidneys, and urethra, can be affected, and all that problems are called urinary tract infection (UTI).
When the bladder is the only organ affected, it can be painful and annoying, but in the case when the kidneys are infected, too, then it can cause serious health problems. In fact, the women are prone more to develop UTI than men are.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of UTI?
Here are some signs and symptoms that usually occur:
– Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
– A burning feeling when you urinate
– Strange-smelling urine
– Cloudy, dark or bloody urine
– Pain in your back or lower abdomen
The usual medications that are prescribed for urinary tract infections are antibiotics. Which drugs will be prescribed and for how long the treatment lasts depends on your health condition and the type of bacteria found in your urine.
Often, symptoms clear up within a few days of treatment, but they need to be taken for a week or more. Take the entire course of antibiotics as prescribed.
As the medications have numerous side effects, many people are trying to find some alternative way how to cure UTI.
Natural Cure for Urinary Tract Infection
One of the best natural ways of treating UTI is by using fruit called Uva ursi or bearberry. It has been used medicinally since the 2nd century, primarily for urinary tract disorders, including
– Infections of the bladder, urethra, and kidney;
– Swelling (inflammation) of the urinary tract;
– Increased urination;
– Urine that contains excess uric acid or other acids;
– Painful urination;
In addition, this amazing fruit can be used for bronchitis as well as against constipation.
The researchers found that this herb fights infection and helps in reducing the inflammation. They believe that the herb best works when a person’s urine is alkaline.
The herb is easily available in supplement form at drugstores. You should start consuming it the minute you notice the first sign of infection.
How to use:
– Children should avoid completely using Uva ursi.
– The people who suffer a kidney infection, or pregnant women, should not use this herb since it is toxic when taken in high doses.
– Every time you plan to use first consult with your doctor.
The recommended adult dose is:
- Tea: Soak 3 g of dried leaves in 5 oz. of water and leave it for 12 to 24 hours and then strain it. It can be drunk hot or cold 3 to 4 times on daily basis.
This kind of herbs should be used carefully, under the supervision of a healthcare persons, as they can interact with other herbs, supplements or medications, and trigger side effects.
- The treatment with Uva ursi shouldn’t last longer than 5 days under a health care provider’s supervision. It is important to know that uva ursi shouldn’t be used more than 5 times in one year.
- It is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, people who have Crohn’s disease, people with high blood pressure, with ulcers, digestive problems, and kidney or liver disease.
Here is a list of reported side effects: nausea and vomiting, irritability, and insomnia.