||If you have a urinary tract infection, or get them frequently,
you may be prescribed antibiotics. Antibiotics are great,
and important, especially because an improperly treated UTI
can lead to a kidney infection, which is very serious - it
can even create chronic and life-threatening kidney problems.
I'm going to present you with a more than one Home Remedy UTI
- first we'll talk diet and western herbs, and then I'll tell
you about a Chinese medicine Home Remedy UTI that you probably
haven't heard of.
Dietary Home Remedy UTI Options:
- Reduce your sugar intake - there is evidence that sugar can
reduce the effectiveness of the immune response.
- Reduce your intake of carbonated beverages - In one adult
study the use of carbonated beverages was associated with more
than twice the risk of developing UTIs.
- A vegetarian diet reduces the growth of certain bacteria in
Herbal Home Remedy UTI Options:
- Cranberry juice or its extract can prevent the adherence of
bacteria to the bladder and reduce how many urinary tract infections
you get. Drink one cup per 60 pounds of body weight daily. For
those who don't like cranberry juice, or would rather avoid
the sugar, there are concentrated cranberry extracts available
in capsule form.
- Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), an immune stimulant which
also has some antibacterial properties, can be s helpful Home
Remedy UTI. A typical dose in children is 125 milligrams per
60 pounds of body weight three times daily of an extract standardized
to 8% alkaloid.
- Uva-Ursi (Arctostaphylus) has a mild diuretic effect and antibacterial
properties, which may be helpful in urinary tract infections.
A reasonable dosage in children is 125 milligrams per 60 pounds
of body weight three times daily of an extract standardized
to 10% arbutin.
Nutritional Supplement Home Remedy UTI Options:
- Digestive enzymes may help break down the proteins that allow
bacteria to adhere to the bladder.
- Mannose inhibits bacterial adherence.
- Probiotics ("friendly bacteria" like lactobacillus)
displace the bacteria which are likely to cause UTIs and thus
can help prevent UTIs (6,12,13). A reasonable dosage in children
is 500 milligrams per fifty pounds of body weight twice daily.
Chinese Herbal Home Remedy UTI:
The traditional remedy here is ba zheng san, also known
as the 8 Rectification Powder, and Dianthus Formula.
It contains 8 herbs (surprise, surprise): talcum (hua shi), dianthus
(qu mai), akebia (mu tong), polygonum (bian xu), juncus (deng
xin cao), gardenia (zhi zi), plantago (che qian zi), and licorice
Altogether, they restore the bladder to its normal, unblocked,
It's traditionally indicated for these symptoms: fever, abdominal
pain, small amounts of dark burning urination, dry mouth, and
thirst. It shouldn't be used long-term, because it can cause light-headedness,
palpitations, and reduced appetite. Do not take if pregnant.
For more information on the Dianthus Formula, click
"Food Cure" Home Remedy UTI:
The following are suggestions from Chinese medicine's tradition
of "food cures."
For urinary tract infection, Dr. Henry Lu suggests watermelon,
cucumber, mung bean, and radish.
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