At least one out of every five women will experience the pain and discomfort of bladder infections, at least once a year and for those who have, that familiar burning sensation and continuous urge to urinate sends most women hightailing it to the doctor’s office. But there is an alternative approach. A viable one. A well prescribed homeopathic remedy can result in complete resolution of symptoms. It is important to begin homeopathic treatment as quickly as possible and to consult your doctor if you experience any back pain with symtoms of a bladder infection. Below are the most commonly indicated homeopathic remedies for bladder infections (cystitis).
Cantharis is the most popular remedy for bladder infections and works well when pain is the guiding symptom. The person may feel frenzied, experiencing intense urging but able to pass only a few drops of urine.
Nux vomica (Colubrina) is ideal when frequent urging is the primary symptom. Besides the typical pain when passing urine, the urge is never fully satisfied. People who need this remedy are typically sensitive to anger or are easily chilled.
Pulsatilla is another common remedy for bladder infections when the pain occurs with the urge to urinate, or the pain comes and goes. Choose this remedy if the infection began after getting the feet wet and cold. People who need Pulsatilla often feel better when someone looks after them and they may be weepy.
Sarsaparilla is useful when the primary symptom is burning pain that occurs with the last drops of urination. Choose this remedy only if this symptom is prominent and other remedies do not fit.
Use herbs if symptoms are too vague to guide the choice of a remedy. Many herbal combinations are available in tincture, tea, or tablet form. Teas encourage liquid intake, which is vital during a bladder infection. In fact, be sure to drink a minimum of two litres of tea or water daily. Cranberry and blueberry juices are also popular, but beware of those loaded with sugar, since sugar promotes bacterial growth. D-Mannose powder has also proven to be highly efffective at preventing recurring urinary tract infections.
Always consult with a Registered Homeopath before starting homeopathic treatment. Visit www.collegeofhomeopaths.on.ca to find a registered homeopath