There are many women suffering from cystitis. Situations like pregnancy or inadequate nutrition are just two of many causes. In this article we propose some natural remedies to prevent and treat cystitis effectively and quickly without having to resort to traditional medications.
The cystitis is in the form occasional or recurring. The latter is the most difficult to eliminate because it presents a chronicity and a continuity whose solution is found only by eradicating the causes responsible for the infection.
The cystitis is an infection of bacterial type whose head is the ‘Escherichia coli (gram negative bacterium) that affects the lower urinary tract, inflaming the lining of the bladder. Women are the most affected, but it has been found that cystitis, albeit in a reduced percentage, is also present in men who reveal problems related to the prostate.
The symptoms of cystitis are quite annoying. The arrival of the infection is in fact announced by the need to urinate frequently but with the expulsion of urine volume lower than normal and accompanied by burning or pain during urination. Sometimes blood or pus may appear in the urine.
A diet that does not guarantee essential nutrients to the body, a superficial but also excessive hygiene (that modifies the ph), unprotected sexual relations, internal tampons, the use of drugs or antibiotics and the use of too tight clothes (pants and briefs) or synthetic fabric are among the main causes of cystitis that favor the appearance. Even a weakened immune system makes the body more vulnerable and easily attacked by bacteria.
10 remedies to defeat cystitis
1) Drinking a lot helps against cystitis
Women who suffer from cystitis are those who generally drink little. In this case the intake of liquids should be increased by drinking at least two liters of water a day. At the first signs of burning, this is the first thing you should do. It is also advisable to add the lemon-squeezed juice to the water to drink during the day.
2) Lactic ferments
After each cycle of antibiotics or other drugs, it is good to take lactic ferments associated with B vitamins. The most suitable ferments belong to the strain of the acidophiles . Method of administration: in the morning on a fast.
3) Appropriate supply for cystitis
A healthy and natural diet provides for the balanced distribution of fiber, vitamins, essential fatty acids and complex carbohydrates at every meal. So green light to fruit and vegetables to fill up with vitamins and minerals. There are some plants that promote diuresis and help prevent cystitis or reduce inflammation if already present.
We talk about asparagus, parsley, celery and fennel. Even nettle is excellent because it restores the minerals lost with diuresis. The nettle is cooked or drinks infused (two spoonfuls of dried leaves per cup) during the day, several times.
Ingredients for two people
A bunch of nettles collected in the meadows or bought in local markets. A quarter of small fennel, two fresh eggs, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, spices and aromatic herbs to taste.
- After washing and cleaning the vegetables and nettles, boil the fennel and cut into thin slices with the mandolin.
- Towards the end of cooking, add and blanch the fennel leaves with a knife or half-moon together with the fennel.
- Beat the eggs in a separate bowl with a little olive oil, add the vegetables and flavor to the mixture.
- Put everything in a non-stick pan. Cook for a few minutes and turn the omelette on the other side for a few minutes.
- You eat hot or cold accompanied by a dish of seasonal vegetables.
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4) Stabilize the Ph
Medications and disordered feeding, can alter the PH of the mucous membranes. This condition favors the entry of bacteria responsible for cystitis. The use of bicarbonate can bring the PH values back into the ranges.
Do this: fill a teaspoon of pure sodium bicarbonate in half a glass of water. Mix and drink at least three or four glasses during the day. This remedy is useful for relieving the symptoms of cystitis in a short time by reducing inflammation. Contraindications : people suffering from high blood pressure or having heart problems should consult a doctor before using it.
5) Grapefruit seeds against cystitis
The grapefruit with its seeds, is the best known natural remedy for traditional combat cystitis. Its antibiotic action proves to be a winning and decisive weapon in preventing the formation of bacteria. But not only that, grapefruit seeds also have a draining and disinfecting action, therefore very suitable to overcome the annoying cystitis. In critical periods it is a valid estimate. Fasting 15 or 30 drops diluted in water (or fruit juice) are sufficient. Contraindications: use in pregnancy is not recommended. It can also interact with numerous drugs and antibiotic therapies. If you are taking medication, consult your doctor before use.
6) Infusion of mallow
The mallow is a remedy green useful in case of cystitis because it acts through disinfiammante and soothing, emollient and soothing. Mallow flowers and fresh leaves are used. To obtain the decoction, boil the leaves and flowers for a few minutes and let stand five minutes before filtering and drinking two or three times a day. If you use dried mallow, available in herbal medicine, you can proceed with the preparation of herbal tea in a classic way. The amount of mallow needed for the preparation of the tea and the decoction is two teaspoons per cup.
Intimate washing with chamomile favors the disappearance of cystitis and relieves its symptoms. Chamomile has an antibiotic and calming action.
How to use : Combine with 50 grams of chamomile flowers, a couple of cloves of fresh garlic. After boiling enough water to fill a bidet or basin, add and leave the flowers and garlic to infuse for ten minutes. Wash the night before going to bed.
8) Cranberry and cystitis
The cranberry (vaccinium vitis idaea) or cramberry is especially useful in the prevention of cystitis . The disinfectant, purifying and antiseptic action is carried out by drinking the sugar-free juice daily for at least twenty days. A more immediate and strong action is obtained with the blueberry maceration (available in herbal medicine) to be taken in the morning and in the evening. The dosage is generally that of 50 drops twice a day. Contraindications : it is not recommended in case of gastric and intestinal sensitivity.
9) Bearberry: an excellent remedy against cystitis
The bearberry is another of the most used and effective remedies to combat cystitis and inflammation of the lower urinary tract. It is used in the form of glyceric macerate, together or alternated with cranberry to enhance its effects. Also in this case it is preferable to take fifty drops twice a day (morning and evening). Contraindications in pregnancy, lactation, sensitivity to salicylic acid and severe kidney problems.
10) Echinacea for cystitis
Echinacea is an immunostimulant and helps the body to be stronger against bacteria. A cure made at the change of season has a good preventive effect not only against cystitis but also towards all bacterial infections in general and those of the urogenital apparatus. Its active ingredient is echinacoside. There are many studies that confirm its effectiveness. The most used formulation is mother tincture. Dosage : from thirty up to fifty drops three times a day. Contraindications : it is contraindicated in case of autoimmune diseases.
As always, prevention and diet play an important role in the fight against annoying cystitis. The winning weapon is once again linked to a healthy lifestyle trying to remove stress and all those habits and sanitary rules that can weaken the immune system and promote the attack in the organism by bacteria. In this case, outdoor activities and good preventive care based on Echinacea can help us to become stronger and more reactive to many diseases including cystitis.