Cystitis is an inflammation of the lower urinary tract that affects both women and men with truly unbearable ailments.
Cystitis causes heartburn, spasms, the urge to urinate often .
The causes can be of different nature: very commonly it is of infectious origin affecting bacteria , some of which come from the intestine , such as Escherichia coli , enterococcus , klebsiella .
There is also a chronic form of cystitis , the interstitial one , due to a progressive consumption of the bladder wall, devoid of bacterial presence, which requires purely medical intervention.
Nature provides us with some valid remediesthat we can use when needed, but also to prevent the onset of this nasty disorder.
Here are the 10 most effective natural remedies for cystitis.
Those who cyclically suffer from cystitis must always have this fantastic remedy at home, D-Mannose , to be used also in prevention . It is a simple sugar extracted from larch and birch woods.
It performs a very effective mechanical function: it arrives undisturbed in the bladder without being absorbed by the intestine, attracts the bacteria to itself, engulfs them and expels them through urination . But not only!!!!
The intake of D-Mannose, also in prevention, on the one hand is able to restore the protective GAG layer of the bladder mucosaand it could be an interesting remedy for those who suffer from the interstitial form, on the other hand it counteracts the formation of protective barriers by bacteria, preventing them from nesting on the bladder walls.
The D-Mannose is eliminated together with the urine at the first urination: it is therefore important to repeat the integration several times a day.
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2. Cranberry or Cranberry
Cranberry , like D-mannose, also has a mechanical “anti-adhesive” action for bacteria on the bladder wall. It is rich in flavonoids, anthocyanosides , citric acid and malic acid, which also give this remedy soothing and disinfectant properties of the urinary tract , creating a non-stick layer and helping to restore the right acid / basic environment.
Cranberry also has an antioxidant action on LDL cholesterol components helping to limit vascular atherosclerosis, protects vessels and capillaries at the microcirculation level for the benefit of our eyes.
Bearberry , which owes its name to the fact that it is very popular with bears, is an excellent remedy for disinfecting the urinary tract. It is rich in flavonoids, tannins, arbutin.
Its action is carried out on several levels : in fact it calms the burning, relieves spasms and pains and reduces the urge to urinate . The infusion is particularly effective because in addition to increasing the amount of water we have to drink in case of cystitis, it allows arbutin , its important active ingredient, to enhance its disinfectant effects by activating with hot water.
When taking bearberry there is a change in the color of the urine, turns towards the bluish-green, do not worry, everything is restored once the intake is suspended.
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4. Sodium Bicarbonate
When cystitis is in its most acute phase it may be necessary to decrease the degree of acidity of the urine and the simplest antacid to use is sodium bicarbonate : a teaspoon dissolved in a glass of water 5 times a day is the right dose to increase the alkaline degree.
This practice seems to help to enhance the effect of the arbutin contained in the bearberry. In any case , the use of bicarbonate must not continue beyond the acute phase of the disorder because the acidic environment is necessary to protect the mucous membranes from attack by pathogens.
5. Grapefruit Seed Extract
And when antibiotics are needed because the bacterial share is really important, nature gives us the fantastic grapefruit seeds whose concentrated extract is really an effective response against strains such as E. coli, staphylococci and streptococci, salmonella , but also against fungi and viruses. .
Grapefruit seed extract is a remedy to be used also as a prevention , in the change of seasons against helicobacter pylori , before going on holiday to the sea to protect yourself from any forms of Candida Albicans and infections of the urinary tract.
The Goldenrod is a complementary remedy to the previous ones. Rich in flavonoids, tannins, saponins, it has an anti-inflammatory, astringent and diuretic action : it facilitates the rapid elimination of the bacterial load through urination.
It is also used as a component in remedies to counteract water retention, problems of hyperuricemia and gout .
7. Cherry peduncles
It is not a popular remedy to combat cystitis, perhaps a little underestimated, but in reality it is an excellent complementary element to bearberry and cranberry to purify the urinary tract. Cherry
stalks are rich in malic acid, potassium salts, flavonoids , tannins, vitamin A, vitamin C and polyphenols. It exerts a sedative action on the bladder, from spasms , but also from the continuous urge to urinate while promoting diuresis. It is also indicated in cases of kidney failure, gout, cellulite.
Mallow is a remedy rich in mucilage that exerts anti-inflammatory, soothing, restorative and protective properties of the mucous membranes . For an immediate effect, we can use the mallow decoction, as well as as an herbal tea, also as a local lavender , warmed: it helps to calm spasms, gently cleanses, anti-flames, refreshes.
Calendula is a very versatile remedy. On the market we find calendula in various formats: dried flowers for infusions, in hydroalcoholic extract, in ointment, in eggs, all excellent solutions that can act in synergy to eradicate cystitis attacks.
It has an antiseptic, antibacterial, soothing, refreshing, healing effect . Let’s use it safely in all its versions, it is also indicated for those forms of so-called “ honeymoon ” cystitis: it is able to rebalance the vaginal bacterial flora and to calm the spasms and burning of the urinary tract.
What if cystitis also affects male friends? In this case we could find ourselves facing episodes of urethritis or prostatitis , which cause burning during urination, spasms, traces of blood in the urine. An excellent broad spectrum remedy is Serenoa Repens , rich in flavonoids, tannins, anthralic acid, phytosterols.
This mix of components has an interesting antiandrogenic action : it inhibits the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme which favors the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, a stimulator of the prostate gland. Serenoa has an anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic activity on the bladder and urethra.