The alarming rate by which urinary tract infections now recur is said to be an indication that the E coli bacteria among many others, has gained resistance against the curing effects of the antibiotic medications.
Certain environmental factors are said to contribute to this condition, in addition to the fact that some UTI sufferers resort to self-medication without properly following the procedures for antibiotic treatments.
Hence, UTI natural remedies gained more favor over the antibiotic treatments since more and more UTI sufferers realized better results in using natural forms of medications.
Most UTI natural remedies involve the process of detoxification and there are three ways to effectively detoxify your urinary tract system:
Detoxify your urinary tract by drinking at least six to eight glasses of water everyday. The only way we can get rid of the bacteria is by flushing them out. One of the symptoms of UTI is frequent urination and the urge to urinate even if the bladder has no more urine to discharge.
Thus, it is important for us to keep our body supplied with sufficient amounts of water to prevent dehydration. On top of that, the urine becomes more soluble and will allow us to discharge urine better. The more urine flowing out of our urethra, the more bacteria will be washed out of our excretory system.
2. Cranberry Juice
If you tend to get tired of the tastelessness of water, you can drink cranberry juice in between. Cranberry is said to be highly potent against the E Coli bacteria. It has proanthocyanidin which has an anti-adherence effect against the microbes or bacteria.
The microbes are prevented from attaching themselves to the walls of the urethra due to the proanthocyanidin contents of the cranberry juice. However, you can only drink about three glasses of a cranberry concoction a day because too much of it can result to diarrhea.
3. Natural Herbs
You can also choose from natural herbs that are proven effective as UTI natural remedies. A licensed naturopathic physician can give you advice as to the best herbal medicines to take and best dosage amount to take them.
An example would be the Goldenseal root, which is said to have a well-documented history of being effective as antibacterial agent. Some people would prefer to drink it in tea form by mixing about one teaspoon of dried goldenseal herb in a cup of hot water. Another way is to ingest it as tincture by mixing about 1 to 2 teaspoons of its extract in a cup of warm water.
Another herbal remedy is the uva ursi, which acts as an antiseptic and also taken in tea form by mixing two teaspoons of dry herb in a cup of warm water. Uva ursi herbs however have potential side effects because it is absorbed by the intestine and has been known to cause liver damage. Hence, take only the dosage recommended by the naturopathic physician.
Other herbs recommended as UTI natural remedies and also ingested in tea form are cleavers or galium aparine, buchu, corn silk and horsetail. The marshmallow root though is prepared differently; the herb has to be soaked in cold water for several hours before straining and drinking the soaking solution.
Remember to consult your doctor before taking other forms of UTI natural remedies as your treatment. Proper medications are still based on a thorough analysis of the type of bacteria that has infected your urinary tract. This will be your doctor’s basis in prescribing the most suitable treatment.