Updated: Apr 7, 2020
Bladder infection conditions occur more often in women, due to anatomical differences. In middle-aged men, however, a swollen prostate is the typical cause for urinary retention and infection. See the home remedies bladder infection in this page below. Underlying causes include nutritional deficiencies and immune susceptibility, as well as the more obvious irritations from intercourse, tight clothing, spices, coffee, tea, medicines, alcohol or high sugar in the urine. Food allergies may be a significant factor, especially in children. The term UTI includes bladder irritation, as well as infection caused by various microorganisms.
Herbs for the urinary tract infection generally have diuretic effects, to flush out infection and inflammation by-products. Many are also antimicrobial, either destroying microorganisms or stimulating the body to do so. Along with quelling inflammation, other plants help heal irritated mucus membrane linings of the bladder, urethra and ureter, and the kidney tubules.
In most cases, simple bladder infection can be easily and effectively dealt with using the herbs below. In cases where antibiotic resistant bacteria are involved, or where no bacteria are detected, as in interstitial cystitis, herbs become even more important and uniquely effective.
List of Home remedies for bladder Infection
Buchu**—Agathosma or Barosma betulina: A diuretic and urinary antiseptic for cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis. Tones the urinary tract and helps prevent stones; treats bedwetting. Helpful for prostate enlargement and resulting bladder infections.
Corn Silk**—Zea mays: A soothing diuretic for irritation of the bladder, urethra and prostate. Relieves urinary tract inflammation and bedwetting in children. Effective for difficult and scant urination, cystitis and kidney stones.
Couchgrass*—Agropyron repens: A soothing urinary demulcent, useful for infection or inflammation of the prostate, urethra or bladder. Useful in kidney stone and gravel.
Cranberry***—Vacciniurn macrocarpon: Reduces bacteria and prevents them from adhering to the bladder walls. Can be taken as a preventive in people with recurring infections. Safe and effective during pregnancy, for children and the elderly. Mildly acidifies the urine, eliminating alkaline bacteria, (i.e. E. coli). Reduces effectiveness of uva ursi; should not be used together.
Goldenrod**—Solidago virgaurea: Diuretic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects for cystitis, urethritis. Pain-relieving and antifungal, tones the bladder, soothes irritation. Safe and mild action; does not deplete body's electrolytes/potassium.
Goldenseal***—Hydrastis canadensis: Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial; destroys many types of bacteria. Especially effective for chronic cystitis or stubborn urinary mucus. Healing effect on bladder linings, stops bleeding, heals ulcerations.
Gravel Root—Joe Pye Weed/Eupatorium purpureum: For bedwetting in kids with bad dreams, hold their urine in too long. For irritable bladder with frequent desire, always feels full, uneasy. For incontinence in women, old age, children, enlarged prostate.
Horsetail**—Equisetum arvense: Acute urinary tract infection; safe during pregnancy or weakened states. For bed-wetting or enuresis in children or weak bladder in the elderly. Diuretic effects, but does not deplete the body of salts or electrolytes.
Juniper Berry*—Juniperus communis: A powerful diuretic, antispasmodic and strong antibiotic for cystitis. Must not be used for prolonged periods or in kidney infections.
Marshmallow***—Althea officinalis: A soothing demulcent to the lining of the urinary tract. Use for acute inflammation, typical of bladder infections. Decreases inflammation in the respiratory, digestive or urinary tract.
Parsley Root*—Petroselinum crispum: Diuretic effects for cystitis, kidney stones. Soothes burning, itching, crawling in the urethra. Avoid in kidney disease or pregnancy. Helps symptoms of pain, frequent desire, urging, mucus discharges.
Sarsaparilla***—Smilax officinalis: For cystitis, kidney infections, bladder stones, kidney colic, bedwetting. " A blood purifier that is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory; controls itching. Diuretic. Rheumatic or skin problems (psoriasis) with urinary irritation.
Uva ursi***—Arctostaphylos uva ursi: Urinary disinfectant and antiseptic, effective for many types of bacteria. " Diuretic and astringent for chronic and acute urinary problems. " Avoid acidic foods—and cranberry—which decrease its effectiveness.
Yarrow**—Achillea millefolium: Increases urination, has antimicrobial effects, stops bleeding. Anti-inflammatory properties, while soothing bladder spasms. Tones the urinary tract and acts as a mild pain reliever in infections.
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