Natural herbal remedies for UTIs
In the UK, urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common bacterial infection for which women consult their doctor. 50% of women experience one episode during their lives and 20- 30% of those will have a recurrent infection* – often caused by the same bacteria.
There is concern in the medical professions about the reduced effectiveness of antibiotics to treat and prevent reoccurrence of UTIs and herbal alternatives are being considered.
Our three herbal formulas are designed to target:
Herbal UTI Formula
The symptoms of a urinary tract infection are usually increased urgency and frequency of urinating. Sometimes there is tenderness above the pubic bone.
An untreated bladder infection can transfer to the kidney and cause serious infection. If you cannot find relief, visit your doctor or local herbalist.
Herbs to target infection would normally be ‘cold’ in nature, to calm the internal heat, but this formula also includes warming herbs for the pelvis and abdomen. This means it is easy on the system, supports the whole body and creates internal movement for the infection to leave.
This adaptable UTI formula can be taken either as a long term preventative – with regular breaks – or for an acute episode. For prevention, take a small dose such as one or two capsules daily and for acute use increase to 6 or 8 capsules two or three times a day.
UTI dos and don’ts
Whilst taking the formula for a UTI:
- Drink plenty of water, ideally filtered or bottled
- Urinate whenever necessary and don’t delay going to the toilet
- Drink cranberry juice without added sugar
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugar as far as possible
Herbal UTI Pregnancy Formula
During pregnancy, it actually becomes more common to experience a UTI due to changes in the urinary tract. The uterus is right above the bladder and as it grows and increases in weight, the extra pressure can prevent urine from fully draining from the bladder, which in turn creates an infection.
The herbs in this formula are specifically designed to benefit mother and baby, nourishing the blood and energy for foetal development whilst healing from infection. They are a gentle, balanced selection that are overall not too ‘cold’ but are neutral, sweet and tonifying, with a high potential for antibacterial and anti-fungal actions.
This formula is suitable for use during pregnancy and as a longer term, low dose treatment where a gentle mix is preferred. (Take 1 or 2 capsules daily as preventative).
Relieve symptoms naturally
Whilst suffering from a UTI during pregnancy:
- Drink plenty of water and urinate whenever the urge is felt
- Wear loose clothing and underwear, ideally cotton, avoiding nylon tights
- Avoid caffeine and sugar as far as possible
- Drink cranberry juice with no added sugar
- Get plenty of rest
Elderly/Immobile Herbal UTI Formula
The risk of contracting a urinary tract infection in later years remains quite high. In nursing homes, a third of all older women have an infection. They are twice as likely to be given antibiotics or to be catheterised and unfortunately both these treatments often fail and/or actually encourage reoccurrence.
This herbal formula is specifically designed to relieve a UTI in anyone who has restricted physical movement in the pelvis, which often means reduced immunity. This includes elderly people and those who may be chair or bed bound or leading an inactive, sedentary lifestyle.
The herbs not only gently address infection in the urinary tract but also – equally gently – build up the immune system. In this way, the body is encouraged to endeavour to heal itself and becomes stronger to resist future infection.
Helpful strategies whilst taking the formula:
- Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated, including chamomile tea with honey
- Cover your nose and mouth whenever your cough or sneeze
- Wash hands frequently and keep home surfaces, phone and keyboard clean
- Gargle with salt water before bed and elevate your head during the night
* McIntosh, James. “What to know about urinary tract infections.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 6 Nov. 2018. Web. 13 Aug. 2019. www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/189953.php