Cystitis: remedies and home care

Do you feel discomfort when you try to pee? A constant urge tugs, making you anxious? When you do pee, maybe stinging or burning pains make it uncomfortable? Not much comes out. You feel tired and irritable and unwell. Read on for useful remedies and home care solutions that may nip Cystitis in the bid  – and will certainly ameliorate symptoms that persist, until you see the doctor

Cystitis is caused most often by bacteria (usually E coli) that enter the bladder through the urethra. About half the women in the West experience these symptoms at some point. Sometimes friction in the urethra during sex results in honeymoon cystitis. Whatever the origin, it is best not to ignore the condition if it persists. Bladder infections can travel to the kidneys. 

Urine is often darker in colour and may contain blood.  There is a dull, dragging feeling in the lower abdomen often accompanied by restless anxiety.

Alongside the homeopathic remedies below there are several  things you can doto alleviate and even erase symptoms: 

flush out your system and restore a healthy balance in the bladder; drink tonnes of water – aim for 2.5 litres (5 pints) daily. Start with 1/2 litre (1 pint) every 20 minutes. 

Mix a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda in a glass of room temperature or warm water and drink. This restores an alkaline presence to the bladder and reduces discomfort. Repeat every three or four hours for a day or so.

Stay away from tea, coffee, alcohol and rich heavy or spicy foods.  

Ease discomfort with a hot water bottle on abdomen or between thighs. 

Avoid antibiotics until urine is tested.

Wash waterworks area with only plain water.

Boost kidney function and restore the protective lining of bladder by drinking non-sugared cranberry juice. (health food stores.)

 Consider cell tissue salts:

Ferrum Phos supports bladder muscle, decreases swelling, irritation and redness

 Kali phos, a nerve nutrient cell salt, reduces minor pains and nervous debility and boosts energy.

Waterfall D-Mannose is a supplemental form of sugar that can prevent urinary tract infections and reduce burning sensations if UTI begins. It calms the bladder and diminishes need to urinate often. It stops recurrent acute cystitis and is said perform better than antibiotics. (Sweet Cures in the UK is a reliable brand.)

Supplements:  Vitamin B complex, calcium, zinc, vitamin E and the omegas: 3, 6 and 9 found in  Evening Primrose Oil or Hemp Seed oil. 

Take daily exercise and engage in deep breathing and yoga practice 

Homeopathic Remedies:

These remedies complement conventional medical treatment for the same condition. Recommended dosage: one pill every 12 hours forup to two weeks. Reduce on improvement.  

Cantharis 30c is the most frequently indicated remedy.  Frequent and urgent need to urinate but water is passed only a little at a time.  Intense burning pain in lower abdomen, especially when urinating. Irritable, aggressive disposition. Sex drive can be strong. Often there is a cold in the bladder. 

Apis 30c  Aversion to heat (weather or drinks) and  preoccupied, jealous mind state. Indicated when patient is retaining water.  Burning, stinging feelings, occasional leaks on sneezing or coughing and frequent urging to go. 

Nat mur 30c In chronic cases where patient feels offended, bereaved. For sensitive, closed and formal persons. Headache often present. Occasional leaks when coughing, sneezing, jumping or lifting heavy things.

Pulsatilla 6c for mild-mannered, weepy, clingy people pleasers. Better for open air, worse for stuffy rooms.

Nux vom 30c Non-stop pain in bladder. Irritable disposition. Better for warm applications, (hot water bottle)  Frequent painful urging: little result. 30c

Staphysagria 6c burning sensation relieved by passing urine. Pain on urination, urging which endures.  Repressed anger can cause symptoms. Cystitis after intercourse.

Causticum 6c frequent urge worse from coughing and sneezing. Helps when urine occasionally sneaks out often unnoticed during the day or night. 

Equisetum 30c Full bladder, frequent urging, incontinence. If serious incontinence, take one pillule every day for 10 days.

HOW TO TAKE homeopathy remedies: Twenty minutes away from food or drink.  The dose (one tablet or pill) should be tipped into the cap of the vial, ideally under tongue. Dissolves without water. (One pill is sufficient per dose: frequency intensifies the effect, not number of pills taken.)

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