Home remedies for cystitis
A violent burning and painful urination, feeling of pressure and frequent urge to urinate: Many women are familiar with the typical symptoms of cystitis. Although this is very unpleasant, it can be treated well.
Some home remedies from the field of naturopathy are available to support you in order to successfully treat cystitis yourself and to prevent new infections. Most often, girls and women are affected by inflammation of the urinary tract, which is often accompanied by urinary problems, pain in the lower abdomen or fever. In the event of persistent symptoms, severe pain and visible pus or blood in the urine, a doctor should be consulted.
How does bladder infection develop?
Inflammation of the bladder (medical: cystitis) is an infection of the lower urinary tract (urethra or bladder). It is usually caused by bacteria that come from the intestine and enter the bladder through the urethra, where they trigger inflammation. Cystitis primarily affects women because the urethral opening is closer to the anus than in men. In addition, the urethra in women is shorter, making it easier for pathogens to get into the bladder from the intestine.
A weakened immune system (e.g. due to stress or medication), hormonal changes (e.g. due to pregnancy, menopause) and excessive intimate hygiene can promote infection. Likewise, frequent sexual intercourse increases the risk of inflammation, as sex causes the mucous membranes to become irritated and subsequently more susceptible to infection (“honeymoon cystitis”).
Typical symptoms of acute cystitis are constant urge to urinate and frequent urination, with only a few drops of urine being excreted each time you go to the toilet. This is accompanied by a strong burning and stinging. Since the urinary bladder contracts like a spasm during urination, lower abdominal pain usually occurs, as well as clouding or blood in the urine.
If the inflammation spreads to the kidneys or the prostate, further complaints such as fever and back or flank pain may also occur. Cystitis is very uncomfortable, but harmless and usually heals after a few days with timely treatment. If complications occur, however, the pathogens can spread to other organs and, for example, trigger inflammation of the kidney. In very rare cases, kidney failure or blood poisoning (sepsis) can occur.
Tips for preventing bladder infections
To prevent bladder infections, a lot should be drunk to flush bacteria out of the urinary tract. Synthetic fiber underwear and panty liners promote the multiplication of germs as well as mucous membrane irritating soaps and intimate sprays. Avoid “wiping” after the bowel movement towards the vagina and suppressing the urge to urinate.
Because of their increased susceptibility to cystitis, women should go to the toilet promptly after each sexual intercourse and flush the genital area with water. Especially after anal or oral sex, it is advisable to protect yourself with condoms during subsequent vaginal intercourse. Women who get bladder infections quickly should also avoid certain contraceptives, such as diaphragms, as these can promote inflammation.
During the period, it is recommended to use tampons instead of pads. Because as soon as they are no longer dry, a moist environment is created in which bacteria multiply particularly quickly. It is generally good to let air in to the genital area as often as possible, for example by sleeping at night without pants or panties. Even in warm temperatures, it is important not to stay in a wet bikini or swimsuit after bathing.
Sitting on cold or wet (stone) floors should be avoided at all costs. When the bladder infection begins, take warming measures, such as a hot water bottle and bed rest. A low-salt and irritant diet without spices is recommended for nutrition.
Which herbs help with cystitis?
Herbs with antibacterial or diuretic properties are particularly suitable for treating cystitis.
Bearberry leaves counteract germs and inflammation, especially in the area of the bladder and urinary tract. Milled to a fine powder in a mortar (2-3 teaspoons full), the dried bearberry leaves mixed with honey can be spread on a wafer and taken in the morning and evening. You can also prepare the leaves as tea by simmering a handful in 1 liter of water for 10 minutes. You drink two to three cups a day for a few days.An infusion from:
- 10 grams of bearberry leaves,
- 10 grams of Gundermann,
- 10 grams honorary award,
- five grams of rose hips,
- five grams of knotweed
- and five grams of linseed
Using hot water has been shown to accelerate the healing of the bladder infection.
juniper has kidney-irritating and strongly diuretic properties and is therefore used for "flushing" with bacterial infections in the bladder and urinary tract. A juniper berry cure lasts 42 days, with the dose increasing by one berry in the first 14 days "creeping in", then remaining for 14 days and decreasing "creeping" again from the 15th day. So on the first day a berry is chewed and swallowed, on the second day two berries, on the third day three berries, until 14 berries for 14 days from day 14 Every day be chewed. Then on the 29th day 13, on the 30th day 12, on the 31st day 11 juniper berries are taken until the treatment with the last juniper berry is finally ended on the 42nd day. Drink enough water.
Rising hip bath with inflamed bladder
As an old home remedy from naturopathy, an increasing hip bath with an inflamed bladder is helpful, especially if an infusion of tin herb is added to the water. For this application in the field of hydrotherapy, a seat tub, a kitchen or water thermometer, a warm blanket and a large linen cloth are required. For the herb extract, boil two handfuls of dried horsetail herb in a liter of water for about five minutes and then strain the liquid.
In stockings and warm slippers, you sit in a hip bath up to your hips and cover your legs with a blanket. To the water, which is supposed to have a temperature of 36 ° C at the beginning, first add the herb extract and then slowly add hot water until the temperature reaches 41 ° C. After 30 minutes of bathing, you dry yourself properly and wrap yourself in the linen towel. That is why the warm blanket is wrapped and rested for two hours.
The rubbing bath after Luis Kuhne
The Kuhne rubbing bath (also: Kuhnisches Reibebad) is suitable for women and is recommended for cystitis, kidney infection and childlessness. To do this, cold water is placed in a bowl or tub and a linen cloth is soaked in it. The woman, whose body is warmly clad to the abdomen, dabs the vagina with the cold-damp cloth for two to three minutes, dries off and stays warm. Warning: The first urination after use is often felt to be burning. The rubbing bath should be carried out 2-3 times a week.
For frequently recurring or chronic complaints, diagnostic and naturopathic methods are also available in naturopathic practices, with which deeper causes, which are often behind the bladder infection, can be illuminated and treated.
Homeopathy and student salts for cystitis
Homeopathy also offers various remedies that can help with acute cystitis. For example, Okoubaka D3 (black African bark tree) has proven successful, of which adults usually take five globules (children three) three times a day for three to four weeks. Cantharis (Spanish fly) is ideal for severe burning during and after urination, painful urine droplets, and increased urge to urinate.
If the patient feels severe pressure and bladder pain, only loses a few drops of urine when using the toilet and experiences the urge to urinate worse in the cold, Nux vomica D12 can also be the method of choice - especially when he feels tense, irritated and upset. If the pain at the end of urination is particularly severe, the urine only goes off when standing and at the same time there is an increased sensitivity to cold, Sarsaparilla is often recommended in homeopathy. This remedy is used above all if the symptoms appear after the patient has cooled down or got wet.
Pulsatilla is also proven in homeopathy if the disease has developed after cooling down and getting wet. Berberis, however, is said to have a good effect in the case of severe burning pain in the bladder with radiation in the lower back and upper thighs.
Schüßler salts are also well suited for the treatment of acute cystitis. Here it is recommended - after consultation with a doctor - to take salts No. 3 (Ferrum phosphoricum) and No. 9 (sodium phosphoricum) alternately every half hour for the first symptoms. From the second day, the funds are then taken four to five times a day. Other salts that can be considered in cases of bladder infection include potassium chloratum (No. 4) and sodium sulfuricum (No. 10). Salt 11 (Silicea) can help with chronic symptoms. (jvs, nr)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Jeanette Viñals Stein, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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