Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Alka Seltzer
- Alkaline Diet
- Antibiotics, Cranberry Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cranberry
- Apple Cider Vinegar, D-Mannose
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger Root Tablets
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Uva Ursi
- Avoid Alcohol, Drink Water
- Avoid Garlic and Citrus Avoid Backlighting Computer Monitors
- Avoid Spermicides
- Baking Soda
- Ball Stretch
- Bladder Infection Causes
- Chinese Herbs
- Citric Acid Supplements
- Club Soda
- Coconut Milk
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Cornsilk and Shave Grass Teas
- D-Mannose, Garlic, Alkaline Pills
- Dandelion Tea and Oregano Oil
- Dietary Changes
- General Feedback
- Golden Seal and Echinachea
- Goldenseal and Echinachea
- Grape Leaf Pickles
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Grapeseed Extract
- Group B Strep
- Hematuria Remedies
- Herbal Tea
- Himalayan Salt
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hygienic Practices
- Lime Juice for UTI Prevention
- Link to Drinking City Water
- Marshmallow Root Extract
- Multiple Remedies
- Olive Leaf
- Olive Leaf, Turmeric
- Oregano Oil
- Pilates and Chiropractic Treatments
- Plantain Tea
- Probiotic Suppository
- Remedies Needed
- Rock Salt
- Sea Salt
- Sea Salt, Baking Soda and Cranberry Pills
- Ted's Remedies
- Treat According to Your Urinary Ph
- Urinate After Sex
- Uva Ursi
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Water With Lime and Lemon
- Watermelon Seed Tea
- Watermelon, Baking Soda, Azo
- White Vinegar
[YEA] 03/25/2013: Kimberly from Boston, Ma, Usa: "What a wonderful website! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Earth clinic. I have suffered from severe uti's for years. Unfortunately, I'm one of the people who is asymptomatic until the infection is quite severe. It begins with urgency and discomfort while urinating and progresses within..."
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Bladder Infection Causes
[SIDE EFFECTS] 06/09/2008: Suzi from Lolo, Montana: "Bladder Infections---for Ladies Only:
My very first infection occured on my honeymoon in 1975! The doctor seemed to be condesending and diagnosed "honeymoon cystitis". I was frightened and miserable. The antibiotics did the trick. 30 years later and quite literally, 17 trips to the emergency roomlater, plus at least 3 courses of meds a year(do the math)...I have been UTI free for over a YEAR!!! I continue to be sexually active with my husband and this is the not so simple "light bulb moment for me"!!!
Last year when my husband was gone for 3 months, I felt an infection coming on and was dazed and confused since it had been MANY months since we were intimate. The only thing I could detect that I was doing different was taking over- the counter sleeping medication(Unisom) for sleeplessness! So while the infection was clearing up I started to connect every single episode of UTI's to those darn sleeping pills.
When we would go on vacation----pills, camping--pills, honeymoon---pills, insomnia---pills! FOR THIRTY YEARS! I have had NO infections now since early 2007 and nothing has changed in the intimacy department. In fact just the freedom alone has increased our frequency! It boggles my mind to think about all the damaging courses of differnt antibiotics that my body has endured. So young or old, if you are dealing with cystitis, and use Unisom, or Compoz, or any of those sleeping pills at the drug store, etc....you may very well have the connection that I do. Just what it is in the sleeping pills that triggers bladder infections I don't know---------but I'm positive they are the culprit! "
[YEA] 04/23/2007: Kim from East Alton, IL: "I have tried Azo, lemon, cranberry, and alka seltzer all as natural remedies for my uti's. Blueberries seem to work best for me. I have had them since childhood and fought one off recently by blueberries and water, water, water."
[YEA] 11/29/2008: K from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "Just thought I would let everyone in on my long history of UTI's. I have had them since I was 10 months old and I am now 23. There is these herbal vitamins that I picked up from the china town herbal store and I SWEAR by them!!! U take 5 .. 3 times a day with hot water and it goes away instantly. I would write the name of them but Its in chinese. I will look it up and get back to you all.. also I read some peoples stories about getting yeast infections, and I have never had one in my entire life so you might want to switch your medication. I also asked my doctor for 3X the amount of medications so that I can start taking them right away when my UTI is really intense. We all know how they feel OUCH! Also try taking warm baths!"Replies
09/11/2012: Bour0245 from Greenwood, Nova Scotia replies: "I was wondering if you could tell me the name of the chinese capsules or tell me the name of the store you got them from."
[YEA] 08/31/2010: Jim from Bellingham, Wa: "Cinnamon as a curative for UTI (urinary tract infections). Use/mix with toast or small yogurt. Stumbled on this when researching the topic of UTI's. So my wife gave it a try and... Bingo. Situation solved. Now a regular part of her diet. Also, when our female dog was passing blood the vet. wanted to schedule an operation he thought things were so bad. Took her home and just thought before we brought her back we would give her some yogurt with cinnamon. Next day urine looked perfect and brought the vet a sample. He was in disbelief as she tested normal. We've told many people about this as it is easy, cheap and really works. So for people and pets try it. Just a teaspoon seems to do it. We give it daily to our pets for years and never a problem since. Hope this post helps someone."Replies
09/01/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Sounds great but do read about the side effects of cinnamon on this site! I was quite surprised to find out that cinnamon is not completely safe. I do have bladder infections once in a while but I wouldn't take it on a regular basis! "
Citric Acid Supplements
04/22/2013: Megan from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada: "Wondering. Have any of you ladies tried magnesium citrate or calcium citrate to help treat this? How did it work for you? How much did you take? I just read that one theory is that oxalate in your diet builds up and when excreted in urine it may cause pain/irritation/discomfort over time and that these supplements inhibit the growth of oxalate crystals. Any thoughts? Anyone tried? I've put myself on so much stuff it's getting expensive any advice would be good. Thanks!!!!"
[YEA] 08/09/2009: Doc Sheila from Toronto, Canada: "Club Soda cure, I have been using ordinary club soda for many years now for urinary infection, burning sensation on urination and also constipation. I am a homeopath and I suggest this remedy to my clients it work magic each time.
On reading the ingredients in club soda I notice that the main ingredient is sodium bicarbonate,sodium citrate, potassium sulphate( potassium sulphate is known as Kali sulp) a homeopathic tissue salt for urinary infection detox and diabetes,other ingredients
they also add carbonated water for the fizz. Try two eight ounce glass daily, you may add lemon for addition flavour.
Please let me know if other individuals have this experience."Replies
08/10/2009: Tricia from Ireland replies: "I hadn't heard of club soda for uti's but it is an age old remedy here in ireland for heartburn. (Thanks to Ted, now I know why it works) I discovered it when I was pregnant and afraid to try any other medications or remedies in case I hurt my baby. This stuff was a godsend. It is essentially the same as teds recipe with added carbonated water. Teds remedy works out an awful lot cheaper though.
Another one that I used when I was pregnant was club tonic water for leg and foot cramps. It contains quinine and seemimgly this is what a doctor will give you in tablet form for this ailment anyway."
10/08/2011: Carolyn from Sacramento, Ca replies: "I am currently taking D-mannose for a recurrance of a UTI after Cipro (some surprise right! ). Is it ok to take baking soda and water or club soda while still on the D-Mannose? I know that D-Mannose works by making the e-coli stick to the d-mannose molecules and then flush out in urination. I think that baking soda, club soda, and lemon juice all work because they make the urine alkaline. Does that interfere with D-Mannose? Interesting that Uva Ursi only works in alkaline urine. I thought that getting your urine alkaline was what cured the UTI. I'm confused!"
[YEA] 03/25/2013: Kimberly from Boston, Ma, Usa: "What a wonderful website! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Earth clinic.
I have suffered from severe uti's for years. Unfortunately, I'm one of the people who is asymptomatic until the infection is quite severe. It begins with urgency and discomfort while urinating and progresses within a couple of hours to bright red urine and extreme pain. This has caused several emergency room visits over the years and a lot of antibiotics. I have tried cranberry juice, the supplements and cranberry extract, however, none of these worked for me.
Last night when I, once again, woke up with symptoms, I was already calculating if I could hold out the six hours until my doctor's office opened in the morning. Because I was unable to sleep at all(visiting the bathroom every 10 mins), I began to peruse the web and came across this site where I read about others who had cured severe uti's with coconut oil and coconut milk. Desperate to avoid another emergency room visit, I went to the 24-hour supermarket. They didn't have coconut oil, but they did have coconut milk. I bought the full fat one thinking there would be more oil in that. At home I added ice and chugged one can down around 2am. Within an hour I began to feel the symptoms letting up. I fell asleep and when I woke up at 8am the symptoms were all but gone. I drank another can today and lots of fluids, but I am feeling fine: no fever, no pain, no urgency, nothing! I will probably continue to drink the coconut milk for a couple more days to make sure it doesn't come back.
I am truly amazed. It feels like a miracle."
[YEA] 11/07/2007: annie from London, uk: "I had a severe urine infection.I was going to he bathroom every 10 mins But found the cures within hours of drinking coconut milk. It is available from fresh coconuts but also in cans and cartons. A friend of mine's infection spread to the kidneys and had to be referred to hospital as the antibiotics were not helping and she was in severe pain. I recommended her this treatment within 3 days she was cured. She drank a glass of the coconut milk 5/6 times a day. Her tests showed the infection was completely gone and the kidneys were clear and healthy !"Replies
[YEA] 12/06/2009: London from Sandusky, Ohio replies: "Absolutely.
Coconut milk does appear to work for a bladder infection, or UTI.
Ever since I had my daughter 4 years ago, I get chronic bladder infections, I'm prone to them. I get one about every six months. I've tried everything from the over the counter medications to cranberry supplements, syrups, and juices, Uva Ursi(which has worked for me a couple of times), and Apple cider vinegar(which is sometimes effective at getting rid of minor bladder infections in the early stages).
Last year, it went to my kidneys, and I became very ill. I had a full blown kidney infection. At that time I was on the apple cider vinegar trip, ( I was stubborn, my Mom kept telling me to just go to the doctor and get antibiotics, and I didn't listen till the last minute)and that did nothing for my kidney/bladder infection. When I finnaly broke down and went, they put me on STRONG antibiotics I was amazed at how effective they were at curing me, and within a week, my infection was gone, but then I got the worst yeast infection I've ever had in my life, and so I spent another week battling that, LOL!!!
Sometimes you need to break down and get antibiotics.
However...this time, although I did not have a kidney infection, just a bladder infection, and the antibiotics they put me on, weren't as strong, they really weren't working for me and I was getting frustrated, so I decided to try coconut milk.
The day I decided to try the coconut milk thing, I woke up with a nasty cold. I kid you not, within three days of drinking a can of coconut milk a day, the cold was COMPLETELY gone, and the bladder infection much, much better!!!
I've always had techniques to shorten the duration of my colds, like vitamins and teas and stuff, but I've never had a cold just be gone, in three days.
I've been having to deal with this painful bladder infection for 3 weeks now, and now it seems to be gone.
I drank about 5 cans of coconut milk in a three day period. Also, at first I didn't like the taste so I sweetened it with ice and sugar and it tasted awesome. By about the second day I didn't mind the taste so much so I just made sure to chill the can in the fridge before opening it. works!!! I'm amazed."
[YEA] 07/14/2012: Bern from Sydney, Nsw replies: "To the person who posted the email regarding the coconut milk and her friend who was hospitalised with kidney infection, I cannot thank you enough (so thank you, thank you, thank you). About three months ago I had a uti (urinary tract infection) that I could not shake - the usual symptoms being the feeling of a constantly full bladder, a nagging pain in my tail bone/coccyx/rectum, hot and cold sweats causing quick flushes. I was on my third set of antibiotics (keflex, norafloxacin, macrodantin (nitrofurantoin family of drugs) and fast losing hope of a remedy.
Then I consulted earthclinic. I tried the sea salt, the apple cider vinegar with organic cranberry concentrate and lemon juice, morning and night for about three days. Nothing. I still felt just as bad. Then I tried two tbspns cold presssed organic coconut oil with a cup of low fat coconut milk first up on the evening of the fourth day and then drank two cans of low fat coconut milk for the next two days. This was followed by a can of coconut milk mixed with a can of coconut water (refrigerated) each day for the following three days. I am now cured.
So this is what I think. The sea salt, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and cranberry concentrate might have all worked had I been at a minor stage of this illness. Past this initial stage, there was no effect. The first cup of coconut milk gave instant noticeable relief. I'll admit that I did sick up after the fifth cup (so it might have helped if I'd diluted it earlier with coconut water). If you're prone to uti (as I am), I have been drinking wheatgrass extract for eight months and never caught uti during this period, so providing an alkaline environment in your body inhibits uti. Also, coconut water is said to inhibit uti. (I cannot comment on providing an acidic environment because I'm not a regular drinker of apple cider vinegar). I heard somewhere that taking daily 2 tbspn organic cold pressed coconut oil assists with alzheimers. After curing my uti with coconut milk, I can only say, WOW, coconut appears to be one of these "super" foods."
[YEA] 05/30/2009: Jasmine from San Francisco, California: "Coconut oil cured by urinary tract infection. I took only one tablespoon a day.
I used "___ Coconut Oil" from Whole Foods.
I had a urinary tract infection with moderate to severe symptoms for approximately one week, and then mild to moderate symptoms for two weeks thereafter. I wanted to avoid antibiotic medication at all costs, seeing as the effects of those antibiotics can be as problematic as the problem itself. (Don't get me wrong -- I understand that sometimes you HAVE to take these things. But in this case, I wanted to find a way around it).
I spent the first few days chugging cranberry juice and drinking water. This was pointless and did absolutely nothing. I even used unsweetened, pure cranberry juice which was terrible to drink. It probably works for some people, but not for me.
Then I tried some random supplement especially formulated for curing UTI's from Whole Foods with cranberry extract and d-mannose. This worked better, but still not enough.
Next, after reading the reviews on this website, I tried apple cider vinegar. This helped, and reduced my symptoms of the UTI by about 40%. However, if I forgot the ACV for a day or two, the UTI would come back.
The only thing that worked 100% was coconut oil. I took a single tablespoon each day. It helped tremendously and cured my UTI. I don't know if coconut oil will work for everybody, but for some reason, it worked incredibly well for me. Since I only took one tablespoon in the morning, I imagine it would work very well if they took two tablespoon, one in the morning and one at night.
So before you try using antibiotics (which can be ineffective, especially if the bacteria develop a resistance to the antibiotics) *TRY* coconut oil. Just go to Whole Foods and buy cold-pressed coconut oil."
[YEA] 04/02/2007: Catheryn from Jonesboro, AR: "Although I had begun using VCO for other reasons, I realized after only two months that a chronic, "incurable" bladder condition that I had had for twenty-one years was much better. Then it seemed to just disappear. It has been over a year since any symptoms, and I don't expect any. My urologist was astonished."
[YEA] 10/09/2006: Trudy from Netherlands: "I tried everything for bladder disease. The regular doctor prescribed Nitrofurantoin... so bad.. it causes even bladder disease... so I became very very ill ONLY COLLOIDAL SILVERWATER was THE REMEDY( for E-coli). Bladder disease was gone. Afterwords I took DMannose...very good..no pain anymore...also good for interstitial cystitis...really true. I have to tell this for the doctor did not know that Nitrofurantoin causes bladder disease. read: Natural Medicine Encyclopedia C.Norman Shealy."
Cornsilk and Shave Grass Teas
[YEA] 11/12/2008: Anna from Costa Mesa, California: "I tried to do the vinegar douche but I got worst I started getting pain in the vagina, thank God for corn silk and shave grass tea I felt better 3 hours later. They usually sell this in the mexican stores: One bag of corn silk and boil it in 4 cups of water, and for the shave grass tea they sale those in tea bags so you put that in a cup of hot water and drink it drink as many as many cups as you can, keep drinking it for 5 days or longer, even if you feel better. Both teas work but if you only find the corn silk it will work fine."
[YEA] 10/08/2011: Heather from London, Uk: "Here's how I got rid of a UTI that was so painful it had me crying. I bought a whole gallon of cranberry juice and some oranges. I drank the whole gallon within two hours, and then ate an orange. I felt relief, almost completely within 45 minutes of drinking the whole thing. Keep drinking lots of water.
It was the best remedy and it only cost me a few dollars. I'm really thankful for this remedy and I hope it helps you."
[YEA] 10/06/2010: Linda from Atlanta, Ga: "Cranberry pills help great and fast. Had a severe bladder infection, helped within hours. My neighbor had a bladder infection for several months, had taken several different antibiotics, nothing helped. The Cranberry pills worked also wonderfully for her. Cranberry pills are much more potent than Cranberry juice. You can buy them at the foodstore for less than $10
When you have a bladder infection, avoid acidic food like citrus fruit, red meat, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, black tea etc."