Last Modified on Jul 11, 2014
Many of us have bladder issues. These include overactive bladder, bladder control problems, bladder pain, and changes in urine quality. These health issues can be disconcerting, inconvenient, and even embarrassing. Fortunately, there are natural remedies you can use at home to restore your bladder health to give yourself better health and peace of mind.
As we age, bladder control issues can arise naturally or as a result of illness or other health conditions. Women in particular are at risk of bladder issues including incontinence, given the greater complexity of their urogenital organs--due to the demands of gestation and childbirth. However, bladder issues are not inevitable and can be reversed. Exercises and changes in diet, as well as dietary supplements, can help restore your bladder health.
Natural Cures: Cranberries have always been said to benefit bladder health, and Israeli researchers have confirmed that components of cranberry juice help to flush infectious agents from the bladder. Horsetail, saw palmetto, and cornsilk also are used for bladder issues.
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Bladder Issue Remedies
- Bladder Stone Remedies
- Castor Oil
- Chromium Picolinate
- Coffee, Clove
- Dietary Changes, Psyllium, Baking Soda
- General Feedback
- Malic Acid
- Proteinuria Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Stream Abnormalities
- Strong Smelling, Cloudy Urine
- Urethral Stricture Treatment
[YEA] 12/02/2009: Pam from Orange County, Ca: "I was awaked from feeling the urge to pee this morning. And later when I went again, I felt the burning sensation and a bit of blood in my urine. I immediately mixed 2 tbsp of organic Apple cider vinegar and 4 oz of water to drink. I also tried dabbing ACV to where I pee for 20 minutes, and the burning sensation subsided when I went again, which was about 30 minutes later, but I saw more blood in my urine. I was worried for a while and thinking if I should go see a doctor instead. But, I continued drinking ACV every hour. Then, by noon I felt normal again. I don't feel the urge to go, no more burning sensation, and no blood in the urine.
I'll continue to drink ACV, 2 tbsp 8 oz of water (I cut down the ACV as I feel better already), for the next couple of days to make sure the infection is completely gone.
Thanks to the Earth Clinic and all the people posting their experiences with the ACV remedy. I'm now pain free. I cannot thank you enough."
"Hematuria: Blood in the urine. Hematuria may or may not be accompanied by pain, but it is always abnormal and should be further investigated. Painful hematuria can be caused by a number of disorders, including infections and stones in the urinary tract. Painless hematuria can also be due to many causes, including cancer."
12/01/2012: Mesem from Manosque, France replies: "Bladder Problem- I thought I had found a good osteo to treat my pelvic problems. I saw the osteo 2X. After the first treatment I wanted to continually urinate during 2 days. Now after a second visit I have symptoms as for an infection;burning and need to urinate often. I am drinking Cider vineger but the problem persists. I don't know what what she did to provoke this and she (osteo) is not at all helpful. Irresponsable practioner! This is rather worrying. Any ideas on what is going on inside me? I guess she has upset the muscles that support the bladder and has induced a pocket where bacteria can multiply."
[YEA] 11/17/2009: Milly from Wales, Uk: "Urinary Problems: Started taking apple cider vinegar after reading of all the health benefits. I really like it with tomato juice. After about a week I noticed that I sleep through the night without needing to get up to visit the bathroom. I am very happy about this and feel far more energetic during the day. Thank you earth clinic!"
10/08/2013: Joeelli from Dublin: "hello people, just before orgasm during sexual intercourse I feel as if I have to urinate although having had emptied the bladder before. For your information - I am a male. Besides, to me the feeling of the orgasm is way less intense as before. Furthermore, I have the impression that my urinating pressure is less intense than before and the urine- stream is doubled sometimes. I do not feel any pain. 4 months ago I had pain/burn while urinating. I was prescribed antibiotics and pain got away. Any help appreciated."Replies
10/08/2013: Ed2010 from Canada replies: "What is your age? Check your Prostate for any issues. Good Health"
10/09/2013: Andrea C from Wales replies: "Hi I don't know how old you are, but have you had your prostrate gland checked, and have you had test to establish wether it's an infection? As you can carry Infection for a long time with no pain. And as you age the prostrate gland can cause this as well. I had something called 'Nepharitis' (Inflamation and Infection) of the Kidneys for ages, I barely had any pain, and thought it was to do with a back problem, also Kidney Stones will cause these symptoms too. Go have yourself checked out, and then you can use Remedies on EC once you have an idea. But that being said, I was told I did not have Kidney stones, I insisted I did. I eventually drank loads of bottled Spring water, I kept a strainer in the toilet, and urinated through the stainer every time. And behold!! A load of 'Gravel' in appearance Kidney Stones were in the strainer, so I took it to a very red faced Urologist to show him. Love Andrea C xxxxx"
10/09/2013: Joeelli from Dublin replies: "Hey. Thx everyone for your reply. I am 28 and was given antiobiotics as diagnosed for Urinary Tract Infection. I will do what you told me. Maybe do some liver and kidney flushes. Again thank you very much"
10/10/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "The evidence of co-infection of the kidney/urinary and the prostate gland seem obvious, so the recommendation is treating both. My current regimen is 100mg zinc, 1 softgel Cranberry daily. Occasional Stinging Nettles works wonders. Occasional Dr Christopher’s kidney/bladder formula is also sometimes needed (works well fallowing the cranberry)."
06/06/2013: Jade from Oblivion, Ohio: "Good afternoon, I appreciate all the information I have found on your site. I noticed that you reference chronic aspartame and processed foods as causing renal problems. I am a 34 year old woman. For most of my life, I've consumed processed foods, especially diet soda and many other what I thought were healthy diet foods along with sugar.
For the past few years, I have had trouble with urinary frequency and leakage and get recurrent mild UTIs. From my research, I am guessing this is due to my terrible lifestyle habits. I am fortunate that I do not have hypertension or diabetes. Six months ago, I did a complete diet and lifestyle overhaul and started seeing a naturopathic physician. I've cut out all of the diet and processed foods. I don't take any medications, only herbs. I eat an 80% raw diet, juice, and blend. My energy level and thyroid function have improved dramatically, but I am still struggling with my kidneys/bladder. I take probiotics and cranberry supplements. I've tried D-Mannose as well. What would you suggest to repair my kidney and bladder trouble with the suspected cause of food toxins?
Thank you, :)"Replies
06/06/2013: Just Me from Usa replies: "I feel strongly that diet tea sent me over to the dark side of bladder trouble. I had not drank it for very long. I thought I had a bladder infection and heavily dosed myself with cranberry juice which made it worse. I found out I had IC, interstitial cystitis. You may have a similar issue. If so, you need to drop acid foods including green/black tea, coffee, sodas, etc. Go to a medical cite for a list of what you need to eliminate."
06/07/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Any of the forgoing remedies will improve healing. Zinc/Vit-A, Comfrey Leaf (Tea), Omega 3 Fatty Acids like Fish or Flax Oil, Raw Kidney Glandular. Also, 1 grm GABA before retiring will boost Human Growth Hormone levels around 25%. HGH causes the release of IGF (Insulin Growth Factor) which can restore healing powers to youthful levels. There are also natural non-dietary means of boosting HGH in the body; YouTube has many videos showing these methods.
Let us know how you're doing."
03/25/2014: Jr from Shady Spring, Wv: "Hello, I'm new here & looks like a great place for help. I recently had a CT scan and they found that I have an enlarged prostate & a 1 inch x 2 inch stone in my bladder. Is there anything that might dissolve the stone without part of it getting stuck in the uretha tube ? I bought a small bottle of Chanca Piedra but haven't used any yet. Thanks Very Much"Replies
[YEA] 03/26/2014: Mike62 from Denver replies: "Jr: For the enlarged prostrate eat 4oz. organic sweet potatoes and 1oz. organic tomato paste daily with 1g fat. The carotenes cure enlarged prostrate. 1/2 the carotenes stored in the tissues are lycopene. The carotenes require fat. The cause of the enlarged prostrate is the same as balding, bad testosterone. This leads to prostate cancer. The body is making bad hormones and minerals are calcifying. You need to go on a complete raw organic and grass fed whole food program. Either take produce or the super food concentrated powders. I take both. Keep fat below 5%/g of carbs."
09/12/2011: Lucia Luna from Santa Barbara, California: "My husband has recently had a problem with his bladder enlarged which makes it so he has to self-catherize himself 4 times a day. What really bothers him is the the pain he has on his right side. What l have been doing in massaging the area that hurts. Seems to work but what l would like to know is will the castor oil treatment really help?"
[YEA] 12/04/2011: Bill from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: "Chromium Picolinate dramatically helped in my issue of frequent urination. I take 200 mcg 15 minutes before meals (3 meals a day). Hope this helps somebody."Replies
04/20/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Chromium picolinate helps regulate blood sugar and your bladder was probably trying to balance your system through urine excretion before you started on the supplement
Coconut oil also helps with the regulation of sugar in the body and brain, it helps stabilize the imbalance of sugar that can cause candida problems, usually brought on by fight or flight hormones as a response to stress."
09/19/2012: Anon from Anon: "Make a cup of coffee and put 1/8 teaspoon or so of clove powder in it. If you get a full feeling but can't seem to easily empty the bladder. Seems to open things up. Takes a couple hours to have an effect."Replies
04/26/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "HELPS.... To get the urine to flow.... Use cranberry or pomegranate juice."
04/27/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Potassium "...stimulates the kidneys to eliminate poisonous body wastes... Blackstrap Molasses contains more calcium than milk, more iron than many, and more potassium than any food. It is an excellent source of B vitamins." (Nutrition Almanac, Third Edition) When I could not go and read this, I tried a TBS of BSM in a glass of warm water and my flo resumed. This is what worked for me so I try to have some every day. Just remember it is a source of sugar and the B vitamins stimulate your appetite."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/13/2013: Jfrost231 from Hackettstown, New Jersey, United States: "Hello, I have been suffering irritation and burning while I urinate for about a year now. I'm 17, and it started last year when I first got a UTI. I went to the doctor, got antibiotics, (Cipro to be exact) and it went away. Then a couple months later, I had the same problem again, so I thought I would go back to the doctor, which I did, I got Bactrim, and I would be cured. Nope. And ever since I have been trying so desperately to rid myself of whatever it is I have. I have tried apple cider vinegar, which I think made it worse, sea salt water, cranberry pills, kidney bladder health pills, as well as a variety of other pills. I have changed my diet, to only drinking water and pure cranberry juice (which helps). I cut out as much sugar as I can. I am and have been sexually active since it started, but my partner and I have used all the necessary precautions to avoid something like this happening in the first place. Now recently, I was told by this amazing indian lady who runs a health food store in my town told me to take D-Mannose for a few month, I have been on D-Mannose for three months, from November to February. But I stopped because the three months was up, and I was feeling awesome that entire time little to no pain at all. If there was any irritation, it was so small that it didn't even bother me. I know for a fact that my problem has nothing to do with my bladder or kidneys, it is all urethra. But recently, this past week, I have been drinking this detox tea, it is supposes to rid the body of your toxins and it is obviously released through waste. I have been in such awful pain with urination. So I am wondering, is it the tea that is irritating my urethra? Are the toxins being released from my body making me have burning and irritation while I urinate? I only started drinking this tea this week. I want to continue taking the D-Mannose, but I don't know if it will be harmful for my body. Am I allowed to take D-Mannose as a daily supplement? is it safe? It was helping me so much and it sucks that the joy ends. I need opinions, I need answers. I am stopping the tea, but if it continues, I don't know what to do. I'm considering going to a urologist. Help!"Replies
03/14/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Jfrost231: Since you are not responding well to multiple forms of treatment, you might have a parasite infestation; in particular the bladder fluke: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schistosoma_haematobium"
04/20/2013: Joy from Battleground , Wash replies: "Creams and condoms and other vaginal products can cause an allergic response. Using the pill can change your system to have bladder and vaginal problems if you are on one that is not right for you
The estrogen in the pill can cause a blood sugar problem and weight gain.
Also women must always wipe from front to back."
11/26/2013: Bea from San Antonio replies: "Try adding a little baking soda to your water to help with the burning."
[YEA] 03/31/2014: Kk from Sherwood Ar replies: "I've used the d-mannose for quite sometime. My urologist said proven fact that cranberry is great for bladder health/infection. So sometime ago I was introduced to cran-actin with d-mannose. A wonderful combination for bladder health. My advisor who owns a local health food store said "I bet it's the tinnactic acid in tea...my daughter said it irritates her bladder and seems to increase spasms. Bottomline is I use cran-actin with d-mannose whenever I have a symptom or known exposure that my cause problems. Love it. Certainly recommend it too."
[YEA] 12/15/2013: Anon from Anon: "I used to think I had cystitis of my bladder. I went to the Doctor who found no infection and told me to eat less chocolate. Which was good advice. Also good advice is to drink no coffee or tea. And to take baking soda with water or with water and psyllium."
04/03/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash: "Some fitness instructors develop bladder leaks and pelvic floor issues because they don't relax the muscles enough between the tensions for muscle building, causing muscle failure.
Some children have too much tension leading to bowel or bladder control failure and need bio feedback to get beyond the stress of tensing muscles and overloading them."
07/11/2014: Daniel from Europe: "Hello, I'm 30 yo male...
A couple of years ago I tried to do some Kegel exercises because I heard that it can boost my sexual performance. But I did Kegel exercises while urinating and I have found out out that after I pass my urine there is a little bit urine leftover somwhere in my urethra...I guess that I did it wrong , I shoudn't do my Kegels while urinating...
So my question is - how can I reverse that?
Do you think that, considering that Kegels straighten pelvic floor muscles, it can help me te reverse this incomplete bladder emptying , but if I do it correctly this time?
Or you recommend something else?
Thank you, regards"
04/19/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash: "Just been reading to find some answers and found a site that talked about MALIC ACID in apple juice and apple cider irritating the bladder and weakening the system supporting it.
They also talked about absorption problems causing vitamin and mineral deficiencies and how they cause hormone imbalance and how the hormone imbalance affects the muscles that hold the bladder in place.
They said APPLES DO NOT CAUSE THIS PROBLEM and encourage eating apples."
[YEA] 07/19/2010: Jimmy from Citrus Springs, Fl, United States: "REMEDY FOR URINATION WHEN ON TRIP
My elderly great aunt would go to the spice cabinet before going for a ride or shopping where she would be gone for several hours. One time while waiting for her at age 92, I asked her why she went to the spice cabinet all the time when we had to take her someplace she said "I will not have to go to anyone's bathroom anywhere to urinate." She took a half a teaspoon of nutmeg and put in her left hand PALM and lick all of it then drink a small amount of water and that would take care of any urge.
I asked her where she learned that and she said from my grandmother as when she was young they would sell eggs from the horse cart and didn't want to stop for that anywhere. I witnessed that when taking her ANY PLACE THAT SHE NEVER HAD TO GO USE A BATHROOM ANYWHERE. I would say it worked very well for her as she was a very modest lady and never wanted to bother anyone."Replies
10/21/2010: Su from Durban, Kzn, South Africa replies: "Is this safe to do everyday? I usually go to the bathroom 8 times a day, wanting to reduce it to at least 4 times a day ( I drink 1.5litres of water and 300ml of tea everyday) 27 years old. Thanks"
[YEA] 09/03/2013: Andrea from New Zealand replies: "I like this, thanks. I've started having nutmeg in my coffee and noticed an approvement in my bladder.
So now I know it must be the nutmeg. I will try the way you say to have it, and with water. Thanks again.
PS I enjoyed reading your one."
05/03/2013: Cheryl from Stearns, Ky: "I am looking for a herbal cure for protein in urine. I know there is a cure but doctors don't want you to know about it. I am sick of their meds. They make things worse sometimes."Replies
05/04/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Cheryl: Proteinuria is often a sign of Liver problems. And Liver problems are also, many times, a result of Gallstones.
Here's the E. C. Liver Problem page: http://earthclinic.com/CURES/liver_damage.html
Also be very careful with any pharmaceutical meds that are known hepatoxic; Acetaminophen is a common toxic drug."
05/04/2013: Lloyd from Charlotte, Nc replies: "Relative to "protein in urine" problem... Are you speaaking of increased creatine levels which are evidence of kidney failure? In that case, creatine is merely a marker to the back up of toxic material in the system and is demonstrating the severity of the kidney failure. I'm thinking that maybe you are refering to some other issue. If so could you be more specific on what proteins you are speaking of and the medical diagnosis by the doctors you are refering to. And symptoms you are having."