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Natural Cures for a Bladder Infection

Last Modified on Feb 09, 2016

If you have ever had a bladder infection, you will likely never forget the symptoms. With as intense as symptoms can be and as common as these infections are, finding an effective remedy is crucial. So, we’ve put together a list of effective natural cures for bladder infections, including acidophilus, cranberry juice, and apple cider vinegar.

What Is a Bladder Infection?

A bladder infection, also known as cystitis, generally refers to inflammation in the bladder or sometimes other areas of the urinary tract. The condition is typically caused by bacterial infection – hence the name, bladder infection. The condition is painful and even annoying and can even escalate to cause more serious health conditions if the infection spreads to your kidneys.

A bladder infection occurs as bacteria from outside your body enter your urinary tract and begin to multiply. The most common cause of this type of infection is Escherichia coli.

How Do I Know if I Have a Cystitis?

If you have a bladder infection, you will typically be able to tell “something isn’t right.” In addition to a general ill-felling, you will likely also be experiencing a number of common symptoms. The most prevalent symptoms include a strong urge to urinate, a burning sensation when urinating, passing frequent but small amounts of urine, blood in the urine, passing cloudy or strong-smelling urine, discomfort in your pelvic region, pressure in your lower abdomen, and a low-grade fever.

Can I Cure a Urinary Tract Infection Naturally?

A variety of natural remedies are effective for relieving bladder infections. Acidophilus, cranberry juice, and apple cider vinegar are three of the most effective natural treatments. However, you should also increase your daily water and avoid sugary foods and drinks for the most effective results.

1. Acidophilus

When used as a treatment for a bladder infection, acidophilus initiates important antimicrobial and antifungal responses in the body, which help to maintain and boost your immune system. AS such, it helps kill the harmful bacteria causing your infection. The treatment comes in a variety of forms, including pills or supplements and dairy-based foods. You can select a treatment option that works best with your schedule and digestive system.

2. Cranberry Juice

Cranberries contain special compounds that create a Teflon-like coating in your urinary tract. As such, it helps your body release bacteria and other infection-causing agents from your urinary tract. It is also an active antibacterial and antimicrobial agent. You can take natural cranberry supplements by mouth or simply drink natural cranberry juice daily to get the same benefits.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Drinking diluted apple cider vinegar helps maintain a slightly more acidic environment in your urinary tract. This level of acid is generally enough to diminish the growth of infection-causing bacteria and to help remedy the issue. Additionally, the vinegar delivers a number of nutrients to your body that help support your immune system and combat infection. Aim to drink 1-2 tablespoons in 8 ounces of water daily.

In addition to treating a bladder infection, these natural remedies also help prevent urinary tract issues. Check out our Table of Contents menu to see many more effective natural remedies from our readers for bladder infections!

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Medical Emergency Signs12014-07-12
Acidophilus, Apple Cider Vinegar and Cranberry Juice12015-03-14
Alka Seltzer152012-09-13
Alkaline Diet22012-11-04
Antibiotics, Cranberry Juice12009-06-28
Apple Cider Vinegar922016-02-09
Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda152015-03-21
Apple Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt22008-03-24
Apple Cider Vinegar, Cranberry32012-03-20
Apple Cider Vinegar, Cranberry, Vitamin C12013-12-14
Apple Cider Vinegar, D-Mannose22009-08-26
Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger Root Tablets12011-10-27
Apple Cider Vinegar, Uva Ursi12009-10-20
Avoid Alcohol, Drink Water12009-05-14
Avoid Garlic and Citrus Avoid Backlighting Computer Monitors12006-04-24
Avoid Spermicides12006-02-04
Baking Soda112013-03-19
Baking Soda and Molasses12015-12-10
Ball Stretch12012-04-25
Bladder Infection Causes32009-01-30
Chinese Herbs12008-11-29
Citric Acid Supplements12013-04-22
Clove Oil12015-02-06
Club Soda12009-08-09
Coconut Milk22013-03-25
Coconut Oil22009-05-30
Coconut Oil, Honey and Oregano Oil12014-09-18
Colloidal Silver22014-08-01
Corn Silk32015-02-09
D-Mannose, Garlic, Alkaline Pills12010-10-25
Dandelion Tea and Oregano Oil12006-06-04
Dietary Changes22012-01-15
Enterococcus UTI Remedies12015-08-13
General Feedback22011-10-28
Goldenseal and Echinacea22011-10-11
Grape Leaf Pickles12007-10-19
Grapefruit Seed Extract12011-06-20
Grapefruit Seed Extract and Clove Oil12016-01-11
Grapefruit Seed Extract, D-Mannose12014-03-22
Grapeseed Extract12010-07-17
Hematuria Remedies12009-07-24
Himalayan Salt12012-11-13
Hygienic Practices22007-03-22
Lime Juice for UTI Prevention12010-02-17
Link to Drinking City Water12013-04-03
Marshmallow Root Extract12007-01-24
Multiple Remedies92015-09-19
Olive Leaf12007-06-09
Olive Leaf, Turmeric12010-02-02
Oregano Oil42015-11-25
Pilates and Chiropractic Treatments12009-10-17
Plantain Tea12013-02-21
Probiotic Suppository12012-12-03
Probiotics, Uva Ursi, Teapills12015-01-18
Red Fruit Herbal Tea12012-08-05
Remedies for Recurrent UTI12013-06-21
Rock Salt12008-01-15
Sea Salt92012-08-23
Sea Salt, Baking Soda and Cranberry Pills22008-04-22
Ted's Remedies12012-03-07
Treat According to Your Urinary pH12010-01-06
Urinate After Sex32013-02-21
Urine Therapy12014-05-28
Uva Ursi42013-10-10
Vitamin C42013-07-16
Vitamin E12008-10-17
Water With Lime and Lemon12012-01-08
Watermelon Seed Tea12006-09-20
Watermelon, Baking Soda, Azo12008-08-01
White Vinegar42010-01-15

Medical Emergency Signs  
1 User Reviews | 1 WARNING!

Posted by Dave Donate
(Fountain Inn, Sc) on 07/12/2014

[WARNING!]  Hello all on this thread,

Let me just sound a warning on the dangers of lower tract infections. Self treatment is good to consider but ...

IF the urine is cut off completely or nearly completely and you feel that urine is backing up...enough to start becoming painful...DO NOT play around with this condition...quickly you need an emergency room for a catheter. As much as many of us on this site would try to avoid standard medical treatments, do not mess around with a condition that can be potentially life threatening. If the urethra becomes largely closed then urine backs up and if not dealt with can cause organ failure and death.

In a male, one might have dealt with numerous UTIs over the years, but if the Prostate becomes infected, for instance, then in hours the urethra can be closed down because the urethra runs through the prostate. You might think at the outset, Oh, another problem just take my favorite anti viral and its gone, but in another hour the bacterial infection has shut off the urine flow...complete urinary blockage...

Can you say "emergency"? In a mere three hours you can be doubled over in pain...get to an ER fast.

19 User Reviews | 3 YEA | 1 WORKED TEMPORARILY

Posted by Jennifer (Fort Smith, AR) on 09/20/2006

[YEA]  At the first sign of a bladder infection I take a couple Acidophilis pills and drink lots of water. This really helps. It also helps to take Acidophilis when your taking your Dr prescribed antibiotics because sometimes when the bad bacteria is killed so is the good resulting in a yeast infection and the Acidophilis stops that from occuring! I like it best in pill form but it can be bought in milk and it is naturally in yogurt.

Replied by Jessica
St. Louis, MO U.S.A.

Actually, if you take acidophilus while on antibiotics, the antibiotics will kill the bacteria in the supplement you are taking and you just wasted your money. It's best to wait one week after you end your prescribed antibiotics to begin a pro-biotic.

Three drops of oil of oregano (a natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal) from a tincture three to four times a day and 1200 mg of cranberry (which keeps the infection from spreading) in the morning and no-sugar-added cranberry juice at night will help.

Replied by Sarah
Portland, OR

Actually it is good to take acidophilus when taking antibiotics. just be sure to take the acidophilus 2 - 3 hours after taking the antibiotic because yes the antibiotic will kill the aciophilus if taken at the same time. waiting 2-3 hours after will replenish the good bacteria in your system that the antibiotics kill as well as the bad bacteria. Doing this will speed healing time. It is also good to continue the acidophilus a few days after ending the antibiotics.
Replied by Tiffany
Los Angeles, CA

No holistic treatment of a bacterial infection is complete without probiotics. Using a natural antibiotic can kill the bacteria causing the symptoms, but without repopulating the body with it's greatest natural defenders, probiotics, you haven't healed the underlying problem of bacterial imbalance (too many pathogenic colonies, not enough beneficial ones).

It is in fact a good idea to take probiotics concurrently with antibiotics. Doing so has been shown in clinical studies to reduce the incidence of negative side effects, such as diarrhea. I would continue probiotic treatment for at least two weeks after antibiotics, as your beneficial bacteria are 70% of your immune system and absolutely essential to your body's ability to digest food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate waste. If you are having any symptoms of indigestion (gas, bloating, belching, constipation, diarrhea), probiotics are in order.

Like most things, not all probiotics are created equal. While acidophilus is very aggressive toward pathogens, a multi-strain probiotic will provide even more benefit. Your body is home to innumerable strains of bacteria. Also, a symbiotic, or a supplement in which the probiotics are still attached in an organic bond with the medium (food) they have cultured, will provide the most benefit as these bacteria are stabilized by that organic bond and have easy access to all the fiber they need in order to colonize successfully. These are available in ultra-potent yogurt-like drinks (sold as a supplement) and also pill form. Feel free to email me if you are interested in specific products which fit into this category.

Be good to your bugs!

Replied by Erin
Naperville, Illinois

Actually, Sarah is right. You should take acidophilus while taking an antibiotic either in the form of yogurt or a probiotic. While the antibiotic does kill good and bad bacteria, you need to keep replenishing your good bacteria to prevent getting a secondary infection. With no good bacteria whatsoever in your system, you are wide open to any infection. Whenever I take an antibiotic, I always have to take a cup of yogurt daily with it or I will end up another, often worse, infection somewhere else.
Replied by Jaclyn
Clarkston, Michigan

[YEA]   Worked amazingly. Well into bladder infection, because I was trying cranberry pills and ACV. I added oil of oregano, and it started to ease up, but definitely still there. I got Acidophilus and Garlic and started taking those, and my bladder infection is GONE.
Replied by Shampoo
Los Angeles, Ca

Acidophilus is the ONLY thing that works to PREVENT and treat UTI's. Ever since I gave birth to my daughter I get a bladder infection EVERYTIME I have sex, it was horrible. To top it off, I dont have insurance, and it would usually take more than one round of antibiotics to clear one up.

One winter, I was on my 4th round of antibiotics when I got on earthclinic to try to find an alternative cure. I tried ACV, EVCO, baking soda, sea salt, Olive leaf extract, and Oregano oil. None if it worked. It eased the pain, but did not clear things up for me. I also took Uva Ursi, and D-Mannose. The infection lingered. I still had painful pee, and sex! I drank ACV by the bottle, it was disgusting, but I was desperate!! I drank that and took coconut oil like it was my job.

Because, I am also prone to yeast infections, I tried several different kinds of Acidophilus, and I noticed a real improvement, but what cured me was an expensive brand specially formulated for women(can say names) with several different strands of acidophilus. There is a website, you guys can look it up. It was created and formulated over clinically trials, and 10 years of research and study, its great. It is expensive but SOOOOO WORTH IT! Its about $30 for 60 caplets. A month supply. I order it every month or every other month, its great. To prevent UTI's all you need is one pill a day. To treat a UTI, you will need 2 or more pills a day, and it may take up to a week to clear it out along with alot of water. These pills saved my life guys. Also, massive amounts of Goldenseal herb and Echinacea also helped me, but it was a pain! Who wants to take a dozen caps a day, Boring!!!

Replied by Madiney
Portland, Or

[YEA]   I started getting a bladder infection every month. I got on antibotic and it came back. I then cured it naturally and sure enough a month later it came back. I tried to take it out again naturally but nothing worked. I was ready to get back on antibodics and a friend gave me a box of suppositories yeast arrest. It worked in 15 minutes and has changed my life along with acidophilus. I take 2 a day for maintenance and my life is changed.
Replied by Dede
Idaho Falls, Id

I have been trying to find the website for the acidophilus that Shampoo from LA uses. Can you give us a better clue? Nothing comes up.
Replied by Marina
Chicago, Il

I am responding to a general thread on bladder infections and uti- to say that we keep coconut oil ovules made with a drop of lavender essential oil in our women's health care clinic, and they seem to knock out bladder infections - best to address at the earliest symptom, which is generally a slight burning upon urination. Taking a few glassfuls of water to which 1 t. of cranberry concentrate (unsweetened) is added is also a helpful adjunct to this treatment- along with rest!
Replied by Lydia
Minnetonka, Mn, United States

I too have had uti after uti but only after having sex. The problem for me is all the other health conditions I have which makes me less immune to things like uti's. My side effects are always fevers and never pain when going to the bathroom which makes them much harder to detect. My urologist even put me on antibotics before after sex. I want to find a way to not deal with it naturally. One of my friends gave me a recipe for a drink that should be taken 3x times a day to fight off illness. It calls for 1/4 th lemon juice, 2 tbsp apple vinagar, 1/2 a cup of water, 1/2 a cup of cranberry juice. I have been drinking it and haven't noticed a huge difference, but am hoping it may help. Any ideas on how to deal with a propensity to uti's?
Replied by Shampoo
Los Angeles, Ca

U guys. The website I was reffering to is by Jarrow brand called femdophilus, it has the word FEM in it. Google it guys. They sell it most health food stores. Specially formulated for women in a pink bottle... Look for a pink bottle

I think any HIGH quality multiple strand acidphophilus will work well tho, taken several times a day, maybe three times a day. There are a few good ones out there, if you cant find the one I was talking about.

Replied by D
Vancouver, Bc/canada

For all of you who get UTIs after sex - a simple thing like peeing right after you've just had sex will make a big difference. When you empty your bladder the urine flushes out the bacteria that has lodged in the uretra before it can breed and cause the infection. Made a huge difference for me - I never get UTIs anymore.
Replied by Angie
Seattle, Wa

For those of you exeriencing UTI's after intercourse consider that the contreceptive you use may possibly be causing it... I would always get a UTI after using a latex condom, regardless of peeing and washing afterwards... once I switched to the non-latex ones, I've never had another problem.
Replied by Anymtn
Xoxo, California, United States

Women listen up.... If you have the following that keep reoccurring and wont go away ie Bladder infections, yeast infections and Vaginitis. It is probably not you, but problems with your partners private parts. Go and buy a microbial scrub, like the ones sold in drug stores that are used commonly for scrubbing surgical sites. Have your partner (and you) use this scrub every day in the shower. Use it on all private areas, anus, under testicles, penis, vagina and all folds. Allow it to "sit" before rinsing. I have used this since I was in my 20s and have not had any one of the above problems since. I buy the dark red surgical scrub in the baby blue bottle (Hybiclens sp?) and only use on areas that have a high bacteria count like armpits, private parts and sometimes feet.

In college I had a roommate with constant bladder infections. One day when I had gall, I mentioned that it may be a cleanliness issue that cannot be corrected with all the normal soap in the world. She listened, made a change and wholla....... No more cranberry juice taking up space in the fridge!

The transfer of bacteria and yeast during sex is the problem. Get rid of the cause and you will no longer have to chase the problem.

Replied by Meg
Somewhere, Tx

In response to this thread about bladder infections occuring after intercourse, I think I stumbled onto one of the best kept secrets ever. Sometime during menopause I started using coconut oil as a lubricant. It's cheap, unscented and as an anti-bacterial agent it prevents UTI's. Perfect! Slather it on ladies - this is one tip you won't forget.
Replied by Deb
British Columbia, Canada

I have had UTI's after sex since menopause and I ALWAYS pee after sex so it isn't that which has caused it. I drink lots of water, have tried cranberry juice, and always end up having to get antibiotics. I also am obviously not on contraception so that does not cause it. My Mom mentioned a friend of hers who had terrible UTI's constantly and acidophilus cleared it up within days. So I will be trying this soon and see if it works for me.
Replied by Tabitha

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   I suffered from leaky gut which gave me UTIs. I also suffer from constipation which makes my colon heavy which squashes my bladder so it doesn't empty properly and the pee that remains inside always has bacteria in it. Anytime I have sex I get an infection. This has gone on for 14 years. But I did colon cleanses (caster oil and orange juice) 2 weeks in a row, and then once a month and after 3 months, the infections stopped for a year. Then I got leaky gut again (artemisia 100 and 4 mths of probiotics had cured) which gave me infections again.

Now, I've got rid of the leaky gut and I'm doing the cleanses again, and the infections have eased off. I need less D-Mannose to control them (amazing stuff, means that I don't have to live on antibiotics).

However, I've discovered that a lot of the bladder discomfort I thought was from a UTI, when I lie down to sleep at night, is due to eating sliced bread. If I drink ACV, it takes away the discomfort. I'm now worried that I have interstitial cystitis. My problems seem to be never ending.

Replied by Timh Donate


Tabitha. This is a good example of successfully treating disease symptoms w/ natural remedies. Unfortunately you have yet to resolve the cause or causes underlying all these manifestations. So, it is necessary to temporarily forget about resolving all these symptoms and go for a broad cure for the causes, a "sweep the house" (at least the digestive department) approach.

Here are the E.C. pages for these remedies:

Do these in the order posted and you should see big improvements.

Acidophilus, Apple Cider Vinegar and Cranberry Juice  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Ochoco Jan (Portland, Oregon) on 03/14/2015

[YEA]  I felt the symptoms of a bladder infection on Thursday. I took one Acidophilus capsule. Within 2 hours, my symptoms had significantly reduced. Over the next 24 hours, I took 3 more Acidophilus capsules, drank some unsweetened cranberry juice, and drank 8 oz of water with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, as well as a lot of plain water. Within a day, my symptoms had decreased by more than half. Within 2 days of continuing the same treatment, my symptoms were almost gone. Yay!

1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Ladies, Alcohol Your Butt! (Maryland, US) on 04/19/2015

[YEA]  Ladies, practice proper hygiene, & you won't have to worry about 'remedies'. Alcohol your rectum & your buttocks, after each BM, & before sex - thoroughly.

It's E. coli, left on the rectums & buttocks of women, not their male partners penis's, that causes nearly all of sexually related UTI's.

If a woman uses just toilet paper, or just water, or even soap & water to wash her rectum & buttocks after a BM, & before sex, she is not killing E. coli. E. coli can only be killed using a germicide &/or bactericide.

The woman has E. coli on her rectum & buttocks after a BM, the penis then touches these areas during sex (though this is not necessary, E. coli has 'legs' & the friction & lubrication involved in sexual intercourse is enough to make the E. coli travel from the skin to the urethra).

Every woman should be using alcohol on her rectum, buttocks & under arms anyway, to smell good, & a low dose alcohol tonic like witch hazel, to kill germs on the skin. Women that use soap & water to clean themselves, are not as clean as women who use alcohol on parts of the body where germs must be killed. This is why some women have a 'smell' to them, & why some suffer from recurrent UTI's.

Suffered from recurrent UTI's for 25 years. Tried all the 'remedies'. Tried alcohol wipes one day, problem solved.

Alka Seltzer  
47 User Reviews | 11 YEA | 2 NAY | 1 BETTER BUT NOT CURED | 1 WARNING!    Treatment

Posted by Angela Kilmartin (Witham,essex, Uk) on 09/13/2012

Alka Seltzer acts by making the bladder urine alkaline and so removes the mild acidity favoured by invading bowel Coliforms which cause most bouts of bladder infection.

I have always had a three hour management plan for urgent use in my work when twinges begin, not for long term prevention. Its on my site and in my book. Bi carb of Soda which is the ingredient in Alka Seltzer, is no substitute for correct antibiotics once the bacteria are tested. But it will remove pain for a while.

My work lies in simple prevention and has done for 40 yrs now. Having suffered every two weeks for seven years and then some, it fell to a posting in Nigeria to finally find the daily prevention which has now kept me well for thirty years.

Unfortunately, there are many causes of bladder infection and so you need to search for yourself in my literature what is pertinent to your own lifestyle and case.


Posted by Jlkincaid (Fargo, North Dakota ) on 12/22/2011

[NAY]  I tried the alka seltzer remedy too and I ended up in the er with a fever and a severe bladder infection. The pain was so severe that I felt like I was giving birth all over again. I wouldn't suggest to anyone to use the alka seltzer!

Replied by Dolores
Mansfield, Mo

I had a friend who constant uti, what she discovers was she had a gluten deffeciency, allergic reaction. which cause uti and pain in lower stomach.

Posted by Erin (Tuttle, Ok, Usa) on 04/08/2010

[WARNING!]  I have suffered from recurring UTI's and kidney infections my whole life. I do all the right things, but my anatomy lends itself to frequent infections. I have been prescribed C***o in the past, a very harsh antibiotic that's given to anthrax patients, many times and was just fed up with having to take so many expensive pills. I got a UTI two weeks ago and decided to try some of the cures on this site. I will admit, Alka Seltzer (taken as directed) almost immediately got rid of my urinary pain. However, 3 days later I was in the emergency room with severe lower back pain, fever, and fatigue. The UTI had traveled to my kidneys. I was "forced" to get a shot of an antibiotic and take a round of antibiotics to get rid of the infection. I am currently doing a detox to remove the toxins from my system, but I just wanted people to know that the Alka Seltzer may make it easier to urinate, but it will not cure the infection.

Replied by Lanell
Houston, Tx

I have four children, 2, 4, 6, 8:):) am very blessed to have my little ones. I am blessed to be in Christ Church " CHURCH OF CHRIST" were I have honestly found all wisdom. Saying that through having years of poor eating habits, much SUGAR, and not enough wTer and veggies. It's no wonder my time has come after my childrens birth Tht my defenses got worse. So through Gods mercy and wisdom. Tried something and it truly relieves, maybe it could help. Try cran apple juice no added sugars, and aloe juice. I found tht as my system got worse too much acidity made it worse. So the aloe juice may create a balance of acidity to the cran juice. Hope it helps. And thanks to God for all the things He has put on this earth for his creation.

Posted by Michele (Spring Grove, Pa - Usa) on 12/01/2009

YEA!!!!! I haven't had a bladder infection for years, but got hit with one tonight - of course, after all the drugstores locally were closed . I immediately came to this site as it has been very helpful for other things. First tried the ACV, but the pain was getting worse, along with shakes and chills. Frequent urination with little result and increasing pain finally got me to go wake my husband up and send him to an all night gas station/store for Alka-Seltzer.

By the time he got back, I was nearly on the floor with the pain - and I have a very high pain tolerance. Took 2 tablets in water and then took a hot - steaming hot - shower. By the time I got out of the shower the pain had subsided and I was able to urinate a more normal amount. Took another dose about 2 hours after the first and am also drinking cranberry juice and my normal mix of ACV and honey.

I am absolutely AMAZED at how quickly the Alka Seltzer worked. I'm sending this site link and the info to everyone I know. Thank you so much!!!

Replied by Michele
Spring Grove, Pa

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Adding to my previous post of 12/01/2009:

Alka-seltzer worked great at relieving the pain and immediate symptoms. However, I want to note very clearly it did nothing for the underlying infection. Continued use of it was actually masking the symptoms while the infection was getting worse.

Today, realizing I was not getting better, I went to my Doctor and ended up on antibiotics.

The Alka-seltzer is GREAT to get you through the night (or day) until you can get to a Doctor - but it will not cure an actual infection. Using it for more than a day or two could actually make things worse.

I'm still glad I used it though - I could not have gotten through the night with the pain I was in and I could go to my Doctor rather than the ER.

Replied by Jerry
Frederick, Md

If you read the ingredients on Alka Seltzer, you can save yourself a lot of wampum. The two active ingredients are aspirin and bicarbonate of soda.
Replied by Chris
Oakland, Ca

[YEA]   I have had a recurring bladder infection for a couple of months, but yesterday after it struck back with a vengeance I got desperate. I got no sleep last night, up at least a hundred of painful times, and could not even get to the bathroom in time so I had to start walking with a towel shoved between my legs. YUCK! This morning I found this thread, and while the person's story about kidney infection is scary, I immediately took two Alka Seltzers, got into a warm bath, and by the *time I got out* I was peeing normally. I'll go to the doc. But I'm amazed. How can it possibly work that fast??
Replied by Nonie
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

After years suffering with UTIs that have crippled me with pain I have realized how to treat them AND to understand what helps and why.

Alka-seltzer was the first remedy that helped me. My bladder infections cause me to bloat so parents and doctors thought it was gas. Alkaseltzer every day and the pain was gone. It turns out that this is because it changes the acidity of the urine. It alkalinizes it, as does bicarbonate (baking soda), for a period of time after taking it. This helps with pain but it will not cure the underlying infection unless the pain is due to overly acidic urine, and not a true infection. Alkaline urine can actually assist an infection in spreading.

Cranberry juice does the exact opposite. It renders the urine more acidic. This does not help with pain for me at all, but it ensures that bacteria can't grow and hence it's more of a long term approch. But it must be pure, unsweetened cranberry juice or pills, and no apple or other sugary juice in it. Sugar feeds any infection in the body. I prefer the pills if I take it, but I prefer other methods that I feel work better.

Probiotics ensure the body has the proper intestinal and urinary and reproductive bacteria and is a great preventative. The best is bio K, after that I like the pearl brand - extra strength.

Instead of salt, I use miso. It's naturally salty and also loaded with probiotics and minerals because it's fermented. You add it to hot, not boiling water and drink as a broth. It's tasty and better for you than commercial yogurt, some of which is pasturized after they add the probiotics, and most of which has sugar added.

Regarding recurring infections, there are triggers I have found in myself and don't know if they apply to others. Sexual activity, sugar, orange or citrus juice - even fresh pressed, dehydration, and coffee or tea or any caffeinated drink. The reason caffeine brings it on is that it dehydrates the body and you have to drink so much more water to compensate.

Lastly, antibiotics NEVER work for me to clear it completely. They are garbage, in my opinion. I use colloidal silver as an antibiotic, and it works better. But I use it for at least three weeks when I get it. The reason people get them in repeatedly in a short time frame, as in my case, is sometimes because the infection is not actually gone. It can be low grade and they don't pick it up on their tests at the doctor's office but in a week you have a bonafide infection again. I am sure I had low grade infections for years. Here's what helped:

Tincture of marshmallow root, uva-ursi, and goldenseal or drink marshmallow root or slippery elm powder and take goldenseal tincture. I do this as needed throughout the day when I have any signs of infection, even just the urgency. An epsom salt hot hot bath with a drink of bicarbonate in water for pain management. Colloidal silver for a full blown infection, with the above. I can't touch citrus juice or caffinated dinks if I have any sign of infection, and I have to drink 12 glasses of water a day. I always use probiotics and take miso regularly. I take zinc supplements (picolinate works best for me) daily, and I do not use any soap but Dr. Bonner's liquid soap diluted. Oil of oregano did not work for me, but olive leaf at the same time as colloidal silver helps. I also drink pau d'arco tea at night on a regular basis, which is an antifungal and will really help if yeast is involved.

Vitamin C did nothing noticable either way, but I take 3000mg night and day for other purposes. I do not know if it helps.

The herbs and natural remedies can be gotten at health food stores. There are no exact amounts to use... I just take what I think and if that doesn't work, try a bit more. As with any med, the dose has to be in the therapeutic range to work. This is my cumulated knowledge after 20 years suffering and then studying holistic nutrition. Hope it helps someone!

Posted by Rice (Nyc, Ny) on 10/02/2009

a lot of people asking for the alka seltzer cure for uti - i googled it and you take it as directed on the box - 2 tablets in 4 oz od water. should work in 1/2 hour, many recommend taking 2-3x the day you have symptoms. happy to help and cheers!

Replied by It Works!
Albany, Oregon

[YEA]   I have suffered with UTI's for about 20 years. I have had procedures that were very painful because the doc recommended them, however nothing worked. I had a urologist tell me that half of his patients carried anitbiotics in their purse to take when needed. This was a scary situation to be in because I wondered what would happen the day the antibiotics didn't work for me. I think I would slit my throat... Kidding. But, my last UTI incident I was out of pills so I attempted to go to the urgency clinic but could not get in because they were only taking acute patients with severe problems. When I got home, I told my husband that I could not get in to see the doc. He had read about the Alka Seltzer. Well, had nothing to loose so I took 2 that night and by morning I felt much better. I now take one Alka Seltzer per week for maintenance and have not had another UTI incident for one year. It has truly worked for me and highly recommend it.
Replied by Joanvirginia
Chantilly, Va

I've had exceptional results preventing and relieving UTIs with baking soda. Dissolve a 1/2 teaspoon in a glass of water and drink it a few times during the day. I've gone from pain to relief in no time at all! No need to purchase Alka Seltzer.

Posted by Susan (Edmonton, Alberta Canada) on 05/12/2009

I am frustrated trying to find the exact remedy for alka seltzer for bladder infections. All these people talk about it as if its listed on your sight but no place can I find the exact instructions. Please send the instructions of how to take alka seltzer for bladder infections. Or tell me where it is on the sight- but I can`t find it anywhere.

Replied by DebbyM
Banning, CA

Alka Seltzer is a fast acting aspirin. It will not cure your infection. It will reduce the pain.
Replied by Fran
Philadelphia, Pa, Usa

Could someone publish the Alka Seltzer remedy for UTI's? I can't find it anywhere. Thanks. Fran

Posted by Kishore (London, Essex UK) on 05/04/2009

[YEA]  i have had recurrent uti as i am a diabetic. i read about the alka seltzer remedy on your site and tried it. Next morning my symptons had gone. can not believe it. Have been on antibiotics for weeks and having tried this simple remedy did the trick. Thank you

Replied by Big Dave
Riverside, Calif. Usa

Any time you use anytype of antibiotic medicine... You must put acidolphulus back in your system... I was on extream antibiotics for two months as an infection kept setting in on my left foot ( a bone piece was causing havoc in my toe, till it finally came out and I have diabetes) now I am ok except I felt really bad, every joint ached for weeks... I didnt know what to do, talked to a friend and he said get acidolpholus (sp?) and overnight it was so much better I was up and going to do all I had missed days before...!!!
Replied by Big Dave
Riverside, Calif. Usa

Also I forgot... The drinks that keep your kidneys open and runnin Is Grapefruit Juice(fresh preffered)and Cranberry juice that has nothing in it but straight juice... Mixed together it is a wonderful drink for any diabetic... Now you as a diabetic need Chromium... This is the diabetics FRIEND.... It will keep your bloodsugar in check... It may take a month to work but you will see it in your blood checks with your meter... Gluco sure is a brand name, check with a good health food store that sells suppliments... Ok... ? God Speed

Posted by Shannon (Litchfield, IL) on 02/27/2009

[YEA]  I was suffering from a terrible bladder infection and I just couldn't stand it anymore. I found this site and I first tried the ACV cure first (it had the most number of yeas). It worked okay, but to drink it made me so sick to my stomach. I had to try something else. I found my cure in the form of alka seltzer. I couldn't believe how well and how fast it worked! I would say in about 15 minutes I felt better than I had trying the ACV.

Posted by Sara (Gravette, AR) on 11/09/2008

[YEA]  I woke up this morning with a bladder infection. Didn't want to go to the doctor so I took a chance to find something online that would help so I type in home remedies. I at first, drank acv with baking soda then I drank water with lemon in it. Then I drank water with the alka selter. I felt a little bit better. Than I went to the bathroom and their was blood. (PAINFUL!) I went and drank another water with alka seltzer. I was scared to go to the restroom thinking I was going to scream again but It was better. Alot. No blood this time.Then I continued to drink serveral (didn't coun't) maybe 3 or 4 more water with alka selter. I am feeling alot better! I CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH!!!!! ~~~Sara Smith~~~

EC: Urine in the blood can indicate one of many conditions. Read more here: of Blood in Urine

Replied by Barbara Ann
Ada, Ok

I am in severe pain. I cry every time I use the restroom. Im taking 3 antibiotics, cranberry, pills, probiotic, azo and ibuprofen. Ive been to the emergency room also. Im not getting any better it seems. Does this really work? this is my first uti. What am I doing wrong?
Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand

I just read that MSM has had an approval from the FDA. For fighting bladder infections.. Since its the only thing the FDA has given its approval for regarding MSM. They seem to be a bit late at the party. Any way get some down you pretty quick.
Replied by Lily
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hi Barbara Ann, You really should be taking baking soda in water to alkalize your urine as well as the other products you are using. They sell special urinary alkalizers in the pharmacy where you got your antibiotics. Put between 1/2 - 1 tspn of baking soda in a glass of water. Hope this helps. Lily.
Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia

Also putting 1/2 cup sea salt in a bath of hot water to which you bathe for at least 20 minutes helps with a bladder infection.
Replied by Oscar Donate

Syracuse, New York

There is always good old cranberry juice. It worked for me when no antibiotics did. I don`t see how it can hurt. You want pure cranberry juice and not the so called cranberry juice cocktails. I was prescribed this treatment as 3 cups per day of pure cranberry juice by a VA doctor after trying every antibiotic available and it worked for a chronic urinary tract infection when nothing else did. It cleared the infection in about one week for me....Oscar
Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Hi Barbara - Here's some information on using D-mannose for bladder or kidney infections. It's by alternative health expert Dr. Jonathan Wright. You can get D-mannose at most health food stores - I'm sure they can order it in if it isn't in stock.

Here's an excerpt:

D-mannose is very safe, even for long term use, although most women (or the very occasional man) with single episodes of bladder or urinary tract infection will only need it for a few days at most. Although D-mannose is a simple sugar, very little of it is metabolized. It doesn't interfere with blood sugar regulation, even for diabetics. It creates no disruption or imbalance in normal body microflora. It's safe even for pregnant women and very small children.

If you read the comments after the article, you'll find how it's helped people. Cheers, Bess

Replied by Bette With A Pebble
Nj, Usa

Uva Ursi worked for me (Thank you Ted). I used up one two-ounce bottle of the liquid over the course of a day and a half by taking two teaspoons approximately every five hours (during normal waking hours) on an empty stomach. It does taste terrible. Also used Alka Seltzer original as needed for the pain; only needed two separate doses. Also used the sea salt as recommended by Ted.

For maintenance I now take a good probiotic, olive leaf, and lots of stuff that Ted recommends. Please, everyone, look back at the older posts, from Ted in particular, they are priceless when you are in pain.

Check out Ted's old post from 2005:

TED'S REMEDIES 03/23/2005: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand writes: "There are other herbal preparations that can be helped with UTI and they are taken usually 4 times a day:

1. Uva Ursi. Has antimicrobial and research has support its traditional use, usually 1-2 teaspoon of the herb.
2. Goldenseal Root. Also long known as a strong antibacterial agent to be used as tea or 1 teaspoon of dried herb in a cup of water.
3. Althea officianalis, used as cold infusion soaked in cold water and drink.
4. Galium aparine (cleavers) Has long history of use and taken with tea.
5. Zea Mays (Corn silk). Diuretic.
6. Buchu - Diuretic and antiseptic properties.
7. Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) - Diuretic, astringent and healing properties."

Replied by D From Canada
Waterloo, On, Canada

I have the same problem!

I really don't know what to do anymore. Last year I was 7 times on antibiotics for UTI and this year 5 times already. I did do all medical tests, all is perfect. I had a procedure-a camera into my uretra-ouch, and that doctor told me I am unlucky. I will not see him again.

Cranberry did not help, d-manose did not help, goldenseal did not help, teas with uva-ursi and marshmallow root, not helping.

I have to refill my antibiotics because if I have a little discomfort when I pee and I still hope that is only my imagination, in hour time I have blood in my urine.

I am very clean. Tried ACV with baking soda, and I vomit 10minutes later. ACV is OK by itself for me. If Ted(btw, I am on this website for two years already to try to cure this UTI and I see that are lots of wonderfull people with knowledge and willing to share ) or anyone else who has an advise please do share. My doctor put me on Premarin-estrogen) thinking that maybe I am dry and iritated. I inserted two doses of cream and after reading how this medication comes to us I decided to stop.

My diet is mostly veg. And fruits, very seldom fish. No dairy! Thank you
Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand

With regards to bladders. Dont forget they need zinc, far more than any other area of the body, that includes the reproductive system as well.. You can take all the herbal wonders in the world but if the essential elements are not in the body, they will just be builders waiting for the cement to arrive.
Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France

I used to have bladder infections a few years ago but not anymore. I did several things, I started drinking more water because I noticed that if it was very hot and I didn't drink enough I would get one. I also started peeing and washing myself after intercourse, I do it every time now. And using lube..... When I did a kidney and bladder scan to see if I had any problem, which I didn't, the doctor told me to wash myself with a French soap called Savon de Marseille which I have been doing ever since. No idea what helped exactly, maybe several things? By the way, I eat normally, fish, meat, eggs, everything except milk which I don't like! I hope this advice helps you because bladder infections are awful! And the antibiotics are awful too! By the way, peeing at regular intervals helps too, don't keep the urine inside! The cranberry pills or juice never helped me but I do take quite a bit of Vitamin C.
Replied by D From Canada
Waterloo, Canada

Thank you, Francisca, for your advise. You are very nice! I am doing the lube, pee and wash every time. Somehow I can not get rid of this bacteria.

The last urine test did show lots of white cells (infections) but no growth on the culture. I will stop having fruits for breakfast for a while to see if I feel a change. Maybe the sugar from fruits is the culprit. And, OMG, I loved my breakfast- juiced all king of berries with hemp/chia/flex seed, milk thistle, clorela, kelp, and a pinch of clove powder.

I will replace the fruits with vegetables to see.... I do not take vit C. Should I? I take: multivitamin, asthaxantin, D3, q10, b12, probiotic and baby aspirin 1/day. I need to find the source of keeping this bacteria still alive.

Thanks again

Replied by Ti
Houston, Usa

Some things that helped solve my bladder infection and which may help you are:

- Cranberry capsules

- Garlic (raw or from olive bar) 3-4 times dily 4-5 cloves each time

- 2 Tb ACV in 8 Ounces warm water 3 tie daily (away from meals)

- Good quality probiotics daily

- Yoghurt with active cultures

Changing underwear 3 times daily.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France

Hi D, I stopped having bladder infections before I started on the Vitamin C, so I can't tell you whether it helps but it won't hurt as Vitamin C is a very important supplement! Nowadays if I get any it is once a year and I cure it with either a lot of water or else, if that doesn't help, three days of antibiotics, not the ten days they usually recommend here (this lower dose was recommended to me by a doctor). Filling yourself with antibiotics will only make things worse. I don't know your age but with me the lube really helped as I started noticing that I never had any bladder infections if I wasn't in a relationship, so it had to be related. I think vaginal dryness also causes them. And washing myself with a very neutral soap, the recommended one being Savon de Marseille but that is a very French thing, you might not be able to find it. Usually you are told not to use soap but well, that was recommended to me by the doctor who did the kidney, bladder scan. He also suggested that the infections might be caused by the soap I used to wash my underwear which changed when I came to live in France but I don't believe that because I had had one years earlier in Holland, where I had lived for a number of years already and one in the USA where I didn't live and was just visiting for a short while, so washed no clothes. You have to try everything and find what works for you!


Hi D, It sounds like you may be getting UTI's from a yeast overgrowth in your system.... Cut all carbs! Esp. Wheat! And no sugar... Use pure xylitol. Cut all fruit except for papaya. Maybe research more into candida overgrowths.
Replied by Superearthmama
Salt Lake City, Utah

I have been plagued my whole life with UTI's; possibly an unfortunate side effect of abuse I experienced as a young child. I am 38 weeks, 5 days pregnant with my 3rd child and after 5 series of antibiotics just in this pregnancy alone I got extremely fed up with doctors telling me to try one more antibiotic. I have tried ACV, d-mannose, essential oils, homeopathics, and on and on. They all seemed to help (even more than the antibiotics ever did) to some extent. However, after learning that I still have a UTI (I rarely have symptoms, but the cultures look awful) and I am also GBS (group B strep) positive I am furious that modern medicine doesn't seem to have a clue how to help me get and stay healthy. (Just a side note- the only time my urine culture came back with very significantly reduced levels of bad bacteria was when I started using natural methods. )

I believe that almost anyone can find a natural remedy (quite likely on this site) that will effectively treat a UTI when used properly and for the right amount of time. But, I've been working hard to find answers as to how to create a more permanently healthier state for my body so that I don't have to constantly treat infections. I have also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, been on poisonous prescription medications for a few years (but my body ultimately rejected them when I got pregnant this time- I had to stop them to even be able to move without pain or be awake more than 3-4 hours/day), and ultimately I wanted a solution that could treat my overall health. A lifestyle plan is what I was looking for. There is loads of lifestyle advice out there, especially for diets, and much of it seems like it comes from competent, unbiased sources. Be warned, what I am going to tell you might sound crazy to some of you. But for those who would at least have an open enough mind to give it a try or at least research it, I hope this helps.

Now, there are common sense aspects to a healthy lifestyle that I think we all can generally agree with. These include: healthy sleep habits (which I personally think vary at least a little from human to human); being active (whether that means daily exercise or simply just moving around a lot, it should be obvious that movement is healthy for humans); and living as peacefully as possible (anyone in denial that healthy human spirituality & emotion are very vital to our physical well being is truly crazy- it even has scientific backing to it- I could go into depth, but I'm just going to hope that you all understand what I mean). I am not one that only wants what has been scientifically proven or established, but I do very much appreciate information that has been at least analyzed in a scientific matter. I like to start with intuition & common sense ideas, move on to research an idea or topic, see how it may or may not be validated, and then make a final decision based on the information I gather & my intuition.

I have just recently come across this information, but I feel so strongly about it that I can't help but share it. For those of you that believe in spiritual guidance by a higher force or being, you may especially appreciate how I came across the information. I wasn't even looking for it at the moment. I was actually on a classifieds ads list on my phone looking for a dresser for my baby. For some reason, something I must have seen or heard made me think of my days in high school when I was an FFA member. I gained the desire from FFA to raise some kind of livestock, but my home was not zoned for that. Ever since then, I've sort of fantasized about having a small farm, or at least a large garden. (I realize farming is hard work- my mom raised pigs growing up- but I have always sensed that she missed it. That must mean it had some significant intangible reward to it. ) Anyway, I started looking at the livestock section of the classifieds. The next thing I knew, I was googling about dairy cows just out of curiosity.

Then I came across a website (not sure if I can actually outright tell you the sight, but I'll give enough clues that you can find the info that is important), it had "real" and "milk" in the address. Anyway, I checked it out, clicked on some of the links. Basically, I spent about 30 hours of the next week researching the topic. I'm not one to just believe what I hear or read. I'm probably overly skeptical, but I think that's better than overly gullible. Anyway, after learning about traditional diets and the studies of Weston A. Price, I am pretty convinced that a lot of our health problems nowadays could be very easily addressed by considering the powerful information gathered by Mr. Price. There are a lot of people & organizations (many are govt organizations- I'm not inclined to be a conspiracy theorist however) that have, are and will continue to try to tear down the information you will find if you look at the studies of Dr. Price, but I can tell you from an inside perspective (I am personally related to several lobbyists that work for the people that benefit from you being misinformed) that they have a lot of motive to keep the general public from very well founded information. You will learn though that there are a lot of other people starting to see how our freedom to choose what we eat has and is being threatened. Thanks to honest, true scientists and agriculturists, there is good research out there and hope for the future.

For your sake, the sake of your family and all those out there that suffer with any ailment due to the modern diet, please take the time to research the information. Have an open mind, but you don't have to accept it at first wim. The best knowledge we can gain is earned and comes from unselfish sources. I don't think that those fighting against traditional diets are always bad people (the majority are very good and even well meaning people), but they are misinformed and often want to believe the information they are given because it benefits them in some way. Basically, they have demonized not only safe foods, but healing, amazing foods (such as raw milk- which has already done wonders for me & healed many others- however, there are 2 types of raw milk- do the research so you know which is which). Even if you choose to never drink raw milk or eat grass-fed meats or whatever, you should be informed of how wasted tax dollars (in most every country) are on controlling our food choices to the extent that it is only hurting people- not keeping them safe. I also recommend watching a documentary that combines the words "farm" and "armageddon". It will open your eyes, unless you are already too blind.

Replied by Missmary
Anthem, Az

I am replying to 'superearthmama's' post regarding UTI's and farm-fresh milk and grass fed livestock. You are so right on the money! We are being poisoned not only from the drugs the FDA approves, and the food on the shelves at the grocery store, they are now trying to ban supplements that heal and keep us healthy. It does sound that the good Lord was directing you to what you needed to read and know for yourself and your family and have you share your knowledge of what you have learned to help others. I wish too that more people would listen to what I have to say about it. Kudos to you, and..... Stay informed!
Replied by Edward Fontaine
Denver Co

There are many documentaries you can watch which are helpful in informing you on what has been happening with our food supply. If only most common people knew what is going on there would be hell to pay. Between the great genetic expirement GMO's/pharma meds/ being fast tracked to save big pharma money aka all the lawsuits on TV they are killing people with their meds and getting away with it, because they are protected from being sued most people do not know this fact. THANK YOU CONGRESS!!!! We all need to make our friends and family aware only when enough people know what is going on and take action will any of this change. Public TV shows many of these videos

Posted by RO (New York, New York) on 11/05/2008

[YEA]  for Urinary Tract infections use Alka Seltzer the original - it works!

Replied by Gaye
Myerstown, Pa., U.S.A.

How often do you take the ALKA SELTZER when you have a U.T.I.?
Replied by Re Soza
Az, US

Do I drink the whole cup of alka seltzer? It's really nasty, and I put two in my cup.

Posted by London (Sandusky, Ohio) on 10/17/2008

[NAY]  Alka Zeltzer did not work for my UTI. I did it for a couple of days, didn't work at all.