Last Modified on May 22, 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.
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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[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 UTI...no 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.
[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.
[YEA] 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!!!
[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.
[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.
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YEA (1) 100%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!
YEA (1) 100%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.
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YEA (13) 76% NAY (2) 12% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 6% WARNING! (1) 6%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 Nonie (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 01/21/2012
[YEA] 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 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!
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.
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Posted by Michele (Spring Grove, Pa - Usa) on 12/01/2009
[YEA] 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!!!
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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
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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.