Chronic Bladder Infection Remedies

| Modified: Sep 19, 2020
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Frequent or chronic urinary tract infections can be wearisome to the body and mind. Finding the cause, changing some habits and adding some natural remedies to the routine can prevent and even bring permanent resolution to long term bladder infections.

Earth Clinic readers have found success using remedies like apple cider vinegar, d-mannose, and alkalizing formulas for bladder infections. However, chronic infections are serious and medical evaluation should be sought for ongoing bladder issues.

Risk Factors Associated With Chronic Bladder Infections

  • Anatomic abnormalities
  • Poor immune function
  • Hygiene oversights
  • Dehydration
  • Low estrogen levels
  • Continuous catheterization
  • Kidney stones
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological diseases

Natural Remedies for Chronic Bladder Infections

Making use of one or more of the following remedies on a daily basis can make all the difference in avoiding chronic UTI’s or preventing frequent attacks.

1. Hydration

Keeping the body well hydrated is important for general health and in keeping the urinary system flushed in particular.

Using quality liquids for the majority of the fluid intake is important. Plenty of pure water daily is essential.

Coffee and soda should be kept to a minimum and may need to be avoided all together for sensitive individuals.

2. Herbal Tea

Plantain or dandelion tea are teas that can be used daily that benefit the urinary system.

For occasional use, cornsilk, horsetail, and juniper berry also benefit the urinary system.

3. Cranberry

Quality cranberry juice is used daily as a UTI preventative for many.1 For prevention of infection 3 ounces of pure cranberry juice (make sure it has no extra sugars or artificial sugars) can be used. It is easiest to take added to another juice like 100% grape juice or apple cider. Cranberry capsules are another option for those who do not enjoy cranberry juice or need to keep sugars to a minimum.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar, a top bladder infection cure can be used daily to prevent UTI’s. 2 teaspoons are added to a tall glass of water. Consume this tonic daily. Or use the following tonic:

Earth Clinic's UTI Prevention Tonic

  • 3 ounces of pure cranberry juice
  • 2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • 5 ounces 100%  concord grape juice

5. D-Mannose

The simple sugar D-Mannose prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder and allowing them to be flushed out of the system. D-Mannose supplements are easy to take daily as a preventative.

6. Vitamin C

1 gram of vitamin C, in the form of sodium ascorbate powder, can be taken several times daily to optimize immune function.

1 gram of Vitamin C before and after intercourse is another way to use vitamin C to prevent bladder infections.

7. Zinc

Zinc is often deficient in the diet. A simple zinc supplement supports healthy immune function.

8. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is another important vitamin for the immune system. Because vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin (and will not be flushed out of the system like water-soluble vitamins) it should not be taken in large amounts over long periods of time due to the risk of Vitamin D toxicity.

If daily sunshine is not an option, a modest supplement of vitamin D may be appropriate. Having vitamin D levels checked through labwork if wise if Vitamin D supplements are taken long-term or in high doses.

9. Helpful Hygiene Practices for Chronic UTI’s

The admonition to wipe from front to back after emptying the bladder is important to heed to prevent bacteria from reaching the bladder entry.

Emptying the bladder after intercourse (within an hour) is also crucial.

10. Topical UTI Prevention Salve

Topical use of coconut oil and tea tree essential oil after intercourse can also be used to prevent chronic UTI’s.
Here is Earth Clinic's simple recipe:

  • 20 drops of organic tea tree oil
  • 2 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil

Keep this oil mixture in the bathroom and used daily, after intercourse, or as needed.

Everyone responds differently to remedies. It may take time to figure out the best cure or combination of cures to keep UTI’s at bay. Be encouraged to persevere and please share your remedy (or combination of remedies) for chronic UTI’s when you have figured it out!

Sources:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4519382/

Related Links:

Bladder Infection
Bladder Issues


Ginger

Posted by Sandrini (France) on 10/23/2019
5 out of 5 stars

I have a great trick for chronic UTIs! At least it worked for me: eating the equivalent of a dice of raw ginger every day. I discovered it by accident.

I had a constant subtle pain like the beginning of a UTI for almost a year! It was so annoying. Nothing came up in my blood and urine analysis, it was so frustrating. Sometimes I was having a crisis, got antibiotics, the acute pain was gone, but that annoying little pain remaining, like a little pinching. And then I had a cold and a friend recommended raw ginger (add milk, or yoghurt, or some food, it's very acidic!).

Well my flu didn't stop, but within 2-3 days my UTI symptoms totally disappeared. I continued taking it for about one week or two. And it has been gone.it's now been about 2 years.

When I feel the slightest beginning of pain(it really almost never happens) I just eat some ginger, smaller quantity now. I hope this helps someone too.


Oregano Oil

Posted by Wendy (Columbus, OH) on 02/20/2019
5 out of 5 stars

My experience with bladder infections (UTIs).

Over many years, I've been prescribed Cipro for recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Five years ago, I tore my left hamstring simply taking one step from my porch into my home! It has never completely healed, although doing leg exercises has strengthened the surrounding muscles in my leg. Then, @2 years ago, the hamstring area directly behind my left knee "popped" again by just taking a small step up into a restaurant. My nutritionist back then let me know about the debilitating side effects of these particular antibiotics.

Recently, since my kidney transplant 3 years ago, and since my immune system is compromised due to the immuno-suppressants, I've been getting the monthly UTIs again. Docs put me on 3 different antibiotics over these past months, including Cipro, to stop the infection. However, after each 10-day course, I'd get another infection 4 days later! Turns out I had the klebsilla pneumoniae super-bug (most likely in my digestive tract/intestines), which is NOT killed off by the antibiotics, thus causing and allowing (IMHO) the UTIs to recur! I then did my research, and discovered the essential oil, Oil of Oregano, which is purported to kill off the super-bug.

I started taking it regularly and for the past 3 months have not had another UTI. Now, when I initially had a urinalysis done the superbug count (the klebsilla pneumoniae) was greater than 100,000!

Since then, I've had very minor UTI symptoms (I can spot them a mile away!), and each time have requested a urinalysis & culture only to find out that the results are clean. I attribute these current mild symptoms to "cheating" with sugar and "bad" carbs (for me, it's breads, pastas, ice-cream, caffeine, etc.).

Once I cleaned up my diet, and added the D-Mannose/Cranberry supplement (found at WF), I've had no symptoms whatsoever.

Also, anyone else suffering from recurrent UTIs, super-bugs, etc., please do your research and meet with a qualified health professional, including functional medicine professionals, keeping your primary doc in the loop! You need to be very careful ingesting/using new homeopathic remedies because everyone is different, and these remedies could affect different people differently!

Also, per the Oil of Oregano instructions, do not take it (capsule form or liquid form) longer than 2 weeks at a time, which is what I did. I took it for 2 weeks, then took a 1-2 week break, then only took it again for another 2 weeks IF I still had symptoms. Of course you really need to get both a urinalysis AND culture done (ordered by your doctor) to confirm exactly what bug you have.