UTI: Natural Remedies
UTI is an infection in any part of the urinary system that includes the kidneys, bladder, and urethra
More common in women
UTI is a very common illness that occurs more in women than in men. The good news is when the infection is mild it can be cured by natural remedies.
1. BANANA STEM JUICE
Siddha medicine system recommends plantain stem juice to treat the problem. The diuretic properties present in plantain stem increases urine output and help flush out bacteria and toxins in the urinary tract.
2. BEARBERRY (UVA URSI)
Bearberry has been a popular UTI remedy among the Native Americans. The glycosides present in Bearberry (Uva ursi) reduces bacteria in urine thus curing UTI.
3. AFRICAN WILD POTATOES
Zulu healers have been using African wild potatoes to treat the condition. The anti-inflammatory properties and glycosides in the African wild potatoes help to reduce UTI symptoms.
4. CRANBERRY JUICE
Drinking cranberry juice is found to be effective in relieving the UTI. Active compounds in cranberry reach the urinary tract and can prevent bacterial adhesion to the wall and hence lessen UTI symptoms.
5. HERBAL TEA
Herbal teas made of goldenseal, dandelion, cornsilk, boxwood or horsetail are also effective UTI home remedies.
Additionally, follow these measures alongside taking home remedies to treat UTI effectively:
1. Urinate when you need to 2. Wipe from front to back after urinating 3. Observe good sexual hygiene 4. Consume probiotics 5. Up your vitamin C intake
Staying hydrated is the key to treating as well as preventing UTI from recurring.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare provider before going for such natural remedies to be on the safer side.
Try any of these natural remedies at the onset of UTI symptoms. If the symptoms do not lessen or seem to aggravate, visit your GP.
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