Problems associated with the bladder can come with painful symptoms that are also difficult to manage. Often they bring a generalised feeling of being unwell and stir up feelings ranging from anxiety to embarrassment. This blog gives a description of UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infections), with some remedy suggestions to use yourself.
For self help, a well-matched homeopathic remedy can bring relief to the immediate symptoms. But if you experience recurrent or persistent symptoms, seek professional help from a homeopath. Chronic, stuck symptoms are a sign that the body is working hard to resolve a problem but is struggling to do so. A course of homeopathic treatment aims to stimulate the body’s healing system to help it move through its symptoms quickly – bringing relief and phasing out the repeating pattern. Homeopathy works with the body to bring improved, overall health.
UTI’s are particularly common and can affect any part of the urinary system – the urethra, bladder, ureters or the kidneys. If symptoms are ascending to or towards the kidneys, this is a deeper, more serious concern than if they are in the lower parts of the system. This is because the body expresses symptoms in the least harmful way of which it is capable, so when deeper organs become involved, perhaps also with chills or a raised temperature and vomiting, it needs help. Always seek professional advice for symptoms that you are concerned by.
Common symptoms of UTI’s include abdominal pain, a strong and persistent urge to urinate, discharge, burning urination, urine that is cloudy and strong-smelling or that appears red or pink (indicating that there is blood in the urine). Even though the symptoms usually fade over a couple of days, during that time, the person may feel very poorly and unable to go very far from their toilet and a hot water bottle.
Some self-help suggestions
- Drink more water to flush through bacteria and other organisms from the urinary tract and to dilute the strength of the urine to decrease pain.
- Avoid eating spices as they heighten burning pains.
- Hygiene – keep the genital area clean and dry, whilst allowing natural discharges to do its own job of cleaning – don’t be too clean!
- Routinely drinking cranberry juice has a reputation for lowering the chances of succumbing to a UTI.
I have given some remedies that are commonly indicated for the symptoms of UTI. Homeopathic remedies are matched to the person’s individual symptoms, so look for a symptom picture which most closely matches yours.
CANTHARIS: The patient complains of an intolerable, constant urge to urinate at very short intervals.
The urine is hot and there is a burning sensation while passing the urine. It can be followed by pain and itching. There may be blood in the urine. A very characteristic feeling that urine is flowing drop by drop.
It produces burning and pain in the urethra. The patient becomes restless.
APIS MELLIFICA: For intolerable burning pains
The patient complains of severe, hot burning pains and soreness while passing urine. The amount of urine becomes scanty.
The urine may pass involuntarily as the urge to urinate is very frequent. The last few drops burn violently.
There is a characteristic stinging pain while urinating. The person likes to be busy and may feel better from cold.
EQUISETUM: Equisetum is a popular homeopathic healing agent for urinary tract issues. The patient complains of a feeling of fullness in the bladder.
There is a constant urge to urinate. The patient is not relieved after passing urine.
There is a characteristic symptom of equisetum that there is a violent pain at the closure of urination.
The patient complains of a cutting pain in the urethra.
This is a remedy used for treating urinary tract infections in pregnant women and in children.
STAPHYSAGRIA: The urinary tract infection caused by sexual intercourse can be very efficiently treated by this remedy.
It is helpful for newly married people with increased urinary frequency. The urine flow drop by drop.
There is a sensation of fullness in the bladder. Burning sensation remains constant even while not urinating.
Urging and pain increase after passing urine. Staphysagria is helpful for elderly patients who suffer from prostate issues.
It is also used to treat discomfort and urinary infections after kidney stone surgery.
PULSATILLA: For frequent urge to urinate with burning pains.
Pulsatilla is helpful in the urinary tract infection which is accompanied by spasmodic pains in the lower abdomen.
The pain remains constant before and after urination. Sometimes, the urine is passed involuntarily.
Sensitive and mild people who suffer from urinary tract infections can benefit from this remedy. Citrus juices and cold beverages worsen the symptoms.
Potency and Dosage
Use a 30c or 200c potency.
Add 2 pills to a 500 ml bottle of water. Sip from the bottle every half an hour while symptoms are severe, giving the bottle 10 vigorous shakes between sips. When symptoms improve, stop the dose, re-starting only if they worsen again. Remember that the remedy is stimulating your own healing so don’t overdo doses – your body only needs a little nudge.
If there is no improvement, or if symptoms become worse, seek another remedy match or consult a homeopath.
Get in touch with me – If you suffer from persistent UTI’s and have not found help to relieve your symptoms, book a chat with me or give me a call. I am very happy to talk to you about how homeopathy may help you.