Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects any part of the urinary system- bladder, ureters, kidneys, and urethra.
If the infection only affects your bladder can be painful and annoying, but if it spreads to your kidneys can cause serious consequences. It is a fact that women are at greater risk of developing UTI than men are.
Signs and symptoms of UTI may include:
- A burning feeling when you urinate
- Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
- Cloudy, dark or bloody urine
- Strange-smelling urine
- Pain in your back or lower abdomen
- Natural Cure for Urinary Tract Infection
There is a fruit that has been used medicinally since the 2nd century and it is called Uva ursi or bearberry ( because bears like eating the fruit).
It is used primarily for urinary tract disorders, including infections of the bladder, urethra, and kidney; increased urination; swelling (inflammation) of the urinary tract; painful urination; and urine that contains excess uric acid or other acids.
This amazing fruit can also be used for a lung condition called bronchitis as well as against constipation.
According to many researches, this herb helps in reducing the inflammation and fights infection, and they believe that the herb best works when a person’s urine is alkaline since acid destroys its antibacterial effect. Start consuming it the minute you notice the first sign of infection.
The herb is easily available at drugstores in supplement forms.
How to use:
Pediatric: Children should not use uva ursi in no case.
Adult: Anyone with a kidney infection, or when pregnant, should not use this herb since it is toxic when taken in high doses. First, consult with your doctor. The recommended adult dose is:
Tea: In 5 oz of water soak 3 g of dried leaves and leave it for 12 to 24 hours. Strain and drink hot or cold 3 to 4 times on daily basis.
Take this kind of herbs with care, under the supervision of a healthcare provider since they can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements or medications.
Take Uva ursi no longer than 5 days under a health care provider’s supervision. Also, don’t take series of uva ursi more than 5time in one year.
People that should not take Uva ursi are pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with high blood pressure, people who have Crohn’s disease, with digestive problems, ulcers, and kidney or liver disease.
Reported side effects are generally mild and include nausea and vomiting, irritability, and insomnia.