The key times when urinary infections occur are at the start of sexual intercourse and in the menopause, due to a change in the bacterial flora of the bladder.
The female urethra is very short and this makes it easy for cystitis causing bacteria to ascend through it and stick to the mucous membrane of the bladder, where they multiply until an infection occurs.
We can also come across urinary infections in males, but these are normally associated with prostate problems. The bacteria Escherichia coli (E.coli) is the main cause of these types of infection.
What are the symptoms of cystitis?
The usual symptoms are: irritation, itching, pain when passing urine and other urinary annoyances.
The patient feels a strong urge to urinate but can only manage to pass a tiny amount. The cystitis is considered to be recurrent when it occurs more than twice every six months, for up to three years.
If the infections of the urinary tract aren’t treated thoroughly, they can become chronic to a point where they can turn into a full blown kidney infection.
The most important advice is to increase the intake of fluids – 1.5 to 2 litres of water a day. Cranberries, pro-biotics and vitamin C are all useful in preventing future infections when cystitis appears on a regular basis.
Which remedies should I use?
Homeopathy can improve or even clear up cystitis.
A doctor should always be consulted if:
- Cystitis appears in a man
- The pain is unbearable
- There is a temperature of 38C and above
The appropriate resources should be selected according to the symptoms that have been observed in each case.
A few homeopathic medicines are:
This is the most widely used remedy: there is a burning sensation when urinating that is felt in the bladder, the urethra and the meatus.
The patient feels pain and burning that are heightened when the bladder contains a few crystalline drops of urine. The pain can be felt before, during and after urinating.
Even when the bladder is empty, there is a constant urge to urinate (tenesmus). To summarise, the patient needs to urinate but can only pass a couple of drops and this is extremely painful. For acute cases such as this, 3 granules will be taken every half hour.
Mercurius corrosivus 5C
The pain is more aggressive than with the previous medicine. Urination is extremely painful and the pain increases as the bladder is emptied.
The urine is scarce, dark and sometimes discoloured by blood. The symptoms are worse at night. In acute cases we will take 3 granules every half hour.
Pareira brava 4 or 5C
The patient feels an urge to urinate that is unproductive. Urination is difficult and takes a lot of effort. It is painful and the pain radiates to the muscles and genitals. This medicine works well for urinary infections in human beings. In acute cases, we will take 3 granules every half hour.
Apis mellifica 5C
This remedy is appropriate for a sudden onset of cystitis in a patient who drinks very little, urinates infrequently and sometimes has traces of albumin in their urine. The patient feels pain and burning through the ureters and kidneys during urination. The symptoms are aggravated with heat and improve with cold compresses. When the illness is at an acute stage, we will take 3 granules every half hour.
The urine is dark, sometimes haemorrhagic, with a strange smell, named “purple” . There is burning pain during urination that radiates towards the kidneys. We will take 3 granules 3 times a day.
Formica rufa 4 or 5C
This remedy is used in cystitis that has been caused by E.coli. The urine is plentiful and smells unpleasant. You may find albumin or excessive uric acid in the urine. The condition worsens when it is cold, particularly when it snows, and with dairy products. We will take 3 granules 3 times a day.
Equisetum hiemale 4-5C
This is a remedy for acute or chronic cystitis that causes a pain in the bladder that is not relieved by urinating. The urine is not very viscous or profuse and is sometimes accompanied by mucus. This remedy works well in conjunction with silica. It can also be used for the treatment of enuresis, especially in children affected by silica.
Anticolibacillaire Serum 6D
This remedy is used in patients with a history of acute cystitis. It should be taken 4 to 6 times a day.
As with the previous remedy, it can be used as a supplement to other treatments. It is also useful for the treatment of recurrent cystitis. We will take 5 granules once a day.
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