Homeopathy treatment for Bladder Infections (Cystitis)
Bladder infections are caused by microorganisms that colonize the bladder in susceptible patients. Bladder infections may have no apparent symptoms even though bacteria can be cultured from the urine. Symptoms may also occur with no apparent infection.
The most common symptoms are urgent desire to urinate, frequent urination, bladder pain, low back pain, and burning pain before, during, or after urination. Bladder infections occur most commonly in women following sexual intercourse, especially with a new partner. Bladder infections can also occur after waiting too long without urinating or going too long without drinking liquids. Catheterization is a common source of bladder infections in hospitals and nursing homes. Bladder infections often come on with sudden severity, but can progress gradually.
There is risk of bladder infections ascending up the ureter to cause acute pyelonephritis, a serious infection of the kidneys. Pain along the sides of the mid-back along with urinary frequency, urgency, and pain is indicative of a kidney infection and requires immediate treatment.
Does the person need to urinate frequently?
Do they urinate in an unusual posture or position?
What color is the urine?
Is there sediment in the urine?
"My bladder and urethra feel very swollen and stinging." Apis
"I have a terrible burning pain in my bladder and blood in my urine, and both came on very suddenly." Cantharis
"I've got to go, I can't hold it back, but it hurts so badly to urinate." Mercurius corrosivus
"I feel burning where the urine comes out at the end of urination." Sarsaparilla
"I get a bladder infection whenever I have sex with a new partner." Staphysagria
When did the symptoms begin? Was there a causative factor?
How quick was the onset of symptoms?
How severe are the symptoms?
Do you experience pain? Where? What type of pain?
What makes the pain better or worse?
Do you have frequent urination?
Do you have urgency (have to run to the bathroom)?
Do you feel any pain in your back?
Pointers for Finding the Homeopathic Medicine
The most common medicines for bladder infections are Cantharis and
• Think of Apis if the pain is mostly stinging and burning, there is any swelling, the last drops 'feel scalding, and the urine will not come out easily.
• Give Cantharis if blood in the urine is prominent or the pain is excruciating. Cantharis has the most extreme bladder symptoms.
• If the major symptom is frequent, intense urging with very severe pain, give Mercurius corrosivus .
• Sarsaparilla is a very common medicine for women's bladder infections .
• If the major symptom is burning in the urethra at the close of urination, give Sarsaparilla. If it doesn't work, look at Staphysagria or Cantharis.
• If the bladder infection comes on after sex, consider Staphysagria first.
· Give three pellets of 30C everyone to two hours until you see improvement.
· If there is no improvement after three doses, give a different medicine.
· After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.
· Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more often (every one to four hours depending on the severity of the pain and urgency).
· Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) usually need to be given only once but may need to be repeated if the' symptoms of the bladder infection are severe or return after initial improvement.
What to Expect from Homeopathic Self-Care
Bladder infections respond best if homeopathic treatment is begun as soon as the symptoms first appear, since they can progress very rapidly in some cases. Homeopathic medicines can relieve the pain of the bladder infection and stimulate the immune system to eliminate the infectious microorganisms. Where inflammation is present without infection, homeopathic medicines are also effective. Acute homeopathic treatment will only address the immediate infection. Constitutional homeopathy is highly effective in reducing underlying susceptibility to prevent future bladder infections.
Other Self-Care Suggestions
Drink as much water as possible.
· Take cranberry concentrate or capsules to acidify the urine. Cranberry juice is adequate if that is all that is available, but it has a high sugar content.
· Urinate whenever you have the urge.
· Avoid horseback riding or other activities that put pressure on the urethra and bladder.
· Take bladder herbs such as Oregon grape, Bucchu, Pipsissewa, and Uva ursi every two hours until symptoms improve. The dosage will depend on whether it is a tea, capsule, or tincture.
· Some people get bladder infections from being chilled; if so, bundle up.
· If citrus fruits aggravate your bladder, a void them.
· Prevention suggestions include drinking liquids frequently and urinating as soon as possible after you feel the urge and after sex.