Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections and Cystitis

A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) (usually called cystitis in the UK)  is a painful reminder that when nature’s system of excreting liquid from our body goes awry, it makes everyone very uncomfortable.

UTIs happen when pathogens (usually E.coli bacteria) get into the urethra (the tube along which urine passes out of the body from the bladder). There are various ways this infection can occur, but whatever the cause the result is the same – pain and misery.

The bacteria attach to the walls of the urethra and bladder. Left untreated the infection may travel farther up the urinary system all the way to the kidneys, so it is very important to treat UTIs promptly.

Cranberry Juice:

BNA-5144For decades it has been well known that drinking cranberry juice is a surefire way to relieve UTI symptoms because sufferers have noticed that it works far better and more quickly than anything prescribed by conventional doctors.

Unsurprisingly, Big Pharma has fought back to protect their interests, publishing studies in the Journal of American Family Physicians in 2013 explaining that the connection between cranberry juice and relief from UTI is “tenuous at best”.

My advice is to try it for yourself. If you still need something else afterwards, here is another home remedy for UTI, though I’ve never tried it myself, as the cranberry works for me every time.

Quebra Pedra:

Quebra PedraThis is a remedy from the Amazon rainforest which has been used for generations to treat genito-urinary system disorders. It’s also helpful for stomach and kidney problems. Available in tea bags or capsules.

These Home Remedies for UTI, are for short term relief of the symptoms. If you get no relief in 48-72 hours, please consult your physician.