Disorders of the urinary tract system, which includes the kidneys, the ureter, and the urethras.
Symptoms vary, ranging from urinary tract infections, excessive need to urinate, pain that radiates along the urinary tract, difficulty urinating, and urinary incontinence (see Bedwetting). Cloudy, pus-filled, and blood-filled urine are other possible symptoms.
Nocturia is characterized by excessive urination during the night and can be an indication of early diabetes, kidney, heart, or liver disease. If not due to a serious disease, it is usually due to obstruction, such as an enlarged prostate gland (in men).
Straining, changes in force of stream of the urine, and hesitancy are other types of urinary problems and usually indicate signs of bladder obstruction and are more common in middle-aged to older men.
Dysuria, which is characterized by pain or burning sensations during urination, usually indicates inflammation or irritation of the bladder or the urethra from a bacterial infection.
Incontinence, causes urination to occur without warning, often after sneezing, laughing, running, or coughing.
Painful urination is characterized by pain anywhere in the urinary tract that can also radiate to different areas of the body, such as the low back, chest, pubic bone, and the abdomen.
Urinary problems can be due to a variety of factors. The most common causes are bladder obstruction, benign prostate hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), bacterial infections within the urinary tract, stretching or aging of the muscles of the pelvic floor, injuries from childbirth, cysts or fibroids on the uterus that push down on the bladder, excess stress, allergies, and a delayed reaction to recent infections of the respiratory tract, heart, skin, or kidney disease. All of these factors must be screened for and treated before long-term relieve of urinary problems can be achieved.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
For urinary infections, organic cranberry juice can help inhibit bacteria from sticking to the cells lining the bladder. For urinary incontinence, avoid all beverages containing caffeine, as it has been shown to cause the muscles around the bladder to contract and exert additional pressure. The following foods and additives can also irritate the bladder: coffee, non-herbal tea, artificial sweeteners, carbonated beverages, and tomato-based foods. Also screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic. Otherwise, eat an organic, whole foods diet.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Recommended nutrients include, vitamin B1, vitamin C, and a complete multivitamin/multimineral formula. Adding a teaspoon of baking soda to pure, filtered water can help alkalize the body, thereby alleviating urinary problems due to over-acidity in the body.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day nc.vitaminstrength.com for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Krill oil – www.krilldoctor.com
Fish oil – www.shoporganic.com
Cod liver oil – www.drrons.com
Vegetarian – www.sunfood.com
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
Vital Balancing. Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
- Shilajit (Mineral Pitch, Asphaltum)
- Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris)
- Punarnava (Boerrhavia diffusa)
- Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
- Chandan (Santalum album)
Elaadi-choorna, taarakeswara ras, Chandraprabhavati, Pravaala-bhasma and Chandanaasava are also recognised as some of the important ayurvedic medicines which can effectively treat this condition. An effective remedy can be made by mixing the powders of cardamom—one part, root of paashaanabheda—half part, purified shilajit—half part, and long pepper—half part. Take this preparation in doses of three to four grams with half a glass of water in which rice has been washed, twice a day. Your ayurvedic practitioner may also recommend applying alternate hot and compresses over the bladder or powder of saltpetre (shorakshar) applied over the bladder and covered with a wet cloth.
Another recommended ayurvedic therapy is to boil 20g of corncob hair (hair of maize) in water and drink the infusion. Alternatively, take half a cup of decoction of equal parts of the fruits gokshura (gokhru) and coriander (dhania) three times a day. Paashaanabheda (bergenia ligulata) root powder will also help. Take a teaspoonful. But consult a licensed practitioner before taking any of the remedies.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Acupuncture can be extremely beneficial. The following TCM remedies are also known for treating the condition: Mu Tong (akebia stem), Che Qian Zi (plantain); Bian Xu (knot grass); Qu Mei (dianthus); Hua Shi (talc); Dai Huang (rhubarb); Zhi Zi (gardenia) and Gan Cao (licorice.) You may also want to ask your practitioner about saw palmetto, Long Dan Xie Gan Tang, Wu Ling San Pain, Bei Xie Fen Qing and ba Zheng San.
For urinary tract infections, use sandalwood, bergamot, or juniper essential oils.
Take a bath to which one or more of the following essential oils have been added: bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, and sandalwood. Receiving a massage with these oils can also be effective for reducing pain in the lower back and/or around the pubic region.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Aconite, Apis mel., and Cantharis are useful homeopathic remedies for most types of urinary problems.
An infusion of equal parts bearberry, dandelion leaf, and nettle can be helpful for soothing irritations along the urinary tract. Drink hot, three times a day or as needed. For blood in the urine, drink comfrey root tea. For difficult or burning urination, a mixture of fennel, horsetail, jasmine flowers, and licorice tea is helpful. Buchu, burdock, coriander, cornsilk, echinacea, goldenrod, juniper berries, marshmallow root, and shave grass teas are useful for relieving symptoms of urinary tract infections. Skullcap is recommended for urinary incontinence.
Other useful herbs include fresh parsley (eaten raw or taken as a tea), couch grass, goldenseal, marshmallow leaf, and uva ursi (also known as bearberry). These can be taken as teas or infusions.
D-mannose powder is a very powerful urinary tract cleanser that makes it difficult for bacteria to gain a foothold in the urinary tract.
Juice Therapy: Organic cranberry juice.
Blueberry: Although not as well known as cranberries for treating a UTI, blueberries have also been shown to be an effective remedy for a urinary tract infection. You can eat fresh organic blueberries, make a smoothie from frozen berries or even blend pure blueberry juice with pure cranberry juice to harness the healing power of both of these berries.
Pineapple: Rich in vitamin C and bromelain, pineapple can help you fight off infection while also reducing inflammation. Bromelain has been shown to help resolve urinary tract infections, while vitamin C is a known immunity booster.
Vitamin E-Rich Foods : Foods rich in vitamin E help stimulate your immune system and destroy urinary tract bacteria. This vitamin helps your body repair urinary tract cells damaged by infection. You can obtain vitamin E from food sources such as whole wheat pastas and breads, eggs, olive and vegetable oil, kale, lentils, spinach and watercress.
Calcium- and Magnesium-Rich Foods: Foods rich in calcium and magnesium help reduce the symptoms of urinary tract infections. Calcium helps reduce inflammation of the bladder, kidneys and urethra. Magnesium aids in the absorption of calcium and is necessary for the production of anti-stress hormones that can ease urinary tract pain. Calcium is available in foods such as milk, cheese, broccoli, salmon and spinach. You can obtain magnesium from beef, fish, avocados, brown rice, walnuts, bananas and apples.
Mustard oils for UTI treatment: Mustard oils derived from horseradish root and the nasturtium herb can be used as treatment for UTI, according to a 2006 study published in the Arzneimittel-Forschung journal. The study found that a combination of extracts from horseradish and nasturtium, two plants from the mustard family containing volatile mustard oils as the active ingredients, demonstrated antimicrobial properties, meaning they kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms like bacteria. Researchers stated that the combination of these two supplements is a rational treatment for UTI and upper respiratory infections.
In a similar study published in the Arzneimittel-Forschung journal that same year, participants took either antibiotics or an herbal drug combining horseradish and nasturtium. The group who took the antibiotics experienced an 87.9 percent decrease in symptoms versus 81.2 percent in patients who took the herbal drug. However, researchers found that the herbal drug had a clear advantage because the participants taking the supplement needed fewer supportive procedures and administration of concurrent medication.
Grapeseed extract: Grapeseed extract is also an effective treatment for UTI and other infections. The supplement promotes activity to fight bacteria that are causes of urinary tract infections. Grapeseed extract also has antifungal and antiviral properties to treat infections caused by fungi or viruses. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends taking 100 milligram capsules or five to 10 drops of liquid grapeseed extract three times a day for treating infections.
Lifestyle: To address incontinence, contract the bladder muscles 100-500 times throughout the day. This can greatly improve bladder control.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong –Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Reverse urinary incontinence with a rebounder: www.naturalnews.com/031253_urinary_incontinence_solutions.html
Weight loss improves bladder control in women: www.naturalnews.com/020342_diabetes_weight_women.html
Urinary Tract Infections and TCM: www.tcmpage.com/hpurinary_infect.html
Urinary Tract Infections and Ayurveda: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2964762/
Herbs that heal urinary tract infection: www.naturalnews.com/035742_herbal_remedies_urinary_tract_infections_bacteria.html
Urinary Tract Infections and Homeopathy: www.truestarhealth.com/Notes/2262002.html
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Collodial Silver NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Ayurvedic home remedies and urinary problems: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SXzFrZ1w70
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Urinary tract infection and natural cures: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4cMOWM5sZQ
Home remedies for urinary tract infection: www.dailymotion.com/video/xag6rg_natural-home-remedies-for-urinary-t_tech
Natural cure for bladder problems: www.naturalnews.com/025559_weight_incontinence_women.html
Meditation treats urinary problems: www.naturalnews.com/026233_incontinence_women_bladder_control.html
Vitamin D fights urinary tract infections: www.naturalnews.com/031194_vitamin_D_urinary_tract_infections.html
Cranberries stop urinary tract infections: www.naturalnews.com/036490_cranberries_urinary_tract_infections.html
Uva Ursi herb reverses urinary tract infection: www.naturalnews.com/027540_uva_ursi_urinary_tract_infections.html
How a simple sugar can stop UTI dead in its tracks: www.naturalnews.com/026759_infection_urinary_tract_sugar.html
The body has its own anti-biotic to fight UTI: www.naturalnews.com/019639_infection_urinary_tract_antibiotic.html
Further Information (links and books)
A Seat on the Aisle, Please!: The Essential Guide to Urinary Tract Problems in Women by Elizabeth Kavaler; Heal Pelvic Pain: The Proven Stretching, Strengthening, and Nutrition Program for Relieving Pain, Incontinence,& I.B.S, and Other Symptoms Without Surgery by Amy Stein; Saving the Whole Woman 2nd Edition: Natural Alternatives to Surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence by Christine Ann Kent
Permanently Beat Urinary Tract Infections: Proven Step-by-Step Cure for Urinary Tract Infection and Cystitis. All Natural, Lasting UTI Remedies That Will Prevent Recurring Infections, Caroline D. Greene; Saw Palmetto for Men & Women: Herbal Healing for the Prostate, Urinary Tract, Immune System and More, David Winston.
Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
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Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.
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