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Cystitis, infection of the urinary bladder



Various types of treatment for cystitis which is an infection of the urinary bladder.

Cystitis is infection of the urinary bladder. It is common in women of any age due to the shortness of the urethra making it easy for bacteria to reach the bladder from the outside. Cystitis affects men too, particularly those who have prostate problems. Approximately one in 10 of all patients seen by a general family doctor is suffering from urinary infections.

If you are a sufferer, antibiotics are your best bet. These usually clear the infection in a few days but many people prefer to use plant remedies instead. Preparations containing extracts of bearberry leaves (arctostaphylos uva-ursi), dandelion, echinacea, cranberry and others are promoted as being effective. On the other hand, there are also a small minority of patients whose infection worsened after taking cranberry juice or extracts. This should remind you that not all so-called ‘natural’ remedies are harmless.

Other complementary treatments for cystitis are:

  • acupuncture to reduce ‘damp heat’ which is thought to cause the burning and pain on urination
  • homoeopathy both for short- and long-term problems, with cantharis or staphysagria
  • hydrotherapy with baths to the lower part of the body


Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm