Homeopathic Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
What is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?
Urinary tract consists of the kidneys, urethra, ureters, and bladder. Sometimes, bacteria or germs enter your urinary tract and replicate themselves. This leads to a bacterial urinary tract infection. In most cases, these germs enter your urinary tract through the urethra, which is the tube used to flush urine out of your system. Once you become infected, you will notice swelling, redness, and pain in your urinary tract. It is important to treat it early or it may spread to the kidneys and turn into a more serious condition.
- Kidney related—Pyelonephritis. UTI that affects your kidneys and is called acute pyelonephritis, which shows symptoms such as high fever, nausea, shaking, and vomiting.
- Bladder related—Cystitis. Similarly, it can be cystitis, a condition in which you have infection in your bladder.
- Urethra related—Urethritis. Germs can also infect your urethra causing urethritis, which shows symptoms such as burning sensation with urination.
Women are especially prone to UTIs. One woman in five develops a UTI during her lifetime. UTIs in men are not as common as in women but can be very serious when they do occur.
What are the causes of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?
The most common cause of a urinary tract infection is a bacterium commonly found in the gut called Escherichia coli (E. coli). It is usually spread to the urethra from the anus (back passage).
You may develop a urinary tract infection as a result of:
- Certain diseases or conditions – such as differences in your changes in the anatomy of your urinary tract. You may have born with these differences, or developed later on in your life secondary to surgery or trauma (injury)
- You are more at susceptible to the symptoms of urinary tract infections if you have diabetes or are sexually active.
- Women who are pregnant are at a higher risk of urinary infections.
- Infections – abnormal bacteria or certain types of fungus (such as yeast) may have entered your urinary tract, and caused an infection. This may happen due to the way you cleanse yourself following a bowel movement. For women especially, if you wipe from the back of your rectal area, to the front of your body, you may contaminate your urinary tract, causing an infection.
- Men with an inflammation of their prostate (prostatitis) may develop urinary infections.
- Poor hygiene – people who do not cleanse themselves regularly may be more at risk for developing urinary tract infections.
What are the risk factors for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?
Risk factors for urinary tract infections include being female, menopause, wiping from back to front after a bowel movement, sexual intercourse, some types of birth control, douches, diabetes, urinary catheters, kidney stones, genitourinary surgery, or structural abnormalities of the urinary tract.
What are the Symptoms and Signs of a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?
- burning sensation when passing urine
- pain in your abdomen, pelvis or back
- general feeling of being unwell
- passing urine much more frequently than usual
- feeling an urge to urinate, but being unable to, or only passing a few drops
- urinary incontinence
- feeling like the bladder is still full after urination
- cloudy, bloody or dark, foul smelling urine
A person with an upper urinary tract infection or kidney infection can also experience:
- high fever
- nausea and/or vomiting
- loin (lower abdominal) pain
- back pain
What are some of the effective Homeopathic Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection ( UTI )?
Aconitum napelles: Micturation painful, difficult, drop by drop, urine fiery scalding hot, red or dark coloured.
Belladonna: Urine scanty, dark, turbid, frequent, profuse, with tenesmus. Haematuria where no pathological condition can be found.
Apis mellifica: Urine-Scanty high coloured, in drops with thirstlessness, last drop burns. Glomerulonephritis. Nephrotic syndrome, with excessive oedema and scanty urine output with sediments and albumin. Cystitis with scalding pain during urination.
Berberis vulgaris: Colic radiating, shooting outwards, sticking, burning, smarting, sore, insensible to heat and cold. Gurgling or bubbling sensations in the kidneys, especially, left sided. Pain in kidneys radiates to bladder, and then along hips into the thighs. Urine greenish, blood red, with thick slimy mucus, transparent reddish or jelly like sediment, turbid. Pain in thighs and loins on urinating.
Borax: A good remedy for urine infection especially in children. Babies cry after passing urine.
Chimaphila umbellate: Scanty urine, loaded with ropy mucopurulent sediment. Sugar in urine. Must strain before urine flow comes. Unable to urinate without standing with feet wide apart and body inclined forward. Burning and scalding during micturation and straining afterwards.
Clematis erecta: Urine flows by fits, starts or dribbles, strains out a few drops, then full stream flows. Stricture. Mucus in urine. Urethra feels like a large whipcord, painful on pressure. Burning in urethra during urination. Last drop causes violent burning.
Equisetum hyemale: Severe dull pain and feeling of fullness in bladder, not better by urinating. Frequent, intolerable urging to urinate with severe pain at the close of urination. More urging when bladder is nearly empty, and less urging and less dysuria when there is more urine. Constant desire to urinate, passes large quantities of clear, light coloured urine without relief. Much mucus in urine; cloudy.
Cantharis: Violent and aggressive action on tissues, especially mucus membranes of the urinary tract. Rapid inflammation followed by severe, destructive pathology. Burning, biting pains, as if raw. Burning, scalding urine, with cutting, intolerable urging and fearful tenesmus or dribbling. Tenesmus of rectum and bladder. Acts chiefly on the urinary and sexual organs, perverting their function and setting in violent inflammation, causing frenzied delirium stimulating hydrophobia symptoms. Constant and intolerable urging to urinate before, during and after urination. Burning, scalding urine, with cutting, intolerable urging and fearful tenesmus or dribbling stranguary. Urine is passed drop by drop. Intolerable urging with tenesmus. Urine scalds the passage. Jelly like shreddy urine.
Sarsaparilla: Pain from right kidney downwards. Renal colic. Severe pain at the conclusion of urination. Can pass urine only when standing during day, at night flows freely in bed, dribbles while sitting. Child screams before, and while passing the urine. Urine – scanty, slimy, flaky, sandy, bloody, white sand in urine. Bladde r- distended and tender.
Lycopodium clavatum: Pain in back before urinating. Flow slow, must strain, scanty. Child cries before urinating (Especially children, who wake up from pain, screaming, toss the limbs about). Red sand in urine.
Sepia: Thick foul urine, adherent, red, sandy sediment. Nocturnal enuresis, always during first sleep. Involuntary urination on coughing, sneezing laughing, fright or inattention.
Staphysagria: Honeymoon cystitis. Cystitis after every intercourse. Useful in young women who develop a constant urging to urinate or dysuria after coition. Ailments after catheter, lithotomy. Urinary troubles in old men with prostatitis. Burning in urethra when not urinating. Urinary difficulties after severe labour.
Nux vomica: Renal colic (right), extending to genitals and leg, with dribbling of urine. Cystitis with constant urging for small amounts, from heat or warm bathing.