The Naturopathic Advisor
Natural lifestyle has teamed up with experts at CNM (Collage of Naturopathic Medicine) to answer some of your burning health questions. This issue, you asked:
Is there homeopathic help for cystitis?
Yes, there are a many very good homeopathic remedies for cystitis. If you are prone to frequent bouts of this bladder infection I suggest that you consult a homeopath for individualized advice which can address the cause, which is always the most effective way to help prevent recurrence. Many people have found they become less susceptible to cystitis after homeopathic treatment.
For situations appropriate to self-help, see if your symptoms match one of the 3 homeopathic remedies listed below. Buy the remedy from a homeopathic pharmacy, in the 30c potency, and when you feel symptoms coming on, suck one pill under your tongue, 3 times per day, stopping on improvement. If symptoms do not start to improve within 6 hours of taking the first dose, consult a homeopath, or homeopathic pharmacy, or your GP.
Cystitis can lead to a kidney infection so consult a GP if you have blood in the urine, sharp pain around the kidney area, or additional or prolonged symptoms.
Painful urging to urinate but the patient can pass only dribbles. There is a burning pain before, during and after urination, which is scalding. The patient feels irritable.
Sepia may be suitable for recurrent urinary tract infections. There may be a history of thrush and antibiotic use. The woman has a loss of libido, because sex is painful and she fears cystitis may result. She is also worn out and irritable. The cutting type pains are worse before urination and the bladder feels heavy and weighed down.
Cystitis may come on after intercourse, surgery, a pelvic exam, or after anger or grief that is not expressed. Pains are worse before and after urination and it feels as if a drop of urine is constantly passing along the urethra. The patient will be feeling very emotionally sensitive.
Alongside your chosen remedy, drinking 3 litres of water per day will help to flush out bacteria. Avoid coffee and alcohol. Nettle tea is helpful, also cranberry juice, or cranberry capsules. Eating alkaline foods such as vegetables is very helpful and something you should be doing long term.