Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.
Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men are. Infection limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying. Serious consequences can occur if a UTI spreads to your kidneys.
Signs and symptoms of UTI may include:
- Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
- A burning feeling when you urinate
- Cloudy, dark or bloody urine
- Strange-smelling urine
- Pain in your back or lower abdomen
Natural Cure for Urinary Tract Infection
Uva ursi, also known as bearberry (because bears like eating the fruit), has been used medicinally since the 2nd century.
It is used primarily for urinary tract disorders, including infections of the kidney, bladder, and urethra; swelling (inflammation) of the urinary tract; increased urination; painful urination; and urine that contains excess uric acid or other acids.
Uva ursi is also used for constipation and a lung condition called bronchitis.
Researchers have discovered that this herb helps reduce inflammation and fight infection. They believe the herb works best when a person’s urine is alkaline since acid destroys its antibacterial effect. Uva ursi works best at the first sign of infection.
The herb is easily available at drugstores in supplement forms.
How to Use:
Pediatric: Do not give uva ursi to children.
Adult: Uva ursi is toxic in high doses and should not be used in pregnancy or by anyone who has a kidney infection. Talk to your doctor before taking it. Recommended adult dose is:
Tea: Soak 3 g of dried leaves in 5 oz. of water for 12 to 24 hours. Strain and drink hot or cold 3 to 4 times per day.
Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should take herbs with care, under the supervision of a health care provider.
Uva ursi should be taken only for short periods – no longer than 5 days – under a health care provider’s supervision. You shouldn’t take a series of doses of uva ursi more than 5 times in 1 year. Do not take more than the recommended doses.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and people with high blood pressure, should not take uva ursi. People who have Crohn’s disease, digestive problems, kidney or liver disease, or ulcers should not take uva ursi.
Reported side effects are generally mild and include nausea and vomiting, irritability, and insomnia.