CYSTITIS (URINARY BLADDER INFLAMMATION)
Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
Bacterial Cystitis – urinary bladder inflammation most commonly caused by a bacterial infection.
Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or non-bacterial cystitis, is known as an autoimmune disorder. Read about AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES > in order to know how to cope with this type of cystitis. The information below deals with bacterial cystitis.
Pressure in the lower pelvis, Painful urination, Frequent urination, Urine may contain traces of blood.
– Drink plenty of distilled or filtered water and especially herbal teas between meals at least 3 litres a day (12 glasses)! Dehydration worsen cystitis as both bacteria and chemical irritants are much more harmful when concentrated. You may add some fresh lemon juice or cranberry juice.
– Eliminate alcohol and all the methyl-xanthines from your diet including coffee, tea, chocolate, colas, green tea, Mate tea, etc. These substances irritate the bladder.
– Avoid highly acidic food and drinks (coffee, tea, alcohol, chocolate, cola drinks, etc.).
– Avoid (for at least 2-4 weeks, or until recovery) all animal products meat, milk, cheese, all dairy, and especially eggs which often cause a persistent cystitis. It usually clears up within a few days of leaving off all eggs from the diet.
– Avoid refined products, sugar, salt, fructose/glucose syrup, white flower products, vinegar.
– Eat especially raw vegetables, garlic, onion, onion green, cabbage, cauliflower, cranberries, etc. Or take 1 caps of Garlic max (HealthAid) every hour.
– Drink 2 glasses of fresh cold-pressed vegetable juices (carrot, kale, beet, etc.) with 1 teaspoon of barley grass or wheat grass powder, and 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric 3 times a day before meals.
– Vitamin D3 fights cystitis as it will boost the immune response. Take large dose of 50,000 IU a day for a week and then reduce to 30,000. After a month start taking 10-20,000 IU a day. Remember that the more vitamin D you take the more magnesium you need as it leads to its deficiency.
– Magnesium (citrate): 2 times 400mg.
– Key Herbs: Uva ursi (Bearberry), Golden seal.
– Less important herbs: Burdock root, Horsetail herb, Nettle leaf, Thyme, Basil, Mint, Raspberry leaf, Echinacea.
– Drink unsweetened cranberry juice or dried cranberries (not crystallised) soaked in water overnight.
– Colloidal silver or Bee Propolis in the form of tincture or capsules can be very effective against cystitis too.
– In case of acute symptoms, take one cup of herbal teas (mixture is recommended) every hour until significantly reducing symptoms.
– At the same time take a long hot sitting bath (without using soap) or make a hot compresses on the low abdomen area. It is the best pain reliever! As soon as you feel hot take a short 30 to 60 seconds of a cool shower. And repeat this procedure 3 to 5 taking hot bath for about 5 minutes followed by 60 seconds of cold shower. You should sweat and drink plenty of herbal teas before and after! Your urine must be pale or transparrent not yellow!
– Another excellent and very simple water treatment is Hot Foot Bath. Keeping your feet for about 30 minutes in hot water can be very helpful in boosting immunity and reducing inflammation, congestion and pain. The very important benefit of water treatments such as hot foot bath is its ability to move blood from different parts of the body such as from brain which is very helpful when the blood in the brain is congested and often overloaded with toxins and impurities. It might be very beneficial in case of pain, sinusitis, headaches, cancer, arthritis, any inflammation or even fibromyalgia which is believed to be caused by too much blood in the brain which overstimulates the nervous system leading to increased sensitivity to pain. Hoot bath can be very beneficial in those conditions because high temperature of water dilates blood vessels in feet. As a result the congested blood moves from the upper parts of the body including chest and brain to the lower parts which brings great relief. At the same time you need to put a cloth wrung out in ice water on your forehead and neck, as it will constrict the blood vessels in the head, which also helps to ease the congestion.
– You may also place an electric pillow on your lower abdomen area to sooth the pain.
– Keep lower abdomen and extremities warm all the time. If your hands and feet are cold keep them in hot water and wear worm gloves and socks.
– Eliminate all spices including pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, etc. as they severely irritate the urinary bladder.
– Avoid synthetic and tight underwear.
– Instead of sugar use Xylitol (birch sugar) is also helpful in ear infections as it has antibacterial properties. Mix one teaspoon with warm water and place the solution into the inflamed ear three times a day or more. Xylitol interferes with the bacteria’s ability to adhere to the infected cells. This also why xylitol is used in tooth pastes. Xylitol is also effective against bladder infections. Diabetics can use it as a sweetener it has low glycaemic index.