From the now known cranberry to the less famous D-mannose, passing through herbal teas and lactic ferments. Here are some natural remedies useful for treating and preventing cystitis
Who has had it knows well what are the symptoms of cystitis: among the most frequent and debilitating are burns during urination, pains in the lower abdomen and the frequent need to urinate. Women are the most affected, but men are not entirely immune to them. THE risk factors they are varied and range from poor personal hygiene to unregulated feeding, from a lowering of the immune system to constipation. Keeping these aspects in check is a good way to prevent it. But once you have the first discomfort you have to intervene: with the antibiotic (on medical prescription) but also with some natural remedies, including supplements, herbal teas and lactic ferments.
Cystitis, what it is and what causes it
Cystitis is ainflammation of the bladder. In the case of bacterial infection from Escerichia Coli, the most widespread, it is appropriate to resort toantibiotic, after consulting the doctor of course. If instead cystitis is triggered by other factors, such as virus or mushrooms, the use of this drug is not strictly necessary. Indeed, its abuse could cause the opposite effect, that is the development of real colonies of antibiotic-resistant germs and bacteria, thus transforming a trivial cystitis into a chronic malaise.
Cranberry and D-mannose, the most effective natural remedies
The most effective natural remedies for cystitis are mainly two: the cranberry or cranberry and the D-mannose. The positive effect of the small fruit of American origin is now confirmed also by various scientific researches. Her antibacterial properties help to relieve symptoms and, for the same reason, it can also be used in via preventive. In the first case better the capsules, in the second it is recommended to take two glasses of juice a day for two weeks. The cranberry is also useful because it can make the mucosa of the urinary tract non-stick to the bacteria, thus preventing their reproduction.
This same function also performs the D-mannose, a simple sugar with low glycemic content, which is extracted from birch or larch wood. Also, the bacteria in the bladder, by binding to the D-mannose, are more easily expelled, thus reducing healing times. Usually found in herbal, in capsules or in powder: for the dosage better to consult with an expert.
Alternatively or alternating with the cranberry, you can also use thebearberry, which according to modern phytotherapy is the best anti-inflammatory of the urinary tract. This should be taken in extract (in the form of tablets) at the first burns to counteract the infection and calm the urge to continue urinating. Or in the form of tisane, which is prepared with 1.5 grams of leaves left in infusion in 100 ml of water: the recommended dosage is two or three cups a day. Since incorrect use can cause irritation, medical supervision is still recommended.
Drink so much water and off to herbal teas: yes, but which ones?
One of the ways to eliminate bacteria inside the bladder is to drink lots of water: at least two liters a day, preferably at room temperature, even better if hot. Here then is that also herbal teas they prove to be useful natural remedies against cystitis. The one at mauve, for example, it has calming and anti-inflammatory properties. To prepare the decoction, simply boil the flowers and fresh leaves for ten minutes and then filter them.
Another effective infusion is thenettle, because it has a diuretic effect. In this case it is better to use two tablespoons of dried leaves, to be left to infuse in boiling water for about ten minutes. The herbal teaechinacea instead it is perfect to prevent cystitis because it has the power to strengthen the immune system. Among the particularly diuretic herbs then there is also the hawkweed, a perennial herbaceous plant very similar to the dandelion, which can even triple the volume of urine, as well as having soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Also in this case the herbal tea is made with dried leaves, which must always be left to infuse for about ten minutes.
Lactic ferments are also important
Cystitis can also be caused by a reduction in the favorable micro-flora present on vaginal mucous membranes. This has the task of protecting the genital organs and keeping the acid pH in balance, thus avoiding the attack of pathogenic bacteria which can cause infections and diseases. This state of alteration can be caused by imbalances in the intestinal microflora caused by the intake of antibiotics, drugs or contraceptives, by an unregulated diet, by constipation or from the use of aggressive intimate cleansers. In these cases it is advisable to prevent or treat inflammation restore the "friendly" bacterial flora, taking lactic ferments once a day for at least a couple of weeks.