Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.
Women are at higher 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:
- A burning feeling when you urinate
- Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
- Strange-smelling urine
- Cloudy, dark or bloody 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’s used primarily for urinary tract problems, 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 better when a person’s urine is alkaline since acid destroys its antibacterial effect. Uva ursi works better 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 unwanted side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you need to take herbs with care, under the supervision of a health care provider.
Uva ursi needs to 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. Don’t take more than the recommended doses.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and people with high blood pressure, mustn’t take uva ursi. People who have Crohn’s disease, digestive problems, kidney or liver disease, or ulcers shouldn’t take uva ursi.
Reported side effects are usually mild and include nausea and vomiting, irritability, and insomnia.