Beat Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) without antibiotics
My regimen to heal my stubborn UTIs with herbs
Unfortunately, herbs work slower than antibiotics, but they do work. This is my UTI herb regimen that actually worked:
– UVA URSI tincture (3-4x 1 dropperful/day)
– GOLDENSEAL or YERBA MANSA tincture (3-4x 1 dropperful/day)
– Large amounts of Chamomile tea (drink often) and lots of warm & nourishing soups.
– Propolis Capsules (3-4×2 daily)
For pain relief add Silk Tassel (a great smooth muscle relaxant).
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You will see improvements quickly, but as with an antibiotic, you should stick with it for at least 5 (but rather 7 or more) days. If you stop too soon, it will come back in about 24-36 hours.
Nature’s antibiotics: Propolis
I have heard the urban legends about Propolis but I did not try it until I had no other choice than to rely solely on it. I was visiting a friend in Brazil, and I had no access to the health system but I needed something. My local friends told me they always use propolis for UTIs and it worked for them. So -given no other option- I gave it a try. It was a full blown UTI with excruciating pain & a little bit of blood, but Propolis cured it slowly. It took about 3-4 days to get better, and it was completely gone in about a week. It was slow… and I was really sceptical… but it worked. Now I usually take 4x 60-70 drops of propolis tincture a day for at least 7 days, sometimes longer. And it still works. But be prepared, a real strong propolis tincture is not very yummy.
Then there are the herbs.
I use Chamomile and Yarrow primarily. Chamomile helps to heal inflammation and relax the uterus, and yarrow is used to “disinfect” the urinary tract.
And in California, there is a helpful native plant to the rescue, Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi), also known as bearberry. It has been used medicinally since the 2nd century. Native Americans used it as a remedy for urinary tract and related infections. Uva Ursi may be taken in tea or tincture form. First I tried it after a round of antibiotics did not do anything and in combination with Goldenseal it cured that stubborn UTI. Uva Ursi may not be taken for extended periods of time because of possible liver damage, but it’s a useful little herb if you get UTIs only a few times a year. Sometimes I add Calendula flowers and Juniper berries to my teas, but Comfrey and Slippery Elm are useful additions, too.
1 tsp baking soda in a cup of water will help ease the pain down there. It neutralizes acidic urine and relieves the burning sensation.
For more herbal remedies read Kiva’s blog and her approach to treat urinary tract infections with herbs.
Note: This entry is a summary of my experience with herbs and UTI’s, not a medical advice. Urinary tract infections should be taken seriously. If you experience fever during your UTI, consult with a licensed physician immediately. Untreated urinary tract issues can quickly turn into a life threatening kidney infection.