It is a common problem for women – and can be an issue at times for men as well.
Symptoms can include a burning pain before, during, or after urination; a frequent and urgent need to urinate, although only small amounts of urine may come out; and cloudy or bloody urine. A person may experience pain or tenderness in their lower abdomen or back, fever, and a sense of being ill. These may also be signs of a urinary infection and will require treatment and monitoring by a medical professional.
Bacteria can get into the urinary tract many ways:
- Wiping from back to front after a bowel movement if you are a woman. Germs can get into your urethra.
- Waiting too long to pass urine. When urine stays in the bladder for a long time, more germs are made, and the worse cystitis can become.
- Anything that makes it hard to completely empty your bladder, like a kidney stone.
- Having diabetes, which makes it harder for your body to fight other health problems.
- Loss of estrogen and resulting dryness in the vagina after menopause.
- Having had a catheter in place. A catheter is a thin tube put through the urethra into the bladder. It’s used to drain urine during a medical test and for people who cannot pass urine on their own.
- Having sexual intercourse. Germs in the vagina can be pushed into the urethra.
Take care of yourself (drink lots of fluids and rest). The following homeopathic remedies may be used to alleviate your symptoms while you are waiting to see your medical practitioner .
The key to getting a great outcome with homeopathy comes from matching the characteristic symptoms of the patient to those of the remedy. Characteristic symptoms are often the ones that are particularly intense or peculiar - not common. Be a good detective and you can often get great relief with homeopathy.
Below is a list of the top 3 remedies I have found useful for patients, followed by a more comprehensive list of remedies commonly used for the condition:
*Catharis: a remedy par excellence for cystitis. This remedy is the most commonly used remedy for this condition; frequent strong need to urinate from even the smallest amount of urine, with much burning (can at times feel like a red hot iron is passing along the urethra), cutting and stabbing pain during urination; urgent need to empty bladder, urine often passes in small amounts; may feel urging to go again just after urination. Patient can be restless, frantic with the pain.
*Nux vomica: a very effective remedy when you see blood in the urine and have chills or are generally colder since the onset. Usually there is a frequent, ineffective urging to urinate with great pressure but only a few drops are passed. Can lose urine if unable to get to the toilet in time. Can have spasmodic cramping during urination, with urge for stool. Urine can be hot. The mood is often grumpy and irritable.
*Staphisagria: the greatest clue to needing this remedy may be the cause leading to the condition: 1. after frequent sex, especially in new relationships, 2. in prostate enlargement, 3. after delivery or catheter, 4. after great anger that is not expressed. Burning in urethra when not urinating; urging and pain after urinating in prostatic troubles of old men.
Other remedies to consider:
Aconite: cutting, tearing pains – with burning. Urine can feel hot on passage. Urine can be scanty. Patient is often thirsty as well as anxious and restless. Onset can follow exposure to cold.
Apis: excessive pain in the region of the bladder. Frequent, painful and scanty urination. Much straining for just a few drops. The pains are always burning and stinging. The patient is better from cold – worse from heat – and is typically thirstless.
Mercurius: frequent urination, urine passes in drops with much pain; burning pain can be worse when patient is not urinating. Urine is often quite cloudy. Patient is thirsty despite having a moist mouth. Patient may perspire profusely – particularly at night.
Pulsatilla: much urging to urinate… in fact often great urgency felt – impossible to delay. Urine is very painful to pass – often with a burning sensation. Cannot lie on back without desire to urinate; urine may pass in dribbles, and may be involuntary at slightest provocation (cough, sneeze, laugh, surprise). Patient is most often touchy, changeable and weepy. Feels better from reassurance, and from fresh air.
Sepia: patient is compelled to keep their mind on their bladder lest they lose their urine. Constant urging. Can also have very sudden desire to urinate – with a pain like the cutting of knives. Urine can be milky and burn like fire.
Sarsaparilla: unbearable pain in urethra at the end of urination; patient often needs to stand to urinate freely – dribbles when sitting.
Dose with either a 30C or 200C potency to start - placing one pellet under the tongue or one pellet in water, stirring vigorously and taking teaspoon doses as needed. Always cease dosing when relief begins and only redose if symptoms again worsen. Stay well-hydrated.
Other tools to consider:
Many people find (and studies have demonstrated) that drinking unsweetened cranberry juice can help flush bacteria from the bladder. And a staple I rely on in practice is d-Mannose, sold in health food stores, which is a naturally derived sugar that actually prevents harmful bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall and colonizing there. These two additions to the correctly-chosen homeopathic remedy are almost a sure thing to help alleviate your urinary symptoms.
About Dr. Lisa Samet
Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a regular column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. She is perhaps best known as a guest expert on homeopathy used by Dr. Mehmet Oz M.D. on the popular TV program - the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.
Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as long distance using Skype. Learn more here: Dr. Lisa Samet. You can follow her on Facebook as well.