Urinary Tract infections are very common and vary from uncomfortable to agonising. In fact, doctors estimate that half of all women will get a UTI or cystitis at some point in their life.
Look out for:
• A burning feeling when you urinate
• Cloudy, bloody or strange smelling urine
• A frequent or intense urge to urinate
• Pain in your lower back
• A fever (which means the infection has developed)
A doctor will likely treat it with antibiotics, and they are usually effective, but come with various side effects or downsides – so if you can treat it yourself just as effectively and without any negative side effects, why not give it a go?
There are a few homeopathic remedies which treat all UTI’s at varying stages and its simple enough for you to treat yourself at home.
For a mild UTI Nat-phos 6x is great. Take a dose every hour for a few hours and you should get rid of the problem very quickly. (If you’re wondering whether or not to invest in this remedy yourself, it’s also great for indigestion – taking a pill every hour or so will stop the pain and is likely to make the next attack milder until you no longer suffer from indigestion at all).
Cantharis is perhaps a better choice if you are experiencing cutting or burning pains before, during and after urination. Try Cantharis 30C or 200C and repeat every 30 minutes or so, 3-4 times to see if it improves. If there is improvement, repeat as necessary until better – if there is no improvement your remedy choice is wrong and you need to select another. (Again if you are wondering whether to add this remedy to your first aid kit – it’s a great remedy to treat burns!)
Apis 30C or 200C is a better choice if the pain is burning and you feel internally rather rushed and harassed. The last choice is Pulsatilla, this too has burning pains, but a different feeling – normally you feel a little weepy and pathetic rather than rushed and annoyed (Apis).
Well good luck – better not to need any of these, but they really are effective so if you do develop a UTI take the remedy which fits your symptoms and it won’t be a problem for long.
If symptoms do persist or you have a chronic problem do please contact a professional homeopath for more individual help.
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