Urinary tract infection is associated with multiplication of microorganisms in the urinary tract. This is an infection of any part of your urinary system i.e. kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract that is the bladder and the urethra.
This spread to your kidneys, bladder and urethra causing
- Pain during urination
- Burning micturition
- Pain in Suprapubic region (i.e. lower abdomen)
- Fever because of infection
- Urine may have an unpleasant odor and appears cloudy
- Feeling the need to urinate despite having an empty bladder because of spasm of inflamed bladder wall.
The most common cause of UTIs is E.coli bacteria. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men because of the small size of urethra in women. Risk factors include sexual intercourse, unhygienic lifestyle, not wearing clean and washed undergarments, any obstruction in the urinary path because of stones, etc. Most common risk factor among them is the unhygienic lifestyle.
When treated properly urinary tract infection rarely leads to complications. But if left untreated, this infection can have serious consequences.
- Permanent kidney damage from an acute or Chronic kidneys infection
- Urethral stricture
- Sepsis which is a life threatening complication
The condition can be well managed with some Wonderful Home Remedies and aids in preventing severities.
Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection
There are some ways to protect ourselves from this disease which are mentioned below:-
1. Plain Water
Water is the first and very effective remedy for UTI.
Best Way of Consumption:-Drink plenty of water i,e. you have to drink one glass of water after every half an hour in a day, so that it can flush out the bacteria from the urinary tract through urine. Don’t go for drinks that carry alcohol.
2. Butter Milk
Basically this is a very ancient home remedy for burning micturation in UTI. Butter milk is a fermented dairy drink, generally known as Lassi / Chaach in India.
How to make:- Traditionally, it is the liquid left behind after churning butter out of cultured cream.
How to drink:- Drink 10-12 glasses daily in severe situations, and 7-8 in normal state of UTI.
Action and benefits:- It gives you a soothing effect from burning micturation and pain, also flushes out invaded bacteria through urine.
Botanically it is called Citrullus lanatus. This fruit is enriched with about 96% water. This is a highly cultivated fruit worldwide. This is considered as the best home remedy for UTI.
Properties:-This fruit has anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties. This will give you good results and you don’t have to consume any prescribed medicines if you drink watermelon juice daily.
How to consume:- You can consume Watermelon, either cutting slices or as a juice. Drink 8-10 glasses of its juice every day. Prefer not to add sugar in juice.
Botanically it is called Cucumis sativus. It contains 92% water. This will also give good results in UTI.
How to consume:- You can take 6-8 cucumbers in a day in UTI.
Action and benefits:- This will help in cooling down the burning micturition.
5. Rose Petals Jam
Rose petals jam is a very effective remedy in UTI.
How to prepare:- For knowing the best way to prepare rose petal jam at home.
Action and benefits:- This will help you to evacuate waste materials and remove toxins from the body.
How to consume:- Two teaspoonful twice a day.
6. Cranberry Juice
Cranberry is also called Vaccinium macrocarpon. This is a very effective remedy for those who have recurrent episodes of UTI.
Action and benefits:- This juice is acidic in nature and helps to flush out the bacteria which is invaded in our urinary tract.
How to consume:- 7-8 glasses of cranberry juice is very useful in UTI.
7. Sugarcane Juice
Botanical name is Saccharum officinarum. This is also an effective remedy for UTI. By drinking this juice, surely you don’t need any medications for UTI.
Action and benefits:- It helps in burning micturation.
How to drink:- Drink 10-12 glasses of Sugarcane Juice.
Garlic prevents you from dozens of diseases as it contains allicin, the compound with best natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Properties:- Entire Garlic possesses antimicrobial and antifungal properties as well.
Action and benefits:- It helps to terminate the bacteria that causes infection. Allicin eradicates the large range of bacteria.
How to consume:- Soak the peeled off garlic overnight in the water and consume directly empty stomach in the morning.
Following all the above mentioned Home Remedies will not only help you in UTI, but also in maintaining the proper functioning of various systems of the body. Include these in your daily diet plan to have a healthy body.
Also, do below modifications in your lifestyle for better benefits and prevention.
- Use hygienic undergarments
- Urinate Frequently
- Thoroughly wash and clean the genital parts before and after the sexual intercourse
- Before using public toilets, make sure to wash the seats properly.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an Expert Ayurveda Consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.