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Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder, usually caused by a bladder infection. The condition is often referred to as a ‘urinary tract infection’ or UTI. NHS Choices says it can be caused by not emptying your bladder properly, for example, because of pregnancy or an enlarged prostate, damage or irritation around the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body), bacteria being transferred from the anus to the urethra, for example, during sex.
The symptoms of cystitis are well known:
- an urgent and frequent need to urinate
- pain or stinging when urinating
- pain in the bladder
NHS Choices says that the symptoms of mild cystitis “usually clear up without treatment within a few days”. It offers several ‘self-help’ treatments, such as:
- painkillers like Paracetamol and Ibuprofen, which “can reduce pain and discomfort” but then tells you to read the information leaflet because of the dangers of doing so!
- drinking plenty of water is often recommended as a treatment for cystitis
- avoiding alcohol.
- refrain from having sex.
- using ‘urine alkanising agents’, such as sodium bicarbonate or potassium citrate, for a short period to relieve pain when urinating.
When the symptoms of Cystitis become more severe, or when it recurs regularly, Antibiotic drugs are then prescribed, with all their inherent dangers.
THE HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT OF CYSTITIS
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In acute cases of bladder infection, the following homeopathic remedies are the most commonly used and effective:
Useful at the beginning of a bladder infection, when the symptoms come on very suddenly.
Perhaps the best known remedy for bladder infections. People needing this remedy have burning, scalding pains during urination, with a constant, frequent, often overwhelming urge to urinate, but only able to pass it drop by drop.
Severe, hot burning pains, especially when passing urine. Urge to pass urine frequently to prevent leakage. Often used when Cantharis is indicated but does not help.
Severe pain during and at the end of urination; can urinate only in dribbles. Often a crusty urinary sediment.
Symptoms come on after over-indulgence, drugs or alcohol. There is pain before or during urination.
Flow is slow to start; may be back pain before urination which goes away afterwards; may need to pass urine during night
For cutting, burning pains, where little urine is passed and you feel chilly and irritable
Passes urine frequently, symptoms worse when lying down. Involuntary passing of urine mainly at night, when coughing, passing wind. Burning sensation during or after urination
For cystitis after intercourse.
Many of these remedies can be found in simple home-use remedy kits that can be obtained from these Homeopathic Pharmacies.