(NaturalNews) Contrary to conventional medical wisdom, antibiotics are not the first treatment of choice for urinary tract infections. Antibiotics should only be used as a last resort in treating bodily inflammation and infection. Antibiotics have been overused during the last fifty years and this has diminished their effectiveness. They also have negative side effects such as the weakening of the digestive energy so should only be used when absolutely necessary.
A urinary tract infection or UTI is a bacterial infection that occurs when bacteria invade the urinary tract system. Infection like symptoms can also appear in the urinary tract during high stress periods when bodily inflammation is pushed down into the lower organs. While the majority of urinary tract infections or UTIs are not life threatening, symptoms such as pain, burning upon urination and diminished energy levels are very uncomfortable.
Milder cases of urinary tract infections can be treated and eliminated through the use of kitchen remedies that include baking soda, cranberry juice, blueberries and even pineapple juice. High doses of Vitamin C, preferably in a naturally occurring form, can also treat the problem. It is absolutely important, to eliminate all forms of concentrated sugars. Raw greens should also be used liberally in order to alkalize the blood.
In the more severe cases of cystitis the problem can be eliminated by using either D Mannose or the right combination of medicinal herbs. D Mannose is a naturally occurring simple sugar which differs from ordinary sugars in that it interferes with the ability of certain bacteria and particularly the e coli bacteria to stick to the walls of the urinary tract.
The most stubborn urinary tract infections can be eliminated by using powerful infection fighting herbs that specifically target the location of the infection. Herbs such as Buchu and Uva Ursi are good. Chinese medicinal herbs such as Pyrossia, Dianthus, Gardenia, Scute and Gentian represent a powerful cystitis fighting combination. The traditional formula Long Dan Xie Gan Tang or Gentian Combination is highly effective. Complimentary Prescription's Acti Biotic is good, ITM's Pyrossia 14 is effective and Traditional Botanical Medicine's Clear Bladder Formula contains ingredients that have proven to be effective in treating even the most stubborn infections.
Dosing is critical when using herbal medicine. Medicinal herbs must be taken in high doses during the acute phase. The dose can then be lowered once the infection clears but must be sustained for at least two weeks in order to eliminate all bacteria and prevent reinfection.
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