40% of women will suffer at least once in their life from cystitis, a urinary infection not to be taken lightly. In addition to the generally prescribed antibiotic treatment, natural solutions can prevent and relieve pain. Here is the top 10!
1 / Quercetin to relieve inflammation
The Quercetin is a flavonoid found in red fruits (this is what gives them their color) but also in apples, onions, black tea, broccoli or nuts. In addition to its powerful antioxidant properties, Quercetin is an anti-inflammatory that relieves pain in case of interstitial cystitis according to a 2001 US study.
Put Quercetin-rich foods on the menu as often as possible and supplement as needed with supplementation.
2 / The cranberry to space the crises
Cranberry was already used by Native Americans to relieve urinary pain. These are the antioxidants that cranberry is particularly rich that would prevent bacteria from clinging to the bladder wall.
If you consume cranberry juice, pay attention to sugar levels, sometimes very important according to brands. You will also find cranberry in the form of cranberry concentrate as a dietary supplement.
3 / Orthosiphon to drain the urinary tract
Orthosiphon (or Java tea or cat mustache) is a plant found in Asia and Australia, known for its diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. Orthosiphon is recognized by the European Medicines Agency as an adjunct to minor urinary disorders. It is not recommended, however, in case of heart problems.
In herbal tea, count 15 g of dried plant per liter of water. Let infuse and drink throughout the day in times of crisis.
4 / The tea tree to relieve pain
Used in essential oil, the tea tree (or tea tree) is an excellent option in case of cystitis. Why? By its effectiveness to counteract the bacterium Escherichia coli responsible for the majority of cystitis that has been scientifically proven. The tea tree is also interesting for its anti-infective virtues.
You can use it orally, 1 drop in the morning on a sugar or in a teaspoon of honey or massage (in the lower abdomen) diluted in a neutral oil.
5 / Water to dilute germs
Women with cystitis spontaneously want to reduce their water intake to limit painful urination. This is a mistake, because drinking promotes the dilution of germs and also allows a more efficient and faster evacuation of bacteria.
Drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water a day, spreading the catch throughout the day.
6 / Thyme to fight infection
Thyme is one of the most popular medicinal plants, with reason. Known for its powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties, it is also antifungal, antiseptic, immunostimulating. An ally of choice in case of cystitis.
The simplest is to consume thyme in the form of herbal tea. Infuse 15 minutes a handful of dried thyme in a large volume of hot water, filter and drink every 4 hours or so.
7 / Acupuncture to prevent recurrence
A study conducted by a team of Norwegian researchers in 2002 concluded that women who regularly suffer from cystitis reduce the risk of relapse by half by following two sessions per week of acupuncture. Another older study had reached the same results.
If repetitive cystitis is poisoning your life, you can try acupuncture. In France, this practice is supervised and only a doctor who has undergone specific training can practice.
8 / Rest to allow the body to defend itself
The more the body is called upon to fight an infection or an inflammation, the more the immune system needs to recover. Stress, like fatigue, is a risk factor for repeated cystitis.
Try to adopt a healthy lifestyle and get enough sleep.
9 / Probiotics to restore vaginal flora
The vaginal flora, just like the intestinal flora is subject to important variations linked to external or internal factors (excess or lack of hygiene, tight clothing, antibiotics, hormonal disorders …). In case of unbalanced vaginal flora, several studies agree that the risk of developing a urinary tract infection, and therefore cystitis, is more important. The probiotics effectively restore the vaginal flora balance.
Favor a probiotic strain that has been proven in the rebalancing of vaginal flora (Lactobacillus in particular) and opt for a supplement that contains at least 5 billion bacteria per capsule.
10 / Baking soda to limit the acidity of urine
Sodium bicarbonate is naturally alkalizing and can be useful for balancing a transient acidity (related to the absorption of a food for example) that would end up in the urine. On the other hand, it is contraindicated to people paying attention to their salt intake.
Dilute a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink after the meal.