A Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine practising Holistic Health Care in the Woodbridge, Vaughan, Brampton, Caledon, Mississauga, and Toronto areas since 2001.

Woodbridge Naturopath: How We Help Bladder Infections

If you are experiencing excruciating pain while urinating, have constant lower back pain, or your urine is emitting a foul smell, you might be suffering from a urinary tract infection, or UTI.  If left untreated, it can lead to serious complications as well.

Woodbridge Naturopath:  Help for Bladder Infections

Woodbridge Naturopath: Help for Bladder Infections

When any of the organs that comprise the urinary tract becomes infected with bacteria, fungi or a parasite, it results in a urinary tract infection.  The urinary tract includes organs like the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.  The more specific and localized classifications include urethritis (urethral infection), cystitis (bladder infection) and pyelonephritis (kidney infection).

Urinary tract infection can be caused  by bacterial strains originating in the colon, like E-coli, and can be extremely painful and irritating.  Most urinary infections are limited to the bladder.  However, if the infection spreads to the kidneys, it can be life threatening.

Bacteria travel from the urethra to the bladder and then the kidneys.  Women are more susceptible to this type of infection than men because women have a shorter urethra and it is easier for germs to travel up to the bladder or kidneys.  Also, if you have an enlarged prostate or kidney stones which restrict or interrupt the urinary flow, you could be more susceptible to a UTI.  If you don’t drink a lot of water, you increase your risk of suffering from a urinary infection.  Urination flushes the urinary tract, but this is only possible when you drink sufficient amounts of fluid.

 

Woodbridge Naturopath:  Help for Bladder Infections

Woodbridge Naturopath: Help for Bladder Infections

If you notice symptoms of a bladder infection, it is important to have it treated quickly and properly.  Otherwise, it could lead to a kidney infection, which is far more serious.  Symptoms typically include a burning sensation while urinating, cloudy urine, a foul smell, occasional traces of blood in the urine, and feeling you need to urinate urgently and often.  It may also be very difficult to urinate, or to void completely.  If you are experiencing unbearable pain, or lower back pain, act quickly to avoid potentially serious complications.

The standard conventional treatment for a urinary tract infection includes a normal course of antibiotics.  However, if you are looking to do things a bit more naturally, Naturopathy offers a number of options that can help.  Herbs such as Uva Ursi, Golden Rod, Berberis and Corn Silk in proper combination can be very effective.  Homeopathic remedies can also provide fast relief, with Cantharis, Berberis and many other single and combination homeopathics.  Probiotics are important to control the types of bacteria present in the colon, and proper wiping (from front to back) will reduce bacterial contamination.

Cranberry has long been touted as a cure for bladder infections, but only the pure, unsweetened juice should be used.  If you start filling up on that delicious cranberry juice from your local grocery store, it will only add sugar to your system, which will lower your immune system and feed the bacteria.

Woodbridge Naturopath:  Help for Bladder Infections

Woodbridge Naturopath: Help for Bladder Infections

 

Instead of dabbling in remedies, trying a little of this and a little of that, it’s important to consult your Naturopathic doctor for safe and effective treatment of your urinary tract infection, and a proper health prescription.

 

 

 

2 responses to “Woodbridge Naturopath: How We Help Bladder Infections”

  1. Kim Bregman says:

    can you help with overactive bladder? I have already had prolapse surgery, tried a few meds, and had Botox injections for bladder-it still wakes me all night long- help!!!
    Kim

    • Linda Brown says:

      Overactive bladder – Hi Kim, yes, there are a number of naturopathic treatments that can help with bladder issues, including overactive bladder. Herbal and homeopathic remedies, as well as some energetic therapies that I do in my office may be of benefit to you. You can call my office at 905-851-2216 to book an appointment. I’m sorry for the delay in responding – this message somehow got filtered out!

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