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Today I’m going to talk about bladder issues, and how you can help ease, treat, or prevent them. There are a few different kinds of problem I’m going to talk about, so hold on to your hats. Topics are: kidney stones, Cystitus (UTIs) and Urethritis.

Note: please talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing any trouble with urination.

Kidney Stones

Kidney Stones

Affect 1 in 1,000 people. Three times more men than women get kidney stones. They are most common in the South-Eastern United States.

 How they happen: kidney stones can happen anywhere in the kidneys or uterers. They are the result of the crystallization of substances in urine.

 Why they happen: Often formed during times of dehydration and stress. This can be external or internal stress. Internal stress taking the form of some other illness of infection.

 What are they? Primarily calcium, but can also be made up of magnesium, phosphorus and oxalate.

 Symptoms:

  • agonizing to pee
  • pain in the lower abdomen or groin
  • blood in urine
  • difficulty or lack of ability to urinate

Treatment Methods:

Herbal Treatments:

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Ginseng tea – drink a cup in the early morning and flush your body continually with water.

Fresh lemon juice in warm or hot water at any time as frequently as desired. The lemon will help break down the stones, the water will help flush your kidneys.

Celery seed, gravel root, parsley, and stone root. Pick one and make a concentration of it (by placing it in boiling water and letting it reduce down to ¼ of what you originally started with) taking a tablespoon a day.

Two tablespoons of olive oil and lemon per day.

Aromatherapy Treatments:

Fennel, geranium, juniper, or lemon. Dilute 1 or 2 drops into 2 (if you have sensitive skin 3) tablespoons of carrier oil massaged in above the bladder (both back and stomach). You can also add five or six drops to a bath.

Minerals:

Extra magnesium or B6 will help with kidney stones.

Prevention:

  • Drink your water. I know you hear it all the time, but that’s because it’s true
  • Avoid long-term taking a vitamin C supplements
  • Avoid lengthy use of calcium supplements (in fact, chances are you should probably not take calcium supplements at all)
  • Avoid long-term use of Vitamin D supplements.

Notes: Ginseng is safe short-term. Do not take ginseng long term. Ginseng can slow blood clotting. Ginseng may result in heart aggravation (palpitations, raised blood pressure)

 

Urethritis

What is it? Is an inflammation of the urethra.

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Why does it happen? In women it is typically caused by a bladder infection, bacteria, yeast, or more likely, exposure to chemicals (some spermicides for example). In men it can be a symptom of gonorrhea or Reiter’s syndrome.

Symptoms

  • Burning sensation of extreme pain when urinating
  • Blood in urine
  • Pus-filled yellow discharge (occasionally)
  • Excess vaginal discharge

Treatment

BarleyWater

Barley Water

Herbal:

Hollyhock tea (unless pregnant) drunk once or twice a day
Drink an infusion of buchu, coughgrass, or yarrow once a day.

  • Buchu has also been linked to clearing bladder infections in women
  • Buchu is not for long term use. Discontinue after two or three days. Or use it intermittently with other infusions such as yarrow.
  • NOTE: Buchu has been linked to miscarriages. DO NOT take Buchu if pregnant.

Cranberry Juice – the unsweetened kind
Barley water – no longer just for grandparents… and also strangely yummy (acquired taste)

Aromatherapy:

To ease symptoms put five or six drops of bergamot, lavender, or sandalwood (or any combination of the three) into bath water – they have antiseptic properties and are also soothing.

Vitamins:

  • Vitamin C acts as a diuretic to help flush the kidneys.
  • Acidophilius can be taken after using antibiotics (talk to a doctor about this one)
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Notes:

  • Drink lots of water. Still not a joke. Good for your kidneys, your liver, your metabolism. Just drink about 40 ounces every day. You can get the rest from food.
  • Buchu has been linked to miscarriages. DO NOT take Buchu if pregnant.
  • Consult your doctor. Take the antibiotics if they’re prescribed to you.
  • I am not a doctor although I did consult medical texts.

 

UTIs

Cystitis (UTIs)

Most commonly found in women after puberty and before menopause, but occuring frequently outside these guidelines.

What is it? Commonly referred to as Uriniary Tract Infections (or UTIs) cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder or urinary tract.

What causes it? Usually it’s the result of infection, bruising or irritation. Infection is normally caused by bacteria being transferred from the anus to the vagina. Irritation and bruising can be caused by barrier contraceptives (male or female condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, or contraceptive sponges) or by sexual intercourse (typically rough). UTIs can also be caused by bubble baths, soap, poor hygiene, dehydration, allergies (food or drink), pregnancy or menopause.

Symptoms

  • Burning during urination
  • Frequent need to urinate, though little urination occurs
  • Dragging pain in lower abdomen and back
  • Nausea, possibly vomiting,
  • Unpleasant smelling urine
  • Possibly blood in urine

Treatment

Herbal Remedies:

Hollyhock tea once or twice a day (do not use if pregnant)
Cranberry Juice
Garlic tincture
Barley water with lemon
Drink an infusion of buchu, coughgrass, or yarrow once a day.

  • Buchu has also been linked to clearing bladder infections in women
  • Buchu is not for long term use. Discontinue after two or three days. Or use it intermittently with other infusions such as yarrow.
  • NOTE: Buchu has been linked to miscarriages. DO NOT take Buchu if pregnant.

Aromatherapy:

To ease symptoms put five or six drops of bergamot, lavender, or sandalwood (or any combination of the three) into bath water – they have antiseptic properties and are also soothing.

Vitamins:

  • Vitamin C acts as a diuretic to help flush the kidneys.

Notes:

  • Drink lots of water. Still not a joke. Good for your kidneys, your liver, your metabolism. Just drink about 40 ounces every day. You can get the rest from food.
  • Buchu has been linked to miscarriages. DO NOT take Buchu if pregnant.
  • Make sure to consult your doctor

 

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