When it hurts or burns while peeing, is the first thing that comes to mind a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?
This may be a common thought to have, but this symptom doesn’t automatically mean you have a UTI.
Get a proper diagnosis first because it could be a pelvic floor dysfunction or another health issue. But, in the case it is a UTI, don’t stress! This blog is going to compare natural at-home and homeopathic remedies you can use.
Before we jump into that…
Did you know that women have a 60% chance of getting UTIs? This is because women have a shorter urethra than men, making them more vulnerable to bacteria.
A UTI is an infection in any part of your urinary system and comes in many types, depending on the infected organ. The most common infections are cystitis (bladder), vaginitis (vagina), urethritis (urethra) and pyelonephritis (kidneys).
Signs and Symptoms of UTIs
Generally, the most common symptoms of UTIs are:
- Urgent and frequent need to pee even at night
- Painful or burning sensation when peeing
- Pain above the pubic bone
- Difficulty emptying the bladder
- Cloudy, bloody, or strong-smelling urine
But if you’re getting chills, fever, pain in the lower abdomen or in the back, vomiting, and unbearable pain when trying to pee along with these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. This could be a sign that the infection has reached your kidneys.
Causes of UTIs
UTI occurs when a bacterium called Escherichia coli (E. coli) enters the urinary tract and multiplies. In most cases, the bacteria find their way through the urethra, or rarely, the bloodstream.
Here are several factors that may increase your risk of having UTIs:
Frequent and intense intercourse especially with multiple partners
Use of irritating products or contraceptives
Pregnancy or menopause
Weak immune system
Contraception or heavy use of antibiotics
Blocked flow of urine
A previous history of UTI or urinary surgery
Having a urinary catheter
Prostate problems for men
Inborn complications in the urinary system
UTIs are diagnosed through analyzing a urine sample and (possibly) followed up by imaging tests.
In the traditional healthcare system, the first line of treatment for UTIs is an antibiotic prescription. But if there are physical obstructions, doctors might recommend stronger medications or surgery.
But is taking antibiotics or surgery only or the best way to go? Definitely not.
In fact, 20% of women who have undergone a urogynecologic surgery developed a UTI afterwards.
And antibiotics, could have adverse effects such as a headache, rashes, fever, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, and even nerve damage — this is why you can’t buy them without a prescription. Studies suggest that antibiotics should be used sparingly and in short duration only. You face the risk of developing antibiotic resistance, which means the bacteria and fungi learn to outsmart the antibiotic and become stronger than the drug itself.
So, if antibiotics and surgeries are too risky, what other options do I have?
This is where homeopathy and home remedies come in. Let’s get to know homeopathy first.
What is homeopathy? Is it safe?
Homeopathy is a complementary or alternative medicine developed in the 1790s by a German doctor named Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann.
It is based on the belief that the body can heal itself and that ‘like cures like’ (also called the Law of Similia or Similia Similibus Curentur). Practitioners of homeopathy dilute a substance that produces disease-like symptoms on a healthy person and use it to cure a similar disease. Take an onion for example, since it makes your eyes water, homeopaths may dilute an onion and use it as an allergy treatment.
This method is also founded on 7 core principles:
A unique process of patient profiling to determine a distinct medicine for each person regardless if he/she has a similar condition as other people.
2. Law of Simplex (Single Medicine)
Only 1 remedy should be provided to treat the health issues of a person.
3. Law of Minimum Dose
Medicine should be taken at its lowest potency and with few repetitions.
4. Doctrine of Drug Proving (Homoeopathic Pathogenetic Trial / HPT)
A medicine is tested on healthy volunteers (provers) and the effects are recorded on a collection of symptoms of medicines called Homoeopathic Materia Medica. Only proven remedies from this compilation should be prescribed to patients.
5. Doctrine of Chronic Diseases
A theory that chronic diseases are caused by chronic miasms namely: Psora (The Miasm of Deficiency); Sycosis (The Miasm of Excess); and Syphilis (The Miasm of Destruction).
6. Doctrine of Vital Force
An essential energy that maintains balance and harmony inside every living organism. It determines the state of mental, physical, and spiritual health levels of a person.
7. Doctrine of Drug Dynamization (Potentization)
Diluting and agitating a substance activates and enhances its healing effects or curative powers.
In other words, homeopathy tries to strengthen the immune system using small doses of medicine. This is also the main reason why a dose varies from person to person.
So, is homeopathy safe?
Generally, yes. And the reason for this is the method of preparation. Most homeopathic medicines are diluted and shaken so much (also called succussion) that the adverse effects are relatively small, to the point that sometimes, there are no remaining active ingredients in the final product. Homeopaths claim that through vigorous shaking, the water will eventually “remember” what was put into it.
Do homeopathic remedies work?
Truth is, there is not a lot of money dedicated to studying the effects of homeopathy. Why, because herbs cannot be patented, so why would the pharmaceutical companies or other organizations spend money to study plants and herbs, if they can’t make money from it? Food for thought.
But here are three possible explanations about how homeopathy works:
- Placebo effect – experiencing a positive effect from taking a non-active medicine because of the belief that it will work
- Body’s natural healing ability – your body immediately starts producing new cells when you get sick so this natural healing can sometimes be mistaken as the effect of the medicine
- The power of empathy – the consultation with a homeopath has therapeutic value before treatment even begins
But aside from homeopathy, home remedies are also a famous way to treat illnesses. However, they are completely different from each other.
How are ‘homeopathic remedies’ different from ‘home remedies’?
Homeopathy and home remedies vary in different aspects. But for starters, homeopathy is the dilution and succussion of a natural substance to heal illnesses. Home remedies, on the other hand, have no consistent definition but Merriam Dictionary describes it as a medication used without prescription or professional supervision.
Here are other facets on which they could be different:
Accessibility – homeopathy is sold online and in retail stores while home remedies are things you may already have inside your house, that can be used to relieve symptoms
Testings – all homeopathic treatments have undergone drug proving while some home remedies swear by testimonies alone
Preparation – all homeopathic treatments are made through a standard process while home remedies are prepared differently from each other
Effectiveness – there aren’t many clinical trials on homeopathy, but some home remedies use natural and healthy ingredients that are proven to be effective
Home remedies we highly recommend for UTIs
Before rushing to get an antibiotic prescription or undergoing surgery, consider some of these at-home remedies:
- Drink plenty of water – water helps the urinary tract organs remove waste from the body while retaining vital nutrients and electrolytes.
- Avoid bladder irritants – caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, nicotine, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners can irritate your bladder further, making it more difficult for your body to heal.
- Take some probiotics – also known as good bacteria, probiotics can help keep the urinary tract healthy and free from harmful bacteria. It comes in various products like yogurt, kefir, some types of cheese, sauerkraut, and in supplement form.
- Herbal remedies – these can naturally heal a UTI when added to your bath or tea. They’re also effective in lessening pain and recurrence.
- Belly Dancing – a proven exercise to keep your pelvic floor and urinary system healthy especially for women suffering from urinary incontinence and UTIs.
- Practice good bathroom and hygiene habits – wipe your genitals from front to back and do not hold your pee for too long to reduce the buildup of bacteria.
- Practice good sexual hygiene – wash your genitals and urinate before & after sex. Use condoms and make sure to change it when switching from anal to vaginal sex. Also, be open to your partner in case you’ve had a current or previous UTI.
- Vaginal steaming – infections can be effectively treated by vaginal steaming, especially when using herbs that have antimicrobial and antibacterial characteristics.
- Relax your pelvic floor – it will help with the natural processes of your urinary system. Stress tenses up your pelvic floor muscles which can lead to urinary incontinence or UTI.
Nothing beats holistic healing!
Whether you’re considering homeopathy, home remedies, or allopathy (conventional medicine), we think holistic healing is the best option out there. Because it takes your entire being into account when developing a plan of action to achieve optimal health.
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We have programs that address the root causes of symptoms, like UTIs using 100% natural and safe methods. All taught by practitioners who used these methods to recover their health and vitality. Plus, there’s a community of like-minded, compassionate women who care about your success and well-being.