Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) – Cystitis

Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder. It is most common in women but can also affect men and children. This is because of the female anatomy and the urethra and anus are shorter and closer together.

Cystitis (the bladder inflammation) is commonly due to a bacterial infection. This is known as a urinary tract infection or UTI. It can happen any time and it can also be caused by sexual intercourse. Although

Harmless bacteria exist in your bowel to help your body digest food, the bacteria can enter your urinary tract where they multiply and may inflame the tissue, leading to an infection. The bacteria involved is usually E. Coli. This bacteria lives in the bowel. Cystitis occurs when uropathogenic bacteria from your bowel reaches your bladder by moving from the opening of your bowel (anus) into the tube that carries urine from your bladder (urethra) to outside your body.

Cystitis and URI's can also be caused and risk increased by:

  1. Bacteria – E. Coli
  2. Sexually transmitted infections
  3. Radiation therapy
  4. Some medicines
  5. Some chemicals found in bubble baths and spermicides
  6. Diabetes
  7. Lowered Immunity.
  8. Bladder catheter or urological disease
  9. Pregnancy
  10. Menopause

Symptoms of Cystitis & URI infection are:

  1. Strong, persistent urge to urinate.
  2. Pain or burning when urinating.
  3. Needing to urinate often
  4. Passing only small amounts of urine each time
  5. Feel uncomfortable in your lower abdomen, dull ache.
  6. Urine that smells, or looks cloudy or bloody.
  7. Blood in the urine
  8. Fever

Cystitis & UTI Prevention

  1. Keep hydrated. Drinking lots of water to help flush out bacteria.
  2. Urinating as soon as you feel the need.
  3. Urinate immediately after intercourse.
    Shower at least once a day and after sex.
  4. Wearing natural fibre underwear e.g, cotton, bamboo, hemp (not synthetic material – nylon/lycra etc) and loose fitting pants.
  5. Toilet hygiene – wipe yourself from front to back after urinating (for women). Do not cross contaminate.
  6. Eat natural yoghurt or kefir to restore the normal vaginal environment.
  7. TAKE High dose probiotics as prescribed by your practitioner.
  8. Find an alternative method of birth control if you use spermicides.
  9. Educate yourself on Natural Fertility Management – contraception practices and charting your healthy menstrual cycle.
  10. Eliminate sugar, processed and refined food from your diet.
  11. Organic coconut oil used before and after intercourse is beneficial because of its natural antibacterial properties and soothing action.
  12. Garlic (practitioner only) supplements are beneficial to take as a preventative protocol and also including onion and garlic into your daily diet. Natural antibactial and antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties due to the allicin content.

Possible complications of a UTI

Complications of UTIs aren’t common, but they can be serious and require immediate treatment by a doctor. They usually affect people diagnosed with diabetes, a weakened immune system, men with recurrent UTIs, or women who are pregnant.

If a UTI is left untreated, bacteria may travel to the kidneys causing kidney infection, damage and even kidney failure. Blood poisoning can happen and occurs when the infection spreads from the kidneys to the blood-stream.

If the infection moves to the kidneys, there may be high fever, back pain, diarrhoea and vomiting. If you have these symptoms, it is important to see your doctor. [1]

We use various naturopathic principles to treat the cause and look for the disharmony in your body and mind to bring your body back to balance. Please see below a brief treatment (Rx) protocol and reference guide, with choices to help improve your health and wellbeing. Click on the headings and links within for more treatment information.

Aims of Treatment:

To improve immunity and treat the infection.

  • To provide a soothing effect on urinary tissue.
  • To strengthen urinary tract tissue.
  • To improve bladder tone and bladder emptying.
  • To reduce inflammation.

HERBAL MEDICINE offers amazing treatment options for this condition.

For infection: Uva Ursi and Buchu are considered.

To soothe the irritated area; Marshmallow Root is added to the herbal compound.

Other herbal medicines your herbalist may consider to treat this condition are:

Andrographis, Bearberry, Corn Silk, Cranberry, Crataeva, Echinacea Root, Golden Rod, Horsetail, Hydrangea, Juniper, Marshmallow Root, Saw Palmetto, Shepherd's Purse, Licorice, Meadowsweet.

NATURAL HERBAL ANTIBIOTICS: considered for Chronic Cystitis! Echinacea, Burdock, Golden Seal and Myrrh.

Other Remedies Prescribed if tested after your Naturopathic consultation


Reneel – to help maintain normal kidney function

Engystol – to help maintain a healthy immune system

Echinacea compositum ampoules – to help maintain a healthy immune system

Galium heel – for intracellular detoxification and stimulation of the nonspecific defensive mechanisms of the body. Helps maintain healthy kidney function.


Organo Kidney – to assist in the treatment of disorders of kidney function, including bladder infections.

Matrix alkali – if acidity is contributing to the condition

Mix 5g (1 metric teaspoon) in 25ml water daily after the evening meal. More water may be added for taste and consistency.


R18 – assists in treatment in kidney and bladder disorders


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Tissue Salt Rx

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

Vincent Van Gogh

These tissue salts below singular or in combination may help with this condition.

Ferrum phos:
For the first stage of cystitis. Feels ‘off colour'. burning pain if urination is suppressed. Urge to frequent urination.

Kali Phos:
Itching, scalding, bloody urine, cutting pain.

Mag Phos:
Painful straining, severe spasms.

Nat Mur:
Frequent with burning, cutting pain.

Homoeopathy Rx

Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.



Below is a quick reference guide for low potency (1x – 30C) homoeopathic remedies safe for home prescribing. Make an appointment for a professional consultation and prescription for more information.

Burning, cutting, scanty urine with agony beforehand.

An increased volume of urine with constant urge to urinate. Thirstless. Severe stinging and burning pains.

Cramps in the bladder with frequent, profuse, dark urine. The sensation of something moving inside. Painful to urinate, stinging feeling and a fever.

If the pains have moved to the back and hips as well as the bladder region. Sticking tearing pain worse from deep pressure. Cutting pain in the bladder with burning on urinating. Back feels stiff and numb.

Violent inflammation with burning feeling. Frequent urination with intolerable urging. Urine is passed in drops, with intense burning on urinating. Maybe blood in the urine. Aching in small of the back.

When there is a great sensitivity to pain, especially in your people.

Ferrum phos:
For the first stage of cystitis. Feels ‘off colour'. burning pain if urination is suppressed. Urge to frequent urination.

When there are pink deposits in the urine.

The patient is upset and the symptoms shift from place to place.

‘Honeymoon cystitis' after new or frequent sexual activity. Burning during urination.

Tuberculinum 200 C:
Chronically recurring cystitis, when above remedies fail. Go back to the indicated remedy if infection recurs. Your homoeopathic practitioner will prescribe the correct remedy for you and help remove the cause of the problem.

Nutritional Medicine Rx

Health is much more dependent on our Habits and Nutrition Than on Medicine.

John Lubbock

Use Food as Medicine! Nourish your body and mind with fresh seasonal, whole foods. Clean unprocessed & unadulterated foods like nature intended. Support a back to the basic natural approach to eating. Visit your local farmer markets and buy organic produce where possible. Go vegetable crazy! Love your greens.

Food Sensitivity Testing is an easy way to take the guess work out of what may be contributing to you feeling unwell, suffering digestive problems, inflammation, bloating, skin conditions, asthma etc. A whole food natural diet is excellent to follow but what some people don’t realise is one man's food can be another man’s poison. Give your digestive tract a break and feed your body with food that heals. A stressed and inflamed digestive tract (gut) suffering dysbiosis needs help to build up a good microbiome balance. It is not only important for your ability to absorb and utilise nutrients but your gut health and immune system are inextricably linked. Seventy to eighty percent of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system and ninety percent of serotonin is made in the digestive tract. Serotonin is a key player in mood, anxiety, fear, and the general sense of happiness and wellbeing.

The intestinal microbiota (gut flora) helps in proper development of the host immune system, which in turn regulates the homeostasis of the microbiota. Good nutrition promoting good gut health microbiome promotes a healthy immune system.

The gastrointestinal tract is also sensitive to emotion. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.

Don’t diet! Listen to your body. Eat mindfully in a relaxed environment and choose quality, not quantity. Enjoy fuelling your body and treating it well.

Flower Essence Rx

Healing with the clean, pure, beautiful agents of nature is surely the one method of all which appeals to most of us.

Dr Edward Bach
Listed below are some of the flower essence remedy ranges that we utilised to improve ‘Your Style of Life’ and help you treat various conditions.
  • Bach Flower Essences
  • Australian Flower Essences
  • Futurplex

Lifestyle Medicine Rx

To live is the rarest thing in the world.Most people just exist.

Oscar Wilde

Exercise and Fitness Management:

Select an exercise activity or sport you enjoy. Choose something that works for you and aim for the 80/20 % approach and always listen to your body.
  • Walking is a wonderful activity for all ages, shapes and sizes.
  • Build up slowly but aim for 10,000 steps a day.
  • I recommend investing in a motivational health monitor like ‘Fitbit’ and or an app like ‘MyFitnessPal’ to motivate you to have a go and strive to improve your fitness and maintain a healthy weight.


Aim for 2 – 4 litres of clean, filtered water a day. One of the easiest ways to improve your health is to stay hydrated as your body is made up of 60% water and it needed by every cell of the body. Sugar, Salt and Coffee is dehydrating for the body. Often if you feel thirsty this is an early sign of dehydration. Make it a habit and drink throughout the day. Benefits include:
  • Natural Detox – a naturally hydrated body purges the cells, eliminating stored toxins and bodily wastes.
  • Digestion and Elimination – eliminates constipation, boating and helps improve general digestive disorders.
  • Speeds Metabolism and helps with weight loss.
  • Combats Fatigue – water is an important source of energy for your body.
  • Reduces High Blood Pressure and Lowers Cholesterol.
  • Speeds up Joint and Cartilage repair.
  • Skin Health – improves Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis and Premature Skin Ageing.
  • Slows the Ageing Process.

Sleep Hygiene:

  • Aim for 7 – 8 hours quality sleep.
  • Turn off all electronic devices and avoid technology and hour before bed as this allows your brain to switch off and make it easier to fall asleep.
  • Keep your bedroom just for sleeping & loving. Fresh Air – open a window. Light can make or break a good sleep cycle. Darken your room as much as possible.
  • Don’t eat late in the night. Avoid caffeine and stimulants.
  • Set your alarm to get to bed and wake at the same time every day.
  • Night Cap: – Drink a warm lemon drink, herbal green tea or Golden Milk (Almond & Coconut Milk with beneficial spices) – “Turmeric Latte”, before bed.
  • Create a nice environment with indoor plants, aromatherapy diffuser, soft relaxing music and anything that helps you promote a routine to wind yourself down to get much-needed sleep.


Life is about balance and taking time out to play and enjoy activities you like with friends and family as it has a huge benefit on your health. Laughter is the best Medicine. Having fun and enjoying activities that you like has the benefit of reducing stress and lowering the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone” and spikes to unhealthy levels when you are continually stressed with one of the side effects being weight gain. Having fun increases serotonin, which is the hormone that regulates sleep patterns, body temperature, memory and mood. When you do activities you enjoy, that help you to relax and connect with people the body will naturally increase serotonin levels. Research has proven that making time to relax, engaging in activities you enjoy, spending time with people that make you happy improves positive emotional, mental health and overall wellbeing.

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