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Cystitis: Causes, symptoms and natural remedies

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Cystitis: Causes, symptoms and natural remedies
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Cystitis is a bladder inflammation which affects women.  It is generally caused by an Escherichia coli bacteria infection, which is naturally found in the intestines. So as to avoid any complications, you should  speak to a doctor.  You can try some of these natural remedies alongside the doctor’s advice which can help to relieve symptoms.  

What are the causes of the urinary infection?

It is very common to consult a doctor due to a cystitis infection as prescribed antibiotics are essential.  In fact one-third of women have experienced cystitis at least once in their lifetime. In addition, nearly 2 million of them have recurrent episodes of cystitis.

There are many reasons why you can suffer from a bladder infection:

What are the symptoms of a bladder infection?

As a female’s uterus is small, germs found in the anal area can easily find themselves in the bladder, either by error or due to a lack on intimate hygiene.

Cystitis can develop different symptoms:

  • Burning sensation when urinating,
  • Frequent urge to urinate,
  • Lower abdominal pain,
  • More rarely, the presence of blood or pus in the urine.

Speak to a doctor if you show any signs of these symptoms as if they are not treated quickly they can develop into a pyelonephritis, which requires immediate action.

What natural remedies exist?

1) Drinking lots of water

On a normal day, it is recommended that you drink 1.5 litres of water per day.  During cystitis you should continue to drink lots of water, you can even drink up to 2L of water. Water will promote the elimination of germs via the urine.  However remember to go to the toilet!

2) Thyme infusion

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Prepare a thyme infusion and drink around 3 to 4 times per day.  Thyme has antibacterial and antiviral properties.  This means that it can more easily get rid of bacteria at the root of a cystitis infection.

Boil 20 to 30 g of thyme into a 1 litre of water, cover and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes before serving in a mug.

3) Bicarbonate of soda, lemon and aspirin

So you can soothe the pain linked to the cystitis symptoms, mix 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 sachet of aspirin (500 mg).  When you don’t have your period.)

4) Green tea

Drink 3 to 4 cups of green tea per day so that you can eliminate more of the bacteria through your urine and lesson the burning sensation when urinating.  The diuretic properties of green tea are effective at getting rid of a cystitis naturally.

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