Curing UTIs

This Week In The HSI Forum

“Any natural cures for urinary tract infections?”

That’s the title of a thread on the HSI Forum that starts off with a plea from a member named Delaney who says she’s tried several natural treatments to fight a urinary tract infection (UTI), and adds, “I soooooo very much hate having to go to the doc and take an antibiotic. Is there another way?”

As always, a number of HSI members pitch right in to offer their insights and experiences. A member named PJ backs up Delaney’s reluctance to start filling prescriptions, saying, “Antibiotics frequently don’t address the underlying inflammatory aspects of cystitis, and in fact, can make the problem worse in the long run, by altering the normal microflora of the body.”

The pros and cons of cranberry juice – one of the UTI remedies that Delaney asks about – are discussed by several members. Cranberries and cranberry juice does the trick for some, but a member named Vernon shares this experience his wife had:

“When she first felt the symptoms of UTI, she started getting cranberry juice at a local beverage store. The symptoms persisted for nearly 2 weeks. Finally she looked at the label – tons of sugar in every serving! Our chiropractor told her that the sugar was FEEDING the UTI. We went to Wild Oats and got a half-gallon of natural cranberry juice – the only ingredients on the label were cranberry and water, and in two days the symptoms were gone.”

And a member named DC has this information about cranberry juice: “Studies have shown that it’s the mannose in cranberry juice that does the job. If the UTI is caused by E. coli then the germs take in the mannose and discover that they can no longer adhere to the walls of the urinary tract. If your UTI is caused by another organism then cranberry juice, mannose cannot help.”

D-mannose is a natural simple sugar that’s also available in supplement form. A member named Rosie writes, “I finally decided to try the D-Mannose that Dr. Wright raves about for UTI’s. I took one half teaspoon a day, less than what the directions say to use. In two days the UTI was gone.”

In the December 2001 issue of his Nutrition & Healing Newsletter, Jonathan V. Wright M.D., had this to say about D-Mannose:

“Over 90 percent of bladder infections are caused by E. coli bacteria, which stick to mannose molecules present on the surfaces of the cells that line our bladders. If a person has an E. coli infection and takes D-mannose, the ‘loose’ molecules of D-mannose surround and coat each E. coli bacterium, so they can’t stick to the bladder. The next time the patient urinates, the D-mannose-coated E. coli are rinsed away–headed for their next happy home in a septic tank or sewage treatment plant.”

When Delaney finally gets rid of her UTI, she might be interested in some advice from a member named Samantha, who suggests taking 4,000 mgs of vitamin C daily to help prevent future infections by keeping urine somewhat acidic so the bacteria can’t thrive.

If you occasionally cope with UTIs, there’s a good chance you may find a successful natural treatment with cranberry juice, D-mannose or one of the other suggestions posted on this thread.

Other topics on the HSI Forum this week include:

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  • Asthma
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