|Garlic (Kyolic from Wakunaga)||2 capsules 3 times daily.||A natural antibiotic and immune enhancer.|
|Vitamin C plus bioflavonoids||4,000-5,000 mg daily, in divided doses. 1,000 mg daily.||Produces antibacterial effect through acidification of urine. Important in immune function.|
|Acidophilus (Kyo-Dophilus from Wakunaga)||As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Also use 1 tbsp in 1 qt warm water as a douche.||Needed to restore “friendly” bacteria. Especially important if antibiotics are prescribed. (Cystitis Nutrients)|
|Calcium||1,500 mg daily.||Reduces bladder irritability.|
|and magnesium||750-1,000 mg daily.||Aids in the stress response and works best when balanced with calcium. Use magnesium chelate form.|
|Multivitamin and mineral complex||Needed for essential balanced vitamins and minerals. Use a high-potency, hypoallergenic form.|
|with vitamin A||10,000 IU daily.|
|with carotenoids||15,000 IU daily.|
|500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach.||A potent detoxifier that neutralizes free radicals. (Cystitis Nutrients)|
|Potassium||99 mg daily.||Replaces potassium lost as a result of frequent urination.|
|Vitamin B complex||50-100 mg of each major B vitamin twice daily, with meals (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary).||Necessary for proper digestion. High doses are necessary if antibiotics are used.|
|Vitamin E||200 IU daily.||Combats infecting bacteria. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.|
|Zinc||50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements.||Important in tissue repair and immunity.|
|plus copper||3 mg daily.||Needed to balance with zinc. (Cystitis Nutrients)|
❑ Cranberry is one of the best herbal remedies for bladder infections. Quality cranberry juice produces hippuric acid in the urine, which acidifies the urine and inhibits bacterial growth. Other components in cranberry juice prevent bacteria from adhering to the lining of the bladder. Drink 1 quart of cranberry juice daily. Purchase pure, unsweetened juice from a health food store. If pure cranberry juice is not available, cranberry capsules can be substituted. Always take these with a large glass of water. Avoid commercial cranberry juice cocktail products. These contain relatively little pure cranberry juice (less than 30 percent in some cases) and have high-fructose corn syrup or other sweeteners added.
❑ Birch leaves are a natural diuretic and reduce some of the pain associated with bladder infections.
❑ Dandelion tea or extract acts as a diuretic and liver cleanser, and aids in relieving bladder discomfort.
❑ Hydrangea is good for stimulating the kidneys and flushing them clean.
❑ Diuretics help to cleanse the system. By promoting the release of fluids from the tissues, diuretics also help to relieve the false sensations of urgency that are characteristic of cystitis. Combinations of the herbs listed above are often most effective in flushing the kidneys and helping to reduce the urgent need to urinate.
❑ Fresh blueberries are a very effective antioxidant. Anthocyanidins are present in the blue pigment, and may prove as useful as cranberries in preventing urinary tract infections. The herb bilberry, a type of blueberry, is also good.
❑ Buchu is good for a bladder infection accompanied by a burning sensation upon urination.
❑ Goldenseal is good for bladder infections if there is bleeding, and is most effective as an herbal antimicrobial agent.
Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time. Do not use it during pregnancy or if you are breast-feeding, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctor’s supervision.
❑ Kidney Bladder formula from Nature’s Way and Kidney Blend SP-6 from Solaray are herbal formulas that have a diuretic effect and reduce bladder spasms. Take 2 capsules twice daily.
❑ Marshmallow root increases the acidity of urine, inhibiting bacterial growth. Drink 1 quart of marshmallow root tea daily. It helps to strengthen and cleanse the bladder.
❑ Bearberry (Uva ursi, a type of cranberry), used in small amounts and diluted with other herbal teas, acts as a mild diuretic and antiseptic. It is effective against E. coli.
❑ Other beneficial herbs include burdock root, juniper berries, kava kava, echinacea flower root, stinging nettle, cleavers plant, yarrow, barley water, herbal teas, and rose hips. Cautions: Kava kava can cause drowsiness. It is not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers, and it should not be taken together with other substances that act on the central nervous system, such as alcohol, barbiturates, antidepressants, and antipsychotic drugs. Do not take echinacea for longer than three months. It should not be used by people who are allergic to ragweed.