UTI’s. Nobody likes them. They are a pain, quite literally in the urethra! The immune system gets compromised from the very fact that it hasn’t been able to clear the infection, and the only orthodox treatment that work are Antibiotics. These antibiotics are largely preventable. We can prevent damaging our own Microbiome {antibiotics kill our own bacteria in our guts} and also stop bacterial resistance aka evolution in action.

Mannose, the fruit sugar from the cranberry fruit has been shown over and over again to stop the sticky bugs from gaining a foothold in the urinary tract wall. Once in, they can become tricky little buggers, holding on for dear life. They grab hold of the Mannose ‘sugar’ instead of us, and out they go down the drain. This is why we also use diuretic teas {to flush them out} and antimicrobial oils to help get their numbers down. This gives your immune system the chance to do the work. We also need to ‘boost’ the immune system {remember it was fighting so hard for so long} so that we can help ourselves ūüôā

In my view, antimicrobials are better at treating than preventing & Mannose is better at preventing than treating {Although many people say they have used Mannose to prevent one when caught early}.

We don’t have large scale clinical trials to show this but we have many, many case studies. Herbalists and Naturopaths rely on these for their practice and as we go we gather information about certain disease processes and treat the underlying causes as well. In this case it is the immune system. So why does the immune system get run down?

This is usually because of ‘prolonged stress’. Prolonged stress is a different kind of stress than short term stress. We can recover from this in our lives¬†but if we have stBladder Tearess for a long time this can take its toll on our immune system AND the¬†levels of inflammation in the body ~ the flip side of the immune system.

We also need to remember that flushing out the urinary tract must happen if we are to reverse this problem. The way to treat this is in multiple layers. Drinking fluid throughout the day is imperative when treating and preventing infection. This could also be the key underlying factor in the presence and occurrence of the infection in the first place. Ensuring you are peeing 3-4 times a day is a good way to do this. And a good way to do this is to drink more fluid so the body has to release it. Conversely if we don’t drink enough fluid our cardiovascular system suffers too¬†as the body cant eliminate salt from the blood. Potassium is a natural diuretic present in all of our foods. Diuretics flush fluid from the body by stimulating the kidneys. Too much though and we will get dehydrated and in which case we need a wee salt top up from Table salt, Sea salt or Sodium Electrolyte tables. So its a balance. If your urine is clear by the end of the day then you have drunk enough water.

Back to infection. If you are about to be put on low dose antibiotics for chronic {long standing or untreatable} urinary tract infections then come and see us. We can certainly help in this case.

Mary was a 55 year old who had been through years of Urinary Tract Infections. She was on a low-dose antibiotic and still getting up to pee 3-4 times in the night. She was exhausted. In this case it is clear the antibiotics are not working so something needed to be done. If they were working she would have been cured and not taking anything. Our aim with UTI’s is to cure them completely. Not all things are this simple! If only! However UTI’s are treatable if you do it right. We supported her immune system with herbs, ate certain foods to help stimulate the immune system. Drank a diuretic antimicrobial tea and took the correct species and strain of probiotic to re-balance the immune system and top up the guts Microbiome. 8 weeks later she was off the antibiotics and down to a minimum of herbs that she was going to wean off in the next 4 weeks. CURED. Be like Mary. Come and see us.

Simone Reddington is the founder of the Apothecary, a Medical Herbalist and thinker. She holds a degree in Psychology and is a professional member of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists.