Natural Therapy: UTI Prevention

Principals

  • Enhance defenses against the infection by providing immune support
  • Restore vaginal and bladder microflora
  • Enhancing the flow of urine
  • Promote a proper pH
  • Prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder epithelium

Immune Support

  • Proper sleep
  • Stress management
  • Echinacea
  • Cordyceps
  • Maintain adequate vitamin D levels

Restore Vaginal Microbiome

  • Probiotic – oral and vaginal
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus fermentum appear to be the most effective
  • Maintain proper vaginal pH

Enhance Flow of Urine

  • Increase water consumption to increase volume and flow of urine
  • Recommend 64 oz. per day

Prevent Bacterial Adherence to Bladder Epithelium

  • D mannose
  • Cranberry extract

Uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) - bearberry or upland cranberry

  • Antiseptic, antibacterial and astringent activity
  • Diuretic properties.
  • May be used to prevent recurrent bladder infections

Corn silk may sooth bladder epithelium

Marshmallow root can also sooth bladder epithelium due to its content of mucilage