Last updated: May 30th, 2019 at 12:42 pm
Author Linda Ryan, BA, Lic TCM, CH
Understanding the possible causes helps, also the fast natural cure method with specific supplements is just a few paragraphs down, followed by the effective prevention tips. Read on for the Causes, Cure and Prevention of Cystitis.
Recurring Cystitis, also known as Urinary Tract Infections UTI while trying to conceive can become a big problem for some women, I see it often enough in my patients. I always give acupuncture to de-stress and I always inform them that:
Running a fertility acupuncture clinic means that my patients are actively trying to conceive and they are trying to be as healthy as possible. They do not want to take loads of antibiotics, but they do want to be able to be intimate when they are ovulating or be able to have their IVF cycle. My patients want safe, natural, effective cures. And when it comes to cystitis and UTI’s they want rapid relief from the pain, burning, and cramping feelings caused by these infections. So,
The supplement D-Mannose is one of the best. (See the scientific research at end of this Article)
D-Mannose is a naturally occurring carbohydrate. It is found in some plants & fruits, it is not a prescription drug.
Studies have shown that it prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and causing infection. Basically the D-Mannose works it’s way through your urinary bladder tract and attaches to bacteria along the way and then you wee it out. D-mannose also helps to nourish your healthy flora because it doesn’t affect the “friendly” bacteria (when you take antibiotics for UTIs, the “good” bacteria are killed along with the “bad”, which is why you can also develop secondary yeast infections & a vicious cycle goes round where you get more UTI’s).
Yes, D-Mannose is found naturally in cranberries! Cranberry has been a natural treatment for UTIs for generations & is still commonly used to support urinary and urino-genital tract health to prevent kidney and bladder infections. Current research is showing the cranberry extract to be beneficial to supporting urinary tract health. Cranberries also contain essential minerals & vitamins A, B and C, supporting a healthy balance of bacteria. The Vitamin C also makes urine more acidic which inhibits the growth of bacteria.
That’s 500mg taken 3 times a day along with plenty of fluid to flush out the bacteria.
D-Mannose is highly effective at sticking to bacteria in the bladder and urinary tract which the body will then expel with urine. So continually cleansing and targeting the infection problem at source brings our patients rapid relief from the pain, burning, and cramping feelings caused by these infections. I know that you, my readers are sensible so always consult your doctor for medical advice and before taking nutritional supplements. You, my sensible readers, may be too far gone for a quick natural cure and you just may need antibiotics. You can always use the natural method below for prevention going forward.
1-Take a lowered dose of 500mg of D-Mannose daily to stop re-occurance of cystitis.
2-Use at home urine test strips for UTI’s to periodically randomly test your urine or test at first signs of cystitis / UTI (these are the same test strips used by your doctor). This is key because UTI’s can start brewing long before you feel any painful symptoms. Nipping it in the bud is crucial, So,
3-If urine test strips show signs of a UTI , then up your dose of D-Mannose. UTI’s can start brewing long before you feel any painful symptoms. Nip it in the bud. You can buy UTI urine test strips very cheaply on Amazon.co.uk, these urine test strips are specifically for detecting UTI’s. You can get 100 test strips for under a tenner, so you could really stay on top of things when you are trying to conceive and test every day for 3 months if you like. (Tip from a patient: instead of buying the plastic urine sample cups, just buy cheap plastic cups at the supermarket or run your small yogurt containers through the dishwasher at a very high temperature and use those instead).
4-Implement the Lifestyle Cystitis Prevention tips listed below to reduce your chances of cystitis re-occurring.
Precision D-Mannose is made in the UK. This is great if you just want D-Mannose. It is the best seller on Amazon.co.uk and you can read more about it (4 ½ star rating) and buy it here
Calm waters is made in the UK and our patients love it because it also has the natural cranberry extract in it. Calm Waters is sold on Amazon.co.uk and you can read more about it (4 ½ star rating) and buy it here
This combination is great if you have had antibiotics recently because the antibiotic not only kills the “bad” offending bacteria that causes the painful burning problems, it also kills the “good” bacteria that maintains the balance and helps prevent “bad” infections. So adding in a friendly flora probiotic supplement can help stop the vicious circle of recurring infections (including yeast). Mightidophilus 12, D-Mannose Cranactin is sold on Amazon.co.uk and you can read more about it and buy it here
By using D-Mannose and cranberry extract you can target the infection problems at source and the frequent use of antibiotics with their side-effects can be mostly avoided.
List of Lifestyle prevention tips for cystitis below.
Our patients often ask us “is there anything I can do in addition to the supplements and acupuncture to help prevent another occurrence of cystitis?”
If you suffer regularly from Cystitis and you’d like some things you can do on your own to help prevent it from happening, then read on for a list of measures you can take:
For a great book about Cystitis cures and prevention, check out “The Interstitial Cystitis Solution: A Holistic Plan for Healing Painful Symptoms, Resolving Bladder and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, and Taking Back Your Life”. I really like the taking back your life part! The book contains up to date scientific reviews and evaluations of potential treatments, along with a helpful treatment plan that you can tailor to your specific symptoms and lifestyle. The book is available on Amazon.co.uk and you can read more about it and check out the book reviews (4 ½ stars) by clicking here .
*Always consult your doctor for medical problems and before taking nutritional supplements, herbs or vitamins because a UTI can turn into a kidney infection, which if left untreated can be very serious, so please see your doctor, you can always use the natural supplements as a prevention, it may just be that your infection is just too far gone and you need antibiotics.
World J Urol. 2014 Feb;32(1):79-84. doi: 10.1007/s00345-013-1091-6. Epub 2013 Apr 30. D-mannose powder for prophylaxis of recurrent urinary tract infections in women: a randomized clinical trial.