Phyto-power instead of antibiotics

Marlies von Siebenthal, lead specialist in bladder and pelvic problems in Canton Hospital Frauenfeld, tells us how to manage many bladder inflammations without antibiotics.

Most women develop bladder inflammation in bed and because they do not drink enough, but not from sitting on cold stones. During and after sexual intercourse gut bacteria have an easy time of passing from the vagina via the urethra to the bladder. However, many sexually inactive women are also repeatedly affected by bladder inflammation. Urge to pass water, burning when passing water, turbid, foul-smelling urine, dragging pains in the lower abdomen – an acute cystitis is in full flow. If this inflammation of the lower urinary tract is repeated more than two or three times in a year, then it is referred to as recurrent cystitis.

If pains in the region of the kidney or back, blood in the urine  or fever develops, then you must visit a doctor, as the worst-case scenario is infection ascending to the kidneys where it can cause pelvicalyceal system inflammation, a disease, which must be taken seriously.

Fortunately, this is only rarely the case. How can we put an end to recurrent bladder inflammation? And above all, what can women do for themselves in order to avoid repeatedly having to swallow antibiotics?

Resistance to antibiotics is an increasing problem. Hardly any new antibiotics are being developed, and so infections due to multi-resistant organisms can become a serious problem. We frequently also leave our body no time to activate its own self-defence mechanisms and reach too quickly for an antibiotic. It would be much more sensible in an uncomplicated bladder inflammation to first treat it with a phyto-therapeutic. It is also important, when a feeling of infection develops, to drink at least two-and-a-half to three litres and to take diuretic plant preparations such as kidney- and bladder-dragees over three to five days.

The constituents such as birch ensure, by means of their diuretic action, that the kidney increases its excretion, leading to an increased flow through the kidney, ureter, bladder and urethra. Goldenrod also works as a diuretic as well as an anti-inflammatory. The bearberry has been very well known since time immemorial for its antibiotic effects. Pain is often at the forefront in bladder inflammation, so we add in a treatment with an anti-inflammatory analgesic.

In other words, the affected woman should, before reaching for an antibiotic, take kidney- and bladder-dragees at a sufficient dosage –two Dragees three times per day –, drink lots and also for the first three days take an anti-inflammatory medication.

A hot water bottle and some rest also promote healing. An antibiotic is only advisable if the feelings of inflammation are not better after three days or the patient is not symptom free after five days. Naturally, one must not delay if there is fever or kidney pain.

Then the urine needs to be examined by urine culture – particularly in recurrent bladder inflammation – in order to give antibiotics which are properly targeted toward the bacteria. However, even if antibiotic therapy proves necessary, it is still worthwhile to support this with a diuretic, antibacterial phyto-preparation. The analysis of the urine usually takes three days. In order not to have to start an antibiotic blind before the result, it is worthwhile to begin with phyto-therapy as well as treating pain and inflammation. This allows us to avoid the unnecessary consumption of antibiotics, with the associated danger of resistance development.


Source: Phyto-power instead of antibiotics, Marlies von Siebenthal, Consultation Dr. Stutz, 11.2014