Protection for the bladder

Finally, there is an effective means to prevent burdensome bladder inflammation. Topwell-Pharmacist Samuel Knüsel on D-Mannose as a natural alternative to antibiotics.

He is a smart, highly educated, medically trained 27-year-old who maintains an open attitude to natural medicine and works as a Deputy Director in the Naturewell Pharmacy at Zurich Station on the newly opened Rail Link.

Urinary tract infections are an area that Topwell-Pharmacy’s Samuel Knüsel knows very well. «An acute, uncomplicated bladder inflammation affects every second woman during their lifetime. In around a third there will be repeated infection in the next couple of months.» The symptoms are characteristic: frequent, painful urination, turbid, mostly foul-smelling urine without itching or discharge.

What does the shrewd pharmacist advise in such situations? Wait-and-see and drink tea or antibiotics? «Definitely not wait-and-see, and antibiotics only in particular situations, though drinking tea has merit», says Samuel Knüsel. «It is entirely justifiable in an uncomplicated urinary tract infection without involvement of the kidneys that is without fever or flank pains, to take a non-prescription painkiller such as Ibuprofen, kidney- and bladder-dragées and D-Mannose .

The sooner the infection is treated the greater is the likelihood of a rapid relief of symptoms» The simple sugar D-Mannose is particularly capable. It binds to the protein FimH on the fimbriae of the E. coli bacteria and inactivates them. Fimbriae are hair-like structures, which the bacteria use to adhere to the bladder wall. In the first instance, D-Mannose is an excellent, natural and above all gentle means to prevent burdensome bladder inflammation. «In one study, D-Mannose was investigated for its prophylaxis against bladder inflammation», says Knüsel. «In comparison to an antibiotic used to prevent bladder inflammation, the simple sugar performed just as well. However, it did so with significantly fewer side effects and without developing resistance as an antibiotic can do.»

The experiences of clients and professional colleagues as well as the medical world with D-Mannose are very good. The preparation helped many women, who had previously tried everything to get rid of their burdensome bladder inflammation. Mannose is therefore worth a try in every case, particularly with the current problem of increasing antibiotic resistance, which most people are well aware of. «Most of the time, a woman knows her own body very well. If she finds herself in a situation in which she developed recurrent bladder inflammation in the past, for example after hypothermia, then an attempt at prevention using D-Mannose would be well advised in every case, perhaps combined with kidney- and bladder-dragées. While one can take D-Mannose for extended periods without concern, one should not use kidney- and bladder-dragées for longer than a week.

With this approach, one can appreciably reduce the frequency of recurrent infections.»

Source: Protection for the bladder, Consultation Dr. Stutz, Nr. 02.2016

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