Studied Homeopathic Remedies
- Berberis vulgaris
Bladder infections are a common problem for women, accounting for more than 6 million office visits each year. Bacteria from the skin or rectal area can easily move the short distance from a woman’s urethral opening into the bladder, particularly after sexual intercourse. Men, because of the greater distance between their bladder and urethral opening, only rarely develop bladder infections.
The primary symptoms of a bladder infection are burning during urination, increased frequency of urination, and an urgent need to urinate, possibly accompanied by pain in the lower abdomen and cloudy or bloody urine. Occasionally, the infection spreads upward into the kidneys, producing symptoms such as intense back pain, high fever, chills, nausea, and diarrhea.
Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for Bladder Infection
A 1-month, single-blind, placebo-controlled study of 200 women who complained of developing bladder infections after sexual intercourse evaluated the effectiveness of
Traditional Homeopathic Treatments for Bladder Infections
A bladder infection with twinges of cutting pain or a burning feeling that extends to the urethra and its opening may indicate a need for the Berberis vulgaris remedy. The urinary passage may also burn at times when no attempt at urination is being made. After emptying the bladder, the person feels as if some urine still remains inside, and the urge to urinate is often made worse by walking.
When the passage of urine is associated with sharp cutting pains, homeopathic Cantharis might be recommended.
Equisetum is typically associated with a sensation of pain and fullness in the bladder that are worsened rather than improved by emptying the bladder.
Last reviewed April 2009 by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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