There are so many herbal, homeopathic, Ayurvedic and other holistic ways to treat recurrent urinary tract infections. I posted the other day about UTIs and interstitial cystitis and SO many of you commented that you had not been given answers other than antibiotics. There is a time and place for antibiotics, but recurrent UTIs would NOT be my first choice.
Cranberries work by preventing bacteria, like E. coli, from adhering to the urothelium, or bladder tissue.
Hydration in general helps us to flush exposures from our systems. Certain strains of probiotics, such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus gasseri, and. Bifidobacterium lactis are formulated more for women’s immune, urinary and digestive health.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is antibacterial and helps the body fight infections.
D-mannose works similarly to E coli in not letting the bacteria bind to the bladder.
A 2013 study evaluated D-mannose in 308 women who had frequent UTIs & it worked about as well as the antibiotic nitrofurantoin for preventing UTIs over a 6-month period.
Garlic, uva ursi, oil of oregano are all antibacterial and antipathogenic.
Corn silk seems to have diuretic effects. Since it has some antibacterial properties, it is also helpful in treating urinary tract infections as well as in alleviating inflammation in the urethra or bladder.