Inflammation of the bladder and urinary tract is a disease that quite often happens to adults. It is estimated that it affects around 150 million people every year. It appears more often in women than in men. About half of all women go through urinary tract infection at least once in their lifetime. Relapses of this disease are also very common. Even 10% of women may be more prone to it and go through it once a year. Keeping the urinary tract in good condition can protect against the problem of urinary tract infection. Healing herbs and herbal preparations will be helpful here. Which of them should you choose and when to reach for them? What good habits are worth developing to prevent urinary tract infection?
What herbs support the urinary system?
Urinary tract infections are the direct cause of urinary tract infections. Most often they enter the urinary system from the outside through the urethra. From there, they enter the bladder and then into the higher parts of the urinary tract. Urination flushes out microbes from the body outside. For this process to be effective, it is necessary to drink a large amount of water. Sometimes even 2- 2.5 litres a day is recommended.
Diuretic herbs are certainly additional support for the urinary tract. They work by increasing the amount of urine excreted. This causes toxins to be removed from the body faster. One of the longest-used agents working in this way is birch leaves. The inhabitants of northern Europe, America and Asia knew about the beneficial properties of this tree. An infusion of birch leaves was once used as an anti-rheumatic agent. Today, we widely use its properties supporting the work of the excretory system.
Former residents of Southeast Asia also had their herbal kidney aid. It is an orthosiphon-plant, growing among others. in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. People living in these sites used the infusion of its leaves as a remedy for fever, rheumatism, gout and kidney problems. It came to Europe relatively late, at the end of the 19th century. Infusion of orthosiphon leaves first gained popularity as a Java tea drink. Orthosiphon also became an ornamental plant. His second colloquial name – cat’s moustache – comes from his characteristic appearance. The stamens of his flowers are extremely long, which is why they may resemble a cat’s moustache. Finally, its impact on the human body was also taken into account. It contributes to the proper functioning of the urinary tract. It improves excretory comfort and kidney function, which increases the excretion of water and toxins from the body.
What should you do to protect yourself from a urinary tract infection?
Women are much more prone to urinary tract infection than men. For this reason, most good ways to avoid urinary tract infection are targeted at women. The main thing is to maintain personal hygiene, especially before and after intimate intercourse. It is then that the bacteria most often penetrate the skin into the genital tract and from there into the urethra.
How to recognize the symptoms of cystitis?
Symptoms of urinary tract infections are usually quite characteristic and easy to recognize, although not all will be the same. The most common are pain or burning when urinating, frequent urge to urinate (at the same time, the amount of urine may be less than usual), lower abdomen pain, fatigue, a slight fever, and unpleasant smell of urine or clouding. If in doubt as to whether it is indeed an infection, you will need to have a urine test. It will show whether or not bacteria are present in the urine.