Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infection, also known as UTI, is a microbial infection that impacts any fragment of the urinary tract. The leading bacterial microorganism that affects the urinary tract is Escherichia coli. However, gonococci, streptococci, and staphylococci can cause a similar condition.
While urine contains an assortment of liquids and salts discarded from the body, it typically does not contain microbes or germs. When microbes get into the urinary tract and propagate in the urine, they cause a urinary tract infection. An ideal area for the initial development of a UTI is the bladder, and we call this form of UTI cystitis. Other areas of UTI impact are the kidneys and the infection disease of this part of the urinary tract known as pyelonephritis.
Etiology and Pathogenesis of Urinary Tract Infection
The most frequent UTI sufferers are sexually active females or individuals of both genders with structural abnormalities in one or more parts of the urinary tract.
Because microbes can enter the urinary tract through the urethra (ascending infection), deprived hygienic conditions can prejudice the development of the bacteria. Other factors, including pregnancy, prostate enlargement, gonorrhea, etc., may cause a UTI. Also, so-called interstitial cystitis happens without microbes but has the same or similar symptoms.
A UTI is a disease that may take place in any aspect of the urinary tract. The most common parts affected by a UTI infection are:
- Renal tissues
Clinical symptoms of UTI
Acute cystitis is the most common form of UTI. The symptoms of all types of UTI are similar:
- repeated urges to urinate,
- severe burning pain throughout and especially at the end of urination,
- cloudy urine, which may contain blood.
The UTI on a kidney level, aka pyelonephritis, also manifests with lower back pain and malaise.
Generally, UTI has many faces, and symptoms of this disorder may change depending on the patient’s age, constitution, dietary habits, and even ethnicity. For teenagers, acute cystitis may manifest with nausea, loose stool, diarrhea, anorexia, and sometimes vomiting. The teenage girls demonstrate excessive tearfulness and irritability. Some girls experience pain in hypogastrium and even incontinence. Mature women sometimes suffer from hematuria and a lack of ability to urinate, regardless of their severe urges. This inability to freely urinate may cause a “stagnation” of urine, which becomes vulgarly smelling and hazy.
Depending on the level the ascending infection reaches, the symptoms also vary.
- Urethritis, dysuria,
- Cystitis: lower abdomen pain, sub-febrile body temperature, recurrent urges for urination,
- Pyelonephritis – chills, an unsettled stomach, sickness, and hyperpyrexia
Homeopathic Medicine in Urinary Tract Infection Clinic (UTI)
Limited research has been done on the efficacy of particular homeopathic treatments. However, licensed homeopaths might suggest one or more common homeopathic remedies for UTIs depending on their expertise and clinical background. Homeopaths consider an individual’s constitutional type, which encompasses their physical, emotional, and mental constitution, before recommending a treatment. A knowledgeable homeopath evaluates these elements to choose the best patient treatment.
Some of the most often prescribed homeopathic remedies are listed below. It is critical to understand that this list does not represent a comprehensive and final textbook on the homeopathic healing of this disease.
Because of this, the functions and features listed for every remedy might not have anything to do with UTI since homeopathy values overall health more than specific local symptoms. The following description of the remedies is for educational purposes only, and none should be used without a prescription.
On the top of the list of homeopathic remedies for UTI are:
Explanation of homeopathic remedies for UTI
The symptoms of Cantharis typically manifest at the onset of acute cystitis:
- Tenacious and forceful urgings, accompanied by abundant tenesmus,
- The urine is dripping, and a patient explains feeling as hot liquid lead flows through the urethra, causing extreme burning.
Apis Mellifica. [Apis]
This is my favorite remedy for acute cystitis. Based on my experience, the low dilutions of Apis (6X, 12X) kill burning and pain in minutes. I would not use Apis for the “treatment” of UTIs unless this medicine is really similar to the patient’s constitution and symptoms. However, in the acute phase, no remedy can be compared to this one for its effectiveness in pain control.
The following symptoms force the homeopath to choose Apis:
- frequent urges for urination, which ends with just a few drops at a time,
- insufficient amount of urine,
- urine is dark,
- swollenness in different parts of the body,
- dryness with a lack of thirst,
- oxygen deprivation in lying position,
- An ascending infection may cause Bright’s disease, aka nephritis.
Equisetum hyemale. [Equis]
The symptoms of this remedy are analogous to those of Cantharis.
The main difference is that the tenesmus is less aggressive, and the urine contains significantly less blood, if any.
Significant symptoms of Equisetum are:
- The sensation that the bladder is full or even overloaded
- Insufficient urination, if we can use this term for a few drops of urine that the patient can excrete, does not relieve the feeling of the entire bladder.
- The color of urine is yellow-green neon.
- Urine contains mucus.
- All of Equisetum’s symptoms happen after urination.
The symptoms of Causticum are linked to the paralytic condition of the urinary tract, especially the bladder. That’s why it is one of the most efficient remedies for enuresis (bedwetting), mainly when we have a case of involuntary micturition during the night.
I chose this remedy because of the properties of the urine. The properties of pain and the quantity of urine don’t matter, but if the urine is reddish like clay and the residue sticks to the toilet, Sepia is the right choice.
Mercurius corrosivus [Merc-c]
Mercurius corosivus is a perfect UTI remedy that impacts the upper and lower parts of the urinary tract. The bloody and albuminous (white, thick) urine makes the homeopath consider Mercurius Corrosivus as remedy #1.
Homeopathic treatment for UTI in Philadelphia
Traditionally, Philadelphia is the motherland of American homeopathy. Hahnemann University Hospital is proudly named after the founder and developer of the world of homeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. Philadelphia Homeopathic Clinic, directed by medical doctor Victor Tsan, is one of the most recognized facilities in the US and worldwide. Our practitioners evaluate and treat patients from all over the world who come to the clinic.
Homeopathic remedies are very effective for treating acute and chronic urinary tract infections.