Bladder infections, also known as flatulence, are one of the most common complaints of the cool, damp season. It usually affects women, but it also affects men, with frequent, low-volume, burning urination and lower abdominal pain.
Although usually caused by a bacterial overgrowth, several factors contribute to its development:
- Weak immune system: when our reserves are depleted and there is a lack of vitamin and mineral replenishment, the body signals with the appearance of acute lesions. In chronic cases, our gut flora can become imbalanced, leading to immune deficiencies and fungal infections that can spread to the urinary tract.
- Urinary tract obstruction (stones, tumours, etc.) or prostate enlargement may cause urinary retention and infection.
- Hormonal effects: in a state of estrogen deficiency (e.g. menopause), the vaginal flora may be weakened, leading to bacterial proliferation and spread.
- Sexual intercourse: during sexual intercourse, normal gut bacteria may enter the urethra, causing local inflammation.
- Cold effect: Cold weather and inadequately layered clothing can slow down the circulation in the affected area, reducing its resistance.
Because nature offers excellent remedies for immune deficiency and inflammation, and because we can easily identify predisposing factors in ourselves, curing cystitis can be quick and effective. If symptoms do not subside within two to three days, seek medical advice to avoid complications.
Can yarrow help
If you need quick help, you can always rely on herbs. Fortunately, they are now readily available at a good price. For example, cat’s bane is an excellent remedy for colds, which are more common in the cool autumn months. It has the most beneficial effect on the female pelvic organs, so it can be used for any female problem.
It can be found in woods, fields, roadsides, fields and even in our own gardens. Its flowers are white or pinkish. It has a strong essential oil content in sunlight, so it is recommended to pick it at this time. The flowers are mainly used for tea, but the whole plant is needed for a sitz bath. It can be tied in a bunch and dried, and can be taken at home at any time.
In case of colds, both the tea and the sedentary bath are recommended. It also helps to relieve inflammation, regulates kidney function and stimulates circulation. To make the tea, use 1 teaspoonful, boil it in a quarter of a litre of water, leave it to steep for a short time and then drink it while still warm. For colds or urinary problems, take 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup in the evening. The effects will be felt in a few days, but you should drink one course of tea.
If you want to take a sitz bath, soak 100 g of yarrow in cold water overnight, then boil it the next day and add it to the bath water. Sit in it for 10-15 minutes. Bath in this way for at least 2-3 days.