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Fight cystitis with the means of nature
Pain in the lower abdomen, constant urge to urinate, burning when urinating: a bladder infection (cystitis) can be extremely uncomfortable. Women get it much more often than men. Bacterial infections can usually be treated well with an antibiotic. But often there is not just one infection and the symptoms appear again and again over a longer period of time.
In order to avoid resistance to antibiotics and to save the body from the possible side effects, the European Association of Urology (EAU) at its annual congress dealt with alternative treatment options for acute, uncomplicated urinary tract infections.
Which natural remedies help against cystitis?
At the annual conference of the European Association of Urology (EAU), natural treatment methods against uncomplicated cystitis (cystitis) were presented. In addition to a case study, a study from 2018 was primarily used to prove that a certain combination of three herbal active ingredients works just as well against cystitis as an antibiotic. A phytotherapeutic agent with the main components lovage root, centaury and rosemary leaves (BNO 1045) can be just as effective in treating uncomplicated cystitis as taking antibiotics.
Why are antibiotic alternatives important?
A growing number of pathogens are developing resistance to antibiotics. These therefore lose their effect and can no longer do anything against many bacterial infections. In addition, taking antibiotics can have unpleasant side effects, including the destruction of the natural intestinal flora. Antibiotics should therefore only be used if there are no sensible alternatives.
Measures to prevent further bladder infections
To prevent bladder infection from recurring, there are some recommended preventative measures, according to the European Association of Urology (EAU). Above all, this includes an increased daily drinking amount, a strengthening of the immune system and the restoration of a healthy vaginal flora. You can find more tips on treatment and prevention in our article “Effective home remedies for cystitis”.
A urinary tract infection can have serious health consequences. Therefore, you should always first clarify what type of infection it is and whether it is complicated or uncomplicated. The best treatment method for the individual case should always be discussed with the doctor treating you. Accompanying measures should also be carefully coordinated. If you would like natural treatment, the best thing to do is to speak actively to your doctor about whether this is useful and possible in your case. (kh)
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This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Magistra Artium (M.A.) Katja Helbig
- Naber, Kurt G., Tandogdu, Zafer, Köves, Bela et al .: UTI - quo vadis? New alternatives to treat uncomplicated urinary tract infections; in: Clinical Phytoscience - International Journal of Phytomedicine and Phytotherapy, Vol. 5, 40, 2019, Springer Open
- Wagenlehner, Florian M. et al .: Non-Antibiotic Herbal Therapy (BNO 1045) versus Antibiotic Therapy (Fosfomycin Trometamol) for the Treatment of Acute Lower Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections in Women: A Double-Blind, Parallel-Group, Randomized, Multicentre , Non-Inferiority Phase III Trial; in: Urologia internationalis, Vol. 101, Issue 3, page 327-336, 2018, Karger
- World Health Organization (WHO): Antibiotic resistance (access: 02.12.2019), www.who.int