The bladder and lower urinary tract are susceptible to inflammatory disorders that cause pain and discomfort. Conditions such as urethritis, cystitis and bladder infections occur in many people regardless of age or overall health. Various herbal remedies are effective in the treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and other bladder conditions, but can sometimes cause side effects. Double check with your natural health practitioner before starting to use unfamiliar herbs.
Herbal tea made from Cleaver has the ability to reduce inflammation of the bladder and also protect against UTIs. Cleaver tea is also an effective treatment for those that need to urinate often and urgently due to bladder spasms, helping to control and reduce the spasms. As well as reducing spasms, cleaver tea also improves bladder function and helps the bladder to restore itself. Consult an herbalist or natural health practitioner regarding correct dosage.
Buchu tea is a powerful diuretic that reduces bladder inflammation and acts as a natural diuretic. Buchu is a herb that originates from South America. The tea consists of the leaves of three different plants that belong to the same family. Despite Buchu tea’s powerful diuretic properties, it also protects against incontinence by treating bladder infections.
Chinese herbs can be used alone or combined to make powerful natural remedies. Chinese herbs are often given in tea form, and some varieties can help with bladder problems. Women that are currently experiencing menopause should drink a tea made from Cornus officinalis. This herb provides relief from irritable bladder that is caused by hormonal imbalances during menopause. Alpinia oxythylla is useful for those who have lost bladder control and need to urinate frequently. Panax ginseng also guards against incontinence by relieving bladder spasms. Chisandra chinensis is an adaptagen, which is a substance that helps the body deal with stress. It is an ideal herb for those that suffer from ‘nervous bladder’. Consult a doctor of Oriental medicine or other practitioner familiar with using Chinese herbs before starting treatment. Herbal remedies are often created according to the patient’s individual needs, so you should never attempt to self-treat your condition.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, green tea guards against bladder cancer in both men and women. The tea is packed with antioxidants that are essential for neutralizing free radicals that promote the development of certain cancers. Green tea is also a powerful stimulant, diuretic and possesses astringent properties. Like most tea, green tea is caffeinated, but those who are sensitive to caffeine or simply want to avoid it can purchase decaffeinated versions. Too much caffeine can cause symptoms such as insomnia, jitters, anxiety and nervousness. You can still reap the same health benefits from both caffeinated and decaffeinated green tea. If you suffer from kidney disease, it is advisable to consult with a doctor before drinking green tea.
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“Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: The Definitive Home Reference Guide to 550 Key Herbs with all their Uses as Remedies for Common Ailments”; Andrew Chevallier; 2000
University of Maryland Medical Center: Green Tea
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