Health and Healing; Expert Advice on Your Wellbeing Queries

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Health and Healing; Expert Advice on Your Wellbeing Queries


Byline: DR ANDREW WEIL

Q I've had terrible bouts of cystitis for ten years, with burning pains in my kidney and loin area. I also get shivery and go hot and cold. The doctors have given me painkillers or antibiotics; the symptoms go away for a short time but then return.

A I assume you have had a thorough investigation for possible anatomical or physiological abnormalities that may account for your recurrent bladder infections. If not, you should consult a urologist, who can order the appropriate tests.

Your symptoms of pelvic pain and hot and cold sensations do suggest bacterial infections, but they should not be recurring unless something is making your lower urinary tract susceptible to them.

Cystitis is more common in women, whose urinary anatomy makes them more vulnerable than men. Conventional medicine treats it with the medicines you have taken, but often without addressing dietary and lifestyle habits that can affect the bladder's natural resistance to bacteria that may enter it.

Common causes and aggravating factors of cystitis are excessive consumption of coffee (including decaf) and other caffeinated beverages, use of tobacco, overuse of alcohol, dehydration, excessively frequent or traumatic sex, and poor hygiene (such as wiping from back to front after a bowel movement instead of front to back). Unmanaged stress can also be a factor, possibly by affecting nerves and muscles that control the bladder.

I would recommend the following actions to reduce irritation of the bladder and promote healing of the lower urinary tract, regardless of the immediate cause of your episodes.

. Increase your intake of water so that you urinate more frequently.

. Do not hold on to your urine. You should try to go as quickly as possible when you feel the urge.

. If you smoke, stop.

. Avoid foods that can irritate the bladder, especially coffee and alcohol.

Red and black pepper and other pungent spices can also cause problems.

. Cranberries (and blueberries) contain a substance that makes it harder for bacteria to adhere to the bladder wall so they get flushed out of the body.

Take advantage of this by drinking unsweetened cranberry juice concentrate, diluted with sparkling water. Or take encapsulated powdered cranberry extract, 400mg daily (such as Cranberry Extract Tablets, 200mg, by Quest Vitamins, [pounds sterling]12.89 for 60 vegetarian tablets) - double the dose if you have an active bladder infection.

. To promote healing of the bladder after an infection, try using the herbal remedy uva ursi (tincture by Eclectic Herbals, [pounds sterling]8. …

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