Usually caused by a bacterial infection, cystitis refers to a urinary bladder inflammation. Although it is usually temporary, it can become very annoying if it tends to reoccur. This condition affects more women than men due to the anatomical differences between sexes. Furthermore, a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of developing cystitis and older men suffering from prostate inflammations are more likely to contract the disease as well.
Living in the intestines without being of any risk to humans, the bacteria E. coli is often identified as the pathogenic agent of infectious cystitis when it leaves the intestines and ends up in the bladder. Other coliform bacteria that come from the urethra are also responsible for the disease. In principle, even when the bacteria enter the bladder, they are discharged in the urine. It is their rapid multiplication that leads to cystitis, sometimes resulting in an obstruction of the bladder and urinary tract.
Even when it is not caused by an infection, cystitis can generate persisting itching. Some researchers believe that interstitial cystitis is an autoimmune condition but its actual cause is still unknown. Very chronic, this interstitial condition affects women more than men. A very sexually active lifestyle can also cause haemorrhagic cystitis in women. Bacterial infections of the bladder caused by Staphylococcus saprophyticus or E. coli can also lead to haemorrhagic cystitis. In addition, about 10% of people with cystitis complain about the overexposure of the pelvis during radiation therapy. This radiation causes injury to the bladder. Finally, very rare and diagnosed by biopsy, eosinophilic cystitis is caused by the infiltration of many eosinophils in the bladder.
A person suffering from cystitis usually complains of feeling a sharp pain in the lower region of the basin. He or she can sometimes have cramps around that area. Almost all of the symptoms of cystitis are related to the urinary tract. The patient may experience severe pain before urinating. The pain sometimes intensifies during urination and the patient may sometimes need to force himself or herself in order to have proper urinary flow. The pain, accompanied by burning sensations, may persist shortly after urination. Sometimes the urine only comes in tiny quantities and discharging them becomes very painful for the patient.
The urine of a person suffering from cystitis may release an unusual and foul smell. It can also contain blood and the urine’s colour can suddenly become abnormal (cloudy urine). The quantity of urine is often very abundant and contains mucus. Sometimes the patient can have sudden and frequent urges to urinate.
To deal with cystitis as best as possible, it is advisable to consult your doctor at the onset of the first symptoms. A man or a woman should always consult his or her doctor when he or she has difficulties urinating, if the urine’s colour changes suddenly, or if the urine has a stronger smell than usual. When the body temperature exceeds 38 ° C (100.4 ° F) and the pain intensifies, it then becomes necessary to seek medical attention to determine the eventual presence of cystitis.
In homoeopathy, Cantharis 5 CH is the most commonly used preparation to treat cystitis that is accompanied by severe pain and burning sensations around the urinary meatus, urethra and bladder. One should take 3 granules every 30 minutes. When the pain is more severe, homoeopaths prefer resorting to Mercurius corrosivus 5 CH. It is particularly indicated when the pain intensifies during urination as the urine content in the bladder decreases. In that case, one will also need to take three granules every half hour. In the case of acute or chronic cystitis that is accompanied by pain that cannot calmed by urination, the appropriate remedy is Equisetum hyemale 4 or 5 CH. It is effective when there are abundant amounts of urine and that it is accompanied by mucus.
If the patient experiences burning sensations while urinating and that pain spreads to the kidneys, Terebenthina 5 CH is the recommended remedy, especially if the absence of urination soothes the pain. Taking three pellets of Apis mellifica 5 CH every half hour is recommended when there is a scarcity of urine and if the patient feels burning sensations and pain that spreads to the bladder and urethra at the time of urination. When the patient is forced to push during urination and is subject to severe pain radiating from the genitals to the thighs, homoeopaths recommend the use of Pareiva brava 4 or 5 CH to relieve the pain. In general, one should take 3 pellets per dose, spacing out the intakes every 30 minutes. Colibacillinum 4, 5 or 6 CH is a remedy that is used in complement. In case of chronic cystitis, it is taken once a day. Another complementary treatment in case of acute cystitis is Anticoli serum 6 CH and the dose must be taken 4-6 times a day.
E. coli cystitis is fought off effectively with Formica rufa 4 to 5 CH, by taking 3 granules of this remedy 3 times a day. It is especially effective when it is found that the urine is a very foul odour and an abnormal colour. If after further analysis, an excessive amount of uric acid and / or albumin is found, resort to Formica rufa to treat cystitis effectively. This remedy is indicated if the affection seems to worsen in cold weather or when the patient consumes dairy products.
Generally, the usual prescription for preventing cystitis involves taking 6 granules of Colibacillinium 7 CH once a week for several months. When the urine becomes blood-stained, it is advisable to take 5 granules of Mercurius corrosivus 7 CH every hour to relieve the patient and treat the haemorrhagic cystitis. When cystitis is not caused by an infection, homeopaths frequently use Cystocalm which is a combination of 6 remedies. Take 5 drops, to be deposited on the tongue, every 10 minutes until the dysuria disappears. Staphysagria 15 CH is recommended when there is evidence that cystitis is of psychosomatic origin. Clematis erecta is the most commonly used remedy for the treatment of cystitis that causes a constant urge to urinate.
Women can get cystitis during menopause, or at the end of a pregnancy or menstruation cycle. In such cases, the recommended remedy is Sepia. In case of urinary tract deformation, resulting from an infectious or congenital abnormality, the problem can only be resolved by a surgical procedure. In anticipation of this intervention, homoeopathy can prove to be very useful. The recommended treatment involves taking a dose of Colibacillinium 15 CH, either monthly or every two weeks. Some people suffer from recurring forms of cystitis when they undergo medical procedures pertaining to the genitals or urinary tract. It is advisable for them to take Populus tremoloïdes 9 CH 9 before these surgical procedures to prevent these unwanterd occurrences. Eryngium aquaticum 9 CH can also be used under the same conditions.
Good to know: Homoeopathy also allows one to prevent cystitis. Since it has been determined that medical interventions, menopause, pregnancy or even menstruation cycles can lead to cystitis, homoeopaths have developed remedies to counter this pathology.