Bladder infections.

Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
Subject: Re: Bladder or Urinary Tract infection?
From: (SMills1138)
Date: 9 Aug 1995 16:40:38 -0400

> What would help fight a bladder or urinary tract infection ?

Here's the recipe. Don't lose it! It works every time and practically immediately.

1 tablespoon yarrow flowers and leaves
1 tablespoon bearberry (uva ursi)
1 tablespoon cornsilk
1-½ teaspoons juniper berries
Then boil 3 cups of water nd add 1 tablespoon echinacea root. Simmer 20 minutes. Then pour over 1-½ teaspoons of the above herb mixture. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Drink 1 cup a day for a week.
ALSO (important) take two 00 caps of powdered goldenseal root followed by ½ glass warm water and 1000 mgs. Vit. C before each meal.

This regimen has knocked out long-standing chronic infections the doctors didn't help.

Source: Healing Yourself by Joy Gardner, 6th ed. (probably long out of print)

Back when I had these painful infections, in addition to the tea I usually only took the goldenseal, two 00 caps to start, then one morning, one evening for a couple of days, then one a day for a couple more. Always worked, and without having to take so much goldenseal.

From: "Choli R. Lightfoot" <>

Drink lots of crannberry juice. I was told to drink two large bottles of plain (preferrable unsweetened) crannberry juice the first day you feel like you have a bladder or urinary tract infection and then two wine glass size glasses a day for the rest of the week.

If you have already started the anitbiotics that the doctors give you then don't bother it is better for your body to continune taking the perscription.

From: (Kim)

Indeed. Cranberry juice is best.

However, I have also had good luck with cornsilk tea...then again, I didn't have any sort of urinary tract infection _per se,_ but rather what may be politely termed "honeymoon cystitis"... could be a different problem all together.

Oh well. It worked, anyway.

From: (Duane Weed, D.C.)

>However, I have also had good luck with cornsilk tea...then

Good advice but I want to add another. I have found that this works even better: Try canned asparagus. Eat a whole 12 oz can AND drink the juice. If you have a severe or persistent case repeat every day or take two cans each day. I have seen this work wonders even in severe cases with hemorrhaging.

From: Maggie Houston <>

When visiting a friend in Alabama she gave me a morning drink of Apple Cider vinegar and honey in water. Within hours my symptoms were gone and after 3 days so was the infection. It has been 3 months since then. The vinegar changes the ph of the kidney. When a proper ph is reached the infection can not survive. Also I had tried cranberry juice extract for several weeks before hand. But always drink lot of water or foods such as grains which have lots of water in them.

From: (MC)

>>When visiting a friend in Alabama she gave me a morning drink of Apple Cider vinegar and honey in water.
>Could you find out from your friend what proportions (s)he used for the honey/cider vinegar drink?

It's usually like 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar in a glass of water. I'm sure you could increase this, but it would be better to drink 2 glasses and get the water with it. Perhaps start out at 1 teaspoon of each. -M.

From: (smiller)

> I was told NOT to get the cranberry juice cocktail because it would make my body more acidic and not help. Anyone with more or other info please post.

Cranberry juice doesn't work simply because of the acidity it imparts - otherwise, lemonade would work as well. It prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder walls. It doesn't matter how you get your cranberry juice - cocktail, health food store concentrate, what have you. The only problem with it is the store variety is SO sugary, and when you have to drink so much of it, it can make you light-headed. I would love it if I could find unsweetened cranberry juice!