As a continuation of the previous articles from the set, this one continues to examine the homeopathic treatment of urinary tract infections, accenting of the affections of the bladder.
Problems with the bladder may be caused by nervous system affections, which give rise to enuresis or to the opposite – retention of urine. These are the most difficult urinary disorders to master, even with homeopathy, for the underlying factor is in the psyche of the patient.
The inflammation of the bladder, referred to as cystitis, causes burning and cutting pains before, during or after urination, frequent urging and copious or scanty quantity of urine.
Manifestation of the Disease | Prognosis for Recovery
Like nephritis, the acute inflammation of the bladder starts with chills, hot and dry skin, eventually nausea and vomiting, scanty and unusually colored urine; the pains becomes deep-seated, burning and cutting, sometimes extending over the whole abdomen, and into the penis or rectum. The bladder region is tense and heavy and sometimes sharp pains, as if pinching the bladder, are felt. The urine quantity is diminished, or is discharged by drops, or is entirely suppressed. It is possible to contain blood or patches, or mucus. The opposite case is also possible, with frequent passing of large quantities of urine.
Cystitis can be a result from kidneys affections, stones in the bladder, venereal diseases, injuries or bacterial infections.
The prognosis is very favourable when homeopathic treatment is applied. In acute cases the inflammation can be interrupted entirely in a day. The chronic cases demand constitutional treatment with more than one remedy; led by experienced homeopath.
Quite frequent the urinary tract infection is treated by antibiotics. This is the less favourable treatment possible because it is suppressive. Once acute cystitis is treated with antibiotics, it is most certainly that it will come back again, in more severe form and a tendency to progress into a chronic disease.
Homeopathic Remedies of High Potencies
The remedies presented bellow should be considered together with those from the previous chapter, for inflammation of the bladder quite frequently extends to the upper urinary passages.
Aconitum napellus is the first remedy we think of when the commence of the disease is sudden, with high fever, dry burning skin, burning pain during urination; and possible wetting of the feet or being at cold dry wind, or at cold wet place, just few hours before the beginning of the fever.
General symptoms: great uneasiness, muscle pains, sore feeling in the entire body, dry painful cough. Ailments from shock; fear from death; extreme nervousness and anxiety at both physical and mental levels are concomitant symptoms of the remedy.
Aconitum is a remedy for acute stages of bladder and kidney inflammation.
Apis mellifica has marked increase in the quantity of urine. Patient experiences burning and sore pains during urination, feeling as if urethra was scalded. The desire for urination is too frequent; the men feel uneasiness in the spermatic cord while urinating; people stay in the bathroom all day and night, for the urging is incessant. The urine is unusually profuse, every few minutes. However in later stages, when pathology hits the kidneys, the urine becomes scanty, even suppressed.
General characteristic of this remedy is the undying need for doing something. Apis is the busiest remedy, with constant need to work; however they often just fuss about. Usually the cystitis is preceded by outdoor physical activity. It is right sided, warm-blooded remedy, better from cold air, worse from heat.
Sarsaparilla officinalis is important remedy for cystitis, with frequent and copious urination. Key symptom for Sarsaparilla is the cutting, unbearable pain at the close of urination. Also unusual characteristic is that patients can’t pass urine, unless standing. When sitting, the urine dribbles. In the bladder is formed white small sand, which is evacuated with the urine, which is somewhat clouded or could come up bloody. Urination is more frequent at night, with large quantities of urine.
The remedy is right sided, better when standing. The patients are in very bad mood, very chilly, aggravated at night and from getting wet; and worse in damp cold weather.
Terebinthinae oleum is specific remedy with manifested symptoms in the urinary tract. Its mental picture is not very clear; however the mental state is ameliorated after urination. Generally there is tendency to hemorrhages, burning pains and swellings. Patients are chilly and dropsy, worse at night, and from lying on the left side. Pains are better from stooping, from motion and from turning to the right side. Patients feel great weakness on going to bed.
The inflammation of the bladder is presented by smoky, or bloody, sometimes even black urine. Sometimes the urine has coffee grounds; sometimes smells like violets.
Often urinary tract becomes affected after an attack of scarlet fever, or after any acute disease with high fever. There is violent burning through all urinary passages. The tongue is smooth and glossy red. The cystitis is recurring on every turn of the weather from dry to damp.
Biochemical Salts Combinations
For first stage of cystitis following salts should be prescribed morning and evening:
Later stages and chronic cystitis will be influenced by:
When the inflammation is predisposed or caused by worms in children, the treatment can be supplemented by: