Cystitis is the inflammation of the bladder. The symptoms are usually a burning feeling during urination and a need to urinate frequently. The inflammation may be caused by a secondary infection in the urethra, the kidney, or by retained urine in the bladder caused by an enlarged prostate gland.

Cystitis is most common among women under 50 years of age, particularly during pregnancy. Sexual intercourse can lead to inflammation that can spread to the bladder by way of the urethra. This is often called ‘honeymoon cystitis’. Poor hygiene and tampons can also cause inflammation.

If you are a frequent sufferer of cystitis there are a number of things that can be done to help prevent further attacks and relieve the symptoms.

1. Wear cotton underwear, never synthetic.

2. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Water helps flush the kidneys, bladder, and urethra.

3. Eat alkali-forming foods (see list in acid/alkali food chart). All vegetables and fruits are alkaline after digestion and should be eaten every day. Your diet should be 80% alkali-forming foods and 20% acid-forming foods. Eating foods in these proportions will help maintain good health and prevent infection.

There are a number of herbs that can relieve the symptoms and clear up the infection quickly. They are corn silk, boldo marshmallow, couch grass and bearberry.


Buchu 440 mg 3 times daily


(Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) 230 mg 3 times daily

cornsilk 800 mg 3 times daily

couch grass 800 mg 3 times daily

sodium sulphate 33 mg 3 times daily

sodium phosphate 195 mg 3 times daily

vitamin C 200 mg daily

vitamin E 500 IU daily


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