UTI Pain Relief (Urinary Tract Infection)

Alleviating Pain
If castor oil packs are applicable in your case, you may refer to the my post ‘How-To: Castor Oil Packs’. As an example, they can be topically applied over the bladder or kidney regions (on the back).

Don’t underestimate the power of simply massaging the kidney area as well with just your fingers (or someone else’s). Some like to use a stick for massage or a vibrating wand.

During acute flare-ups of pain and burning it is recommended that one or more of the following remedies be consumed frequently (every 30-60 minutes).

Herbal Infusions:
Marshmallow root cold infusions may be ingested to help soothe and alleviate pain in the urinary tract.

Marshmallow Root Fomentation
During flare-ups, in addition to the Marshmallow cold infusions, you can apply Marshmallow root fomentations.
1) Add approximately 3 cups of water to a pot.
2) Add 3 heaping tablespoons of shredded marshmallow root to the water.
3) Bring the shredded marshmallow root to a boil for 15 minutes.
4) Turn down the heat and wait for the tea to cool down to a comfortable but warm temperature, while remaining on the stove (to keep it warm).
5) Place two cloths in the pot. Let them soak up the liquid for 30 seconds or so. Take one cloth, wring out the excess liquid and place it over the bladder. Keep it there until the cloth has cooled, then put it back in the pot and switch with the other cloth. Then repeat.
During flare-ups, stop intake of liquid lymphatic formulas. Once the flare-up subsides, resume intake of lymphatic formula at half dosage of what you were taking and see if the pain/burning returns.

Slippery Elm Bark Tea
Slippery elm is another mucilaginous and soothing herb. Brewed as tea, slippery elm will help alleviate pain in the urinary tract.
1) Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
2) Add 2 tablespoons of powdered slippery elm bark to your drinking cup.
3) Allow the tea to steep for 3-5 minutes and consume immediately.
To begin with, consume 3-4 cups at most throughout the day.

Anti-Inflammatory Herbal Blend
Ingredients:
 ½ cup of cut and sifted yarrow
 ½ cup of cut and sifted uva ursi
 ½ cup of marshmallow root
Instructions:
1) Place ingredients in a quart jar.
2) Pour 32 oz. of boiling water into the jar.
3) Allow it to infuse for 2 hours before consuming.
Sip on this blend frequently, drinking about 1 cup per hour.

Baking Soda
An additional option for achieving relief of pain is baking soda.
1) Add ½ teaspoon of baking soda to herbal teas or in plain water and consume.
This can be done 2-3 times per day.

Comfrey Leaf Herbal Infusion
What you’ll need:
 Quart (32 oz.), sealable mason/preserving jar (preferably made of glass)
 1 ounce of cut & sifted Comfrey leaves
 32 fl. oz. of water
 Pot or electric water boiler (with a 32+ fl. oz. capacity)
Instructions:
1. Place plant material into quart jar and pour 32 fl. oz. of boiling water into the jar (make sure all plant material is submerged)
2. Give content a good stir, then cap and seal the jar
3. Allow the Comfrey to infuse/steep for 4 hours or overnight 4. Once finished, strain off the plant material and discard (compost if possible); the infusion is now ready for serving Drink a pint (16. oz./2 cups) per day (you can drink half a quart the first day, half a quart the following day – and repeat). This infusion should be consumed within 36 hours at most. Any mint (peppermint, spearmint, etc.) (1-2 pinches) can be added to the infusion to slightly curb the astringency and enhance flavor.

Marshmallow Root Cold Infusion
What you’ll need:
 Pint (16 oz.), sealable mason/preserving jar (preferably made of glass)
 Cut & sifted Marshmallow root (enough to fill ¼ of jar)
 Lukewarm water
Instructions:
1. Place plant material into pint jar and fill to top with lukewarm water (make sure all plant material is submerged)
2. Cap and seal the jar
3. Allow the Marshmallow to infuse for at least 4 hours or overnight
4. Once finished, strain off the plant material and discard (compost if possible); the infusion is now ready for serving
Consume or apply as needed. You can drink 16+ oz. of this infusion daily.

Nettle Herbal Infusion
A nettle leaf infusion is a superb tonic for the kidneys and the rest of the urinary system and also helps to relieve pain.
What you’ll need:
 Quart (32 oz.), sealable mason/preserving jar (preferably made of glass)
 1 ounce of cut & sifted Nettle herb
 32 fl. oz. of water
 Pot or electric water boiler (with a 32+ fl. oz. capacity)
Instructions:
1. Place plant material into quart jar and pour 32 fl. oz. of boiling water into the jar (make sure all plant material is submerged)
2. Give content a good stir, then cap and seal the jar
3. Allow the Nettle to infuse/steep for 4 hours
4. Once finished, strain off the plant material and discard (compost if possible); the infusion is now ready for serving
Drink a quart (32. oz./4 cups) throughout the day. You can drink this infusion daily; this infusion should be consumed within 36 hours at most.

When addressing UTI the protocols should generally go lightly on the lymphatic herbs, at least until kidney filtration has been achieved. Acid type fruits can be problematic for certain individuals whom must rely more on sub-acid or sweet fruits. It is not uncommon for a person to have to start with a diet consisting predominantly of raw and cooked greens.

Sunny Morrow, a detoxification specialist who specializes in guiding people dealing with interstitial cystitis, places strong emphasis on the use of green smoothies (using primarily small amounts of banana and/or apple for sweetening) and salads as a means of transitioning toward being able to fully enjoy all varieties of fruit without excruciating pain.

Unless dealing with interstitial cystitis specifically, watermelons are a sublime choice of fruit for an extended mono-diet, if the person can tolerate it, due to their effective kidney cleansing properties.

Note that Dr. Morse does not recommend the use of whole cranberries, cranberry extract or cranberry juice.

In some cases, a change of diet is enough for total relief of pain for as long as the new diet is sustained. This presents an utmost fortunate opportunity to fix the problem without having to endure much, if any pain and agony in the process.

Interstitial Cystitis
If dealing with interstitial cystitis, try a regular infusion of comfrey leaf or a cold infusion of marshmallow root (instructions above). Continue either one of these infusions and monitor how your body responds in terms of pain levels.

In addition, the nettle herb infusion listed above can be used as a long-term nourishing and trophorestorative infusion for at least 3 months after symptoms have subsided.

Thank you Grape Gate and Dr. Morse

This is not medical advice and is for information purposes only. Do your research and take responsibility for your own health.