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Cure Urinary Tract Infections Without Antibiotics – 3 Home Remedy Treatments

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August 13, 2014 (Updated: September 18, 2017)
Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D.

Few things are as annoying as a urinary tract infection (UTI).

These infections cause serious discomfort. Constantly feeling like you need to urinate, burning sensations, pain, blood in the urine – no wonder UTIs send some nine million people to the doctor each year.

Common intestinal bacteria, known as E. coli (Escherichia coli), cause all this misery. As long as the E. coli stays in the intestines, where it belongs, you have nothing to worry about.

But sometimes these bacteria gain access to the urinary tract, after accidental contamination by feces or sexual activity.

Women are more susceptible to UTIs. That’s because the female urethra (the tube that delivers urine from the bladder out of the body) is shorter than the male’s, giving bacteria easy access to the bladder.

When it comes to treating UTIs, antibiotics are the standard treatment. And that’s a big mistake.

There are two problems with using antibiotics to treat UTIs.

First, they’re unnecessary, since there are excellent, non-antibiotic UTI remedies available. You should refuse unnecessary antibiotics.

Why? Overuse of these drugs has created a horrendous problem with drug-resistant bacteria. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) calls these bugs “nightmare bacteria” and I completely agree. Once these lethal microbes enter the bloodstream, patients have a 50/50 chance of surviving.

That’s why I try to avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. And in the case of UTIs, there’s no need for them.

Second, antibiotics can make UTIs worse. Antibiotics kill all bacteria in the intestinal tract, including the good ones (known as probiotics) that are absolutely necessary to stay healthy and avoid future UTIs and yeast infections.

For example, a recent study found that women who used vaginal probiotic suppositories had fewer UTIs later than women who used a placebo (suppository containing no probiotics).

So clearly, probiotics are a much better choice than antibiotics!

When it comes to treating a UTI, here are my favorite non-antibiotic, home remedy solutions for UTIs:

1. Berries to the Rescue

If you have an ongoing problem with UTIs, you’ve probably tried cranberry juice as a remedy or preventive measure.

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Congratulations! Cranberry juice is an excellent choice.

It contains substances that prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder lining. The only trick is that it’s best to use unsweetened cranberries or cranberry juice, and those are both extremely tart.

Fortunately, you need to drink only four to ten ounces of cranberry juice daily. Add a few drops of stevia (a calorie-free herbal sweetener) if the juice is too bitter.

Cranberry supplements are another option. Take 500 mg twice daily.

2. A Simple Sugar Solution:

D-mannose is a naturally occurring sugar found in certain plants, including cranberries. You can buy D-mannose as supplements or in powder form.

As D-mannose travels through the body, it connects with substances that shouldn’t be there, like infection-causing bacteria (in this case, E. coli), and sweeps them out.

Individuals who suffer from recurrent UTIs can take a daily dose of one teaspoon of D-mannose for prevention. If you feel a UTI coming on, increase the dosage to one teaspoon every few hours.

Simply mix the D-mannose powder in water and drink. If you’re concerned about blood-sugar levels, don’t worry. Only a small amount of D-mannose is absorbed by the body, so it won’t raise your blood-sugar levels.

3. From Garden to Medicine Chest:

Asparagus extract supplements are another option. When it was tested against 18 different strains of bacteria, asparagus demonstrated strong anti-bacterial properties. And a second study showed that asparagus extract relieved inflammation, like the kind caused by a UTI.

So even though there are no studies testing its effectiveness specifically on UTIs, asparagus extracts have worked so well for my patients that they rave about its ability to ease symptoms.

Finally, to prevent re-infections, drink plenty of fresh, filtered water throughout the day to flush bacteria from your urinary tract.

Even better, add ½ cup unsweetened cranberry juice to 32 ounces of pure water, and drink throughout the day. It’ll provide a steady supply of bacteria-fighting substances to prevent recurrences.

One caution: If you use D-Mannose or cranberry juice for several days and the UTI symptoms don’t go away, see your physician to determine if the infection could be caused by something other than bacteria.

Untreated, UTIs can turn into a lethal blood infection known as sepsis. So please don’t ignore these symptoms.

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  • cindy mayer

    No, it is only sold in the website. It contains many types of natural herbs, so it is more expensive than other medicines. It started to work after I took it for half a month, and the infection cured fully after two months’ treatment. You can try it for one month, maybe it works on your condition.

  • Marduk

    Cranberry is 100 percent useless for UTI. Multiple international studies confirm this
    It is old wives tale. This post supplies disinformation.

  • Bekah

    Try baking soda water right away, 1/2 tsp in 8 oz water. Try to use the freshest baking soda possible, because it starts tasting nasty after a while, since it absorbs odors.
    It should make you feel much better within half an hour.

  • Bekah

    Are you still infected?

  • stephany

    Hello! I hope you reply. I always have utis and i’m soooo sick of them. don’t want to take anti biotics anymore. i’ve been ttsking d-mannose and other herbal pills for two days now but no progress. where can i buy the diuretic anti inflammatory pill? the site only says $500 a month which is crazy, do they sell these pills at your local pharmacy? please reply when you can!! thank u!!

  • Julia Crane

    Please tell us if these work!! I have had Uti’s all my life, antibiotics hurt me to unbearable levels now! desperately looking for help! I take everything else ever know to help with little help but yet to try these…. thank you God bless!

  • Marlys

    I believe I have a uti, every time I go to the bathroom it burns and my urine has blood in it. I currently do not have health insurance so I am trying all the home remedies. If it doesn’t improve soon, I’m going to go to the clinic anyways. Thanks for the tips

  • Wanda VanDeman

    Get the D-Mannose and take it every hour or two. It’s not terribly expensive and I know it works as it worked for me. Then when you do get it cleared up continue to take the D-Mannose once a day to prevent a return of infection.

  • cindy mayer

    I had 3 utis in 14 months, all of them due to E. coli. I tried antibiotics but I only got temporary relief. I also tried some home remedies like a large amount of water, fresh pineapples, cranberry juice. But no significant help. Luckily, I got a full recovery finally by taking a herbal medicine called diuretic anti-inflammatory pill.

  • Wida

    I have urinary tract infection and i don’t have health insurance. I’m trying to get rid of bacteria with things that I have and can afford. I don’t have burning anymore when I urinate (just a little bit), but the thing that worries me is that now I feel pain in the back. It may be a kidney (I hope not). I drink bearberry tea and eat garlic as substitute for antibiotic. My back pain is not intense anymore, but it still hurts.
    If someone have some extra tips how to treat that, I would be most thankful. Don’t won’t to screw up kidney at 28 🙂

  • Betty Boop

    That’s a shame!

  • pink glitter

    OMG! You don’t like asparagus! That’s the yummiest veggie ever (besides collard greens and boiled bok choy)! What kind of evil person are you! Jk jk ????????????. Have you tried it with a little bit of butter, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a small sprinkle of salt and pepper? It’s so yummy!????

  • Brieanna Reece

    That is so stupid just because you don’t want to eat healthy food. Doesn’t mean you should create a superbug.

  • maria

    So even tho you have the infection , this cures it?

  • Sarke

    Yuck – I think i’d prefer the antibiotics and superbugs over having to eat asparagus or drink cranberry juice

  • Deb Hajdarevic

    I have recurring urinary tract infections.
    Antibiotics do help but after using them I always get candida. I
    switched to herbal solution to avoid this. I use E-drops Nano from
    Canada. Pricey, but I don’t have to get another treatment to cure myself
    from another infection.

  • tenn2113

    Good and informative Thanks


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