• Liyan Lu

Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Updated: Oct 11, 2019

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra.

Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than are men. Infection limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur if a UTI spreads to your kidneys.

Doctors typically treat urinary tract infections with antibiotics. But you can take steps to reduce your chances of getting a UTI in the first place. You can take these steps to reduce your risk of urinary tract infections:

Drink plenty of liquids, especially water. Drinking water helps dilute your urine and ensures that you'll urinate more frequently — allowing bacteria to be flushed from your urinary tract before an infection can begin.

Drink cranberry juice. Although studies are not conclusive that cranberry juice prevents UTIs, it is likely not harmful.

Wipe from front to back. Doing so after urinating and after a bowel movement helps prevent bacteria in the anal region from spreading to the vagina and urethra.

Empty your bladder soon after intercourse. Also, drink a full glass of water to help flush bacteria.

Avoid potentially irritating feminine products. Using deodorant sprays or other feminine products, such as douches and powders, in the genital area can irritate the urethra.

Change your birth control method. Diaphragms, or unlubricated or spermicide-treated condoms, can all contribute to bacterial growth.

All above information from Mayo Clinic

Healthy Ping’s suggestions:

Probiotics have been publicized as being able to help to prevent UTIs. Found in food such as yogurt, these microorganisms are a type of “good” bacteria that may help with digestion and protect the body from harmful bacteria.

Vitamin B2 strengthens lining mucous membrane on urinary tract, respiratory tract, digestive tract and blood vessel wall. It improves local defense function.Our clinical experience showed that taking vitamin B2 100 mg /day can prevent UTI.

Vitamin C & Cranberry juice: Taking high dose of vitamin C or drinking cranberry juice can limit the growth of some bacteria by acidifying the urine. If taking a high dose doesn’t cause you diarrhea, you can take vitamin C 500 mg 1-2 times a day.

Bee propolis has antibacterial properties. Most UTIs are caused by E. coli bacteria, which normally live in the colon. Our clinical experience showed that taking bee propolis can reduce the frequency of UTI.

Chinese patent medicines: Chuan Xin Lian Kang Yan Wan 穿心莲抗炎丸 is effective herbs for anti inflammation and anti infection. Wu Lin San五淋散 has properties of diuresis to flush out bacteria. Combined two herbs has more advantages for controlling UTI.

Prevent woman urine infection after sex life: 1) He needs to wash and clean the foreskin of the penis before sex life. 2) She needs to empty her bladder and wash the genital area shortly after sex.

Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Ping's Meridians Massage and acupuncture on bladder channel promotes energy flow, improves blood circulation, reduces inflammation and easy lower back pain resulting from UTI.

Multi-purpose herbal bag: use it as a heating bag to help blood circulation and soothing UTI symptoms.

For more information please call Dr. Lu at (661) 513-9265, Ping’s Acupuncture / Bamboo Acupuncture.

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