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Women’s Health: Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are caused by bacteria (usually E. coli) in the urinary tract or bladder. These infections can be painful and cause symptoms like burning while urinating, urgency and increased frequency urinating, low-grade fever, and even low back pain.
From teens through middle age, the most common causes are overeating sweets, which causes an overgrowth of bacteria, and sexual transmission. In peri-menopausal women, I often hear “I have an urgency to urinate like I have a UTI, but my urine tests don’t show any evidence of infection.” In this case, the cause is due to the thinning of the estrogen-dependent lining of the outer urethra.
In Western medicine, UTIs are treated with a course of antibiotics. If someone suffers from recurring UTIs, the frequent use to antibiotics can cause an imbalance in intestinal gut flora and issues with digestion. Most of the time antibiotics can be avoided by using natural methods to treat UTIs. If symptoms get worse then a course of antibiotics may be necessary.
In Chinese Medicine most UTIs are considered to be damp-heat in the lower jiao (bladder). To treat damp-heat in the lower jiao we choose food, acupuncture points, and herbs that clear heat, dispel dampness, and promote urination. READ MORE
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