Urinary Tract Infection
The urinary tract is made up of the organs and tubes of the urinary system, including the kidneys, urinary bladder, ureters and urethra. An infection can occur in any or all of these parts. Most urinary tract infections (UTI) occur in the bladder. However, if left untreated or if particularly virulent, infections can spread upstream to the kidneys. Kidney infections are far graver and can lead to more serious problems. UTIs tend to start from exterior exposure of bacteria through the urethra (the tube that connects the bladder with the outside of body). The bladder is the first organ the pathogen meets, and so this is usually where symptoms begin such as burning with urination, frequent or scanty urination, discolored or cloudy urine, foul-smelling urine, pain in the lower abdomen or low back, chills, fever, nausea, and vomiting. At Tao of Wellness we use traditional therapies like acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional therapy as safe and effective ways to help treat UTIs.
How We Successfully Treat UTIs
UTIs are not new. People have been suffering with them since humans walked the earth and they tended to affect more women than men due to the shorter length of the female urethra. Traditional Chinese Medicine has time-tested remedies to help ease the initial discomfort of a UTI and also rid the body of the pathogen. Acupuncture helps boost immune function, and specific antibacterial Chinese herbs are used to attack the pathogens that caused the infection–providing the relief without the side effects of most prescription medications.
Regardless of how long you’ve suffered or what medications and supplements you’re already taking, Tao of Wellness works with the most challenging of patients with UTI. We’re an integrative health center that works alongside the other specialists on your medical team. You’ll start by setting up an initial consultation. One of our doctors will review your current condition in addition to your medical history. We want to know besides your acute condition what other symptoms you’re also experiencing as Chinese Medicine also considers how your urinary symptoms are related to the rest of your health. After your consultation you’ll be offered an individualized treatment plan for your UTI that may include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional therapy. Your doctor will then answer any questions you have before beginning your therapy.
Our Customized Therapies for Overcoming UTIs
There are acupuncture points all over the body to treat UTIs. Acupuncture has been found to be an effective modulator of the immune system. Local acupuncture points around the area of the bladder in the lower abdomen activate white blood cells—your troops to join the fight against the invading bacteria. A large part of acupuncture is about effective circulation. These white blood cells, in addition to the other immune modifiers carried within your blood, can be more effectively distributed to the problem area via acupuncture. Other acupoints will be chosen to alleviate pain and restore proper water metabolism, helping your body heals itself and restore normal urinary function. Learn more about acupuncture.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
There are many different types of Chinese herbs to address UTIs. Poria and pearl barley improve the flow of urine. Phellodendron and skullcap have been found to inhibit bacteria, while rhubarb and peony can help alleviate pain. Our practitioner will help custom-formulate a Chinese herbal remedy for your unique symptom presentation, ensuring a quick recovery. Learn more about Chinese herbal medicine.
Each patient receives general nutritional guidance but undergoing a Nutritional Consultation offers much more. Our doctors certified in Traditional Chinese Nutrition will customize an eating plan, complete with meals and snacks, from an array of UTI-healing foods. Common anti-inflammatory foods that also ease urination include many juicy fruits and vegetables including celery, cucumber, and cranberry. For those with recurrent UTIs, research has shown that consuming unsweetened cranberry juice or taking cranberry extract can reduce future episodes by 20%. There are many other food combinations that our doctors may recommend and we look forward to helping you eat your way back to health.
Over-the-counter UTI products are plentiful and to get the right one at the right dose requires the help of experts. Tao of Wellness is committed to supporting you by providing the right combination of supplements to add to your healing regimen. Cranberry extract is very popular and its active ingredient, D-Mannose, are readily available as well. Vitamin C and other antioxidants can reduce inflammation, as can the tropical fruit enzymes papain and bromelain. As well, probiotics may be taken orally by anyone to support proper balance of bacteria, or vaginally in women to combat common yeast infections that occur after a round of antibiotics are prescribed to fight the UTI. Instead of being overwhelmed by the wide array of supplements touted for UTIs our expert practitioners will help choose the appropriate supplements for you. Learn more about nutritional therapy.
Natural Healthcare for Urinary Tract Infection
Tao of Wellness was established in 1976 as a resource to address urinary tract infections. We strive to support you in mind and body, and invite you to make an appointment for your health and wellbeing. It would be our pleasure to serve you.