Homeopathic Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection
Aconitum apellus: This remedy is often useful when a person feels anxious both
before and during urination, with hot, scanty urine, and a burning or spasmodic feeling in the
outlet of the bladder. It can also be helpful if retention of urine occurs after a person has
been very cold and chilled, or after a shaking experience.
Apis mellifica: This remedy is indicated when the person frequently needs to
urinate, but only small quantities are passed. Stinging and burning sensations are felt
(especially with the last few drops) and the person may also experience soreness in the
abdomen. Heat and touch make the symptoms worse, and cold applications, cool bathing, and open
air bring relief. A lack of thirst is another indication that Apis may be needed.
Belladonna: This remedy may be beneficial if urging to urinate is frequent and
intense, and the bladder feels very sensitive. A cramping or writhing sensation may be felt in
the bladder area. Small amounts of highly-colored urine pass. (This remedy is sometimes
helpful if a person passes small amounts of blood and no serious cause can be found on medical
Berberis vulgaris: Cystitis with twinges of cutting pain, or a burning feeling that
extends to the urethra and its opening, may indicate a need for this remedy. The passage may
also burn at times when no attempt at urination is being made. After emptying the bladder, the
person feels as if some urine still remains inside. Urging and discomfort are often worse from
Cantharis: Strong urging to urinate—with cutting pains that are felt before
the urine passes, as well as during and after—may indicate a need for this remedy. Only
several drops pass at a time, with a scalding sensation. The person may feel as if the bladder
has not been emptied, still feeling a constant urge to urinate.
Borax: This remedy can be helpful for cystitis with smarting pain in the urinary
opening and aching in the bladder, with a feeling that the urine is retained. Children may cry
or shriek, afraid to urinate because they know the pain is coming. Borax is often
indicated for people who are sensitive to noise and inclined toward motion sickness.
Chimaphila umbellata: If a person has a troublesome urge to urinate but has to
strain (or even stand up and lean forward) to make it pass, this remedy may be useful. A
scalding sensation may be felt while the urine flows, with a feeling of straining
Clematis: This remedy may be indicated if a person has to urinate frequently with
only a small amount being passed. A feeling of constriction is felt in the urinary passage,
and the flow may be interrupted, or there may be dribbling afterward. A tingling sensation may
occur, lasting long after urination is finished.
Equisetum: If cystitis is accompanied by dull but distressing pain and a feeling of
fullness in the bladder, even after urinating, this remedy may be helpful. Urging and
discomfort are more intense when the bladder has recently been emptied, improving over time as
the bladder become more full.
Lycopodium: This remedy may be helpful if a person has to urinate frequently during
the night and passes large amounts of urine. Or the person may feel a painful urge, but has to
strain to make the urine flow. Pain may be felt in the back before the urine passes. (If fever
is present, the urine has a reddish color, or discomfort is felt in the kidney region, the
person should see a doctor.)
Nux vomica: Irritable bladder with a constant need to urinate, passing only small
amounts, suggests a need for this remedy. Burning or cramping pain may be felt in the bladder
area, with an itching sensation in the urethra while the urine passes. The person may feel
very irritable, impatient, and chilly. Symptoms may be relieved by hot baths or other forms of
Sarsaparilla: This remedy is often useful in cystitis and often helps when symptoms
are unclear, or if other remedies have not been effective. Frequent urging is felt, with
burning pain at the end of urination. Urine passes when the person is standing up, but only
dribbling occurs while sitting. Flakes or sediment are sometimes seen in the urine.
(Sarsaparilla is sometimes helpful when stones are forming or the kidneys are
involved; however, these conditions need a doctor’s care.)
Sepia: This remedy may be helpful if a person has to urinate frequently, with sudden
urging, a sense that urine will leak if urination is delayed, and small amounts of involuntary
urine loss. The person may experience a bearing-down feeling in the bladder region, or
pressure above the pubic bone. A person who needs this remedy often feels worn-out and
irritable, with cold extremities, and a lax or sagging feeling in the pelvic area.
Staphysagria: This remedy is often indicated for cystitis that develops in a woman
after sexual intercourse, especially if sexual activity is new to her, or if cystitis occurs
after every occasion of having sex. Pressure may be felt in the bladder after urinating, as if
it is still not empty. A sensation that a drop of urine is rolling through the urethra, or a
constant burning feeling, are other indications. Staphysagria is also useful for
cystitis that develops after illnesses with extended bed rest, or after the use of
Homeopathy Dosage Directions
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X,
6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and
wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If
improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The
frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be
required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and
in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What is Homeopathy? and Understanding Homeopathic Potencies.