Urinary Tract Infections, also more commonly known as UTI’s, are one of the most common infections in our society. The most common cause of the infection is due to the E.Coli bacteria that lives in the digestive system and bowel. However, women, babies and elderly are more likely to contract the infection compared to men; about 1 in 2 women and 1 in 20 men will have an UTI in their life time and approximately 1in 3 women will have a UTI needing treatment before the age of 24.
Why are they more common in women?
UTIs are more common in women, particularly with increasing age. Women get more UTIs than men because of the length of their urethra.Women‘s urethra is fairly short and straight making it easier for germs to travel into the bladder.
- Changes in hormonal levels – some women are more likely to get an infection during certain times in their menstrual cycle.
- In older women – the tissues of the urethra and bladder become thinner and drier with age as well as after menopause or a hysterectomy.
- During pregnancy – the drainage system from the kidney to the bladder widens so urine does not drain as quickly. This makes it easier to get a UTI
How does the urinary system work?
The urinary system is made up of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. The Kidneys have more than one important job and one of them is to remove waste and extra fluid from the blood to make urine. Narrow tubes called ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Urine is stored in your bladder and emptied through the urethra.
A UTI can range from an infection of the bladder, to an infection of the kidney.
- If the infection is in the urethra, it is called urethritis.
- Infection in the vagina is called vaginitis.
- Pyelonephritis describes an upper urinary tract infection, which is very serious as it may affect the kidneys.
- If it is in the bladder, causing urinary bladder inflammation, it is called cystitis.
Symptoms of UTI’s
- burning sensation when passing urine
- wanting to urinate more often, to only pass a few drops
- cloudy, bloody or very smelly urine
- pain in the lower part of your body
Signs of UTIs in children:
- low fever
- new day or night wetting in a child who has been dry
- feeding problems in babies
It is very important to have an UTI treated as if left untreated it can lead the infection to the Kidneys and thus causing Kidney failure.
How we resolve UTI’s here at AcuNatural Health clinic Brisbane
We believe in treating UTI’s by using Chinese medicine remedies which are more efficient and less strenuous on the body than standard antibiotics. For thousands of years, the Chinese have observed life processes and relationships between earth and humanity. Consequently, Traditional Chinese Medicine has developed an approach to the well being as a holistic consideration of health and disease and of the delicate interplay between these opposing forces. Our practitioners will pay attention to the physiological and psychological aspects of the patient to gather all relevant information until it forms what Chinese medicine calls a “pattern of disharmony”.The patterns of disharmony provide the framework for treatment.The therapy then attempts to bring the configurations into balance, to restore harmony to the individual. The Chinese Medical practitioner gives each patient a unique herbal treatment based on his or her diagnosis.
One of our patients,Vicky, has experienced a great improvement throughout our treatment and was able to be fully cured from recurring UTIs. Vicky wanted to fall pregnant, but it was very difficult for her due to the bacteria from the UTI that killed the sperm. She came to AcuNatural Health clinic Brisbane where our practitioner Jane was able to help Vicky with her UTI problem as well as helping Vicky to become pregnant.
Vicky’s urinary tract infection was followed by AcuNatural Heath clinic practitioner, Jane Ma, who has reported throughout their time together Vicky’s progress:
“When first Vicky came to see me in 2012 she had chronic UTi’s before every menstruation cycle and she was very sensitive to any type of medication. Vicky wanted and tried to fall pregnant many times to no avail. After evaluating Vicky’s medical conditions and asking more questions about her UTI’s I was able to conclude that the bacteria from the UTI was killing the sperm thus no pregnancy. We agreed to a 3 months Chinese herbal treatment as well as acupuncture. In those three months her UTI’s started becoming less straining and painful until they stopped happening and at the end of 2013 Vicky was finally able to fall pregnant. In Early 2015， she has come back to AcuNatural Heath clinic Brisbane to prepare for her second baby. She had no UTI since her first treatment.”
Another patient that was cured from her one time UTI, at AcuNatural Heath clinic Brisbane‘s Chinese herbals remedies, was Jane’s daughter. Here’s her story reported by Jane:
“On Saturday night, of the 29th of May, around 9pm my daughter came back from the portside food market looking for me, I thought she might bring me some food, but I was not any excited when I heard she wanted advice from me. She took me to her bed room, told me she had very bad UTI, pain and sting when passing urine, so she tried to hold it in, she still felt very uncomfortable even if she was not passing urine. The pain was so severe that it made her very agitated and worried because she had a busy schedule ahead and she could not afford to be sick and take any day off. She kept asking me when she was going to get better, so I told her every one of my patients had great result, after they took AcuNatural Heath clinic herbal formula. She looked very suspicious and she started talking about seeing a Doctor. She was worried about might needing a urine test, and having to wait for the test result meaning she would be in pain for a while before being cured. So my daughter decided to drink Chinese herbs around 9:30, and 2nd time at 11; 30. Next morning she was much better, only slightly stun the end of urination and after that she no longer had her UTI.”