Why Do I Keep Getting UTIs?
Urinary tract infections are usually caused by E.coli bacteria which is commonly found in the digestive tract. Initial infection can occur through sexual transmission or poor hygiene particularly after going to the toilet. You may keep getting UTIs if the bacteria remains present in your urinary tract or you keep reinfecting yourself. There are a range of treatments including antibiotics and Chinese herbal medicine.
Symptoms of Recurrent UTIs
- The need to urinate frequently
- Burning or pain on urination
- Cloudy urine
- Chills and fever
Western Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections
UTIs are commonly treated with antibiotics. Sometimes the antibiotics don’t kill all of the bacteria. When the conditions are right, the bacteria will regrow causing a recurring infection. People with recurring infections are often prescribed antibiotics for up to 6 months in an attempt to control the infection. Antibiotics not only kill the bad bacteria in your urinary tract, they also kill all of the good bacteria in your gut potentially leading to a range of digestive problems including diarrhoea, malnutrition, IBS, bloating, belching, fatigue, allergies and thrush.
Chinese Medicine Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections
Chinese herbs are prescribed to treat chronic UTIs. A specially tailored herbal formulation is prepared to help your body clear the bacteria from your urinary tract. Part of the formulation acts as a herbal antibiotic (but without any of the side effects of pharmaceutical antibiotics). Acupuncture melbourne is used to support and improve the effectiveness of the Chinese herbs. Chinese medicine can also be used in conjunction with antibiotics to more quickly and thoroughly clear the infection.