Introducing! A. Vogel Uva-Ursi & Echinacea Cystitis Solution!

A. Vogel Uva-Ursi & Echinacea Cystitis combines Uva-Ursi and Echinacea to help relieve the irritating symptoms of cystitis and provide all important immune support at a time when your body may be more prone to infection.

Unlike some remedies, this dynamic duo is not associated with any side-effects and they do not cause thrush, which can be a problem when antibiotics are used too frequently. Overuse of antibiotics can also cause the bacteria responsible for cystitis (typically E.coli) to become resistant to their action, making cystitis harder to treat.

All the more reason to look for a natural solution!

Uva-Ursi is an excellent herb for urinary tract infections, especially those that have already taken hold.

Also known as Bearberry (possibly owing to it being a favourite foraging treat for bears) Uva-Ursi has a remarkable effect on the bladder, possessing the ability to work specifically in the bladder rather than anywhere else in the body.

It travels through the body remaining inert until it reaches the bladder, where it changes structure, being hydrolysed to produce a substance called hydroquinone, and it is hydroquinone which is responsible for Uva-Ursi’s disinfecting action on the bladder.

Uva-Ursi can be expected to help bring relief from an attack of cystitis within 12-24 hours. Taken long-term, Uva-Ursi’s astringent action is thought to strengthen the membranes within the urinary tract whilst its antiseptic action guards against infection.

And where does Echinacea come in? The immune system plays a part in controlling the growth of bacteria, both in the gut and in the urinary tract. Poor immune function makes you more prone to infections, and recurrent infections weaken immune function, making the bladder lining more susceptible to further infections – a nasty vicious circle! Echinacea purpurea is well known for its role in the treatment of colds and flu and immune strengthening action on the body’s immune system.

A. Vogel Uva-Ursi & Echinacea Cystitis costs £9.75 for 50ml and is available from Jan de Vries stores nationwide and online from www.yourhealthfoodstore.co.uk.

The Lowdown on Cystitis

·  Cystitis is a bacterial infection of the bladder and lower urinary tract.
·  It is more common in women than men because the passage from the bladder to the outside world is that much shorter, making it easier for bacteria to spread.
·  Symptoms depend on the severity of the infection but can include burning or discomfort on passing urine, passing frequent, small amounts, low abdominal pain or backache and cloudy or unpleasant-smelling urine. 
·  All in all, it’s quite an unpleasant affair! You’re sent speeding to the loo, propelled by an urgent need to pee, urination can be extremely uncomfortable so that you fear to drink, unwilling to pass more water, yet dehydration actually makes the situation worse - concentrated urine being extremely irritating to the bladder lining!

So what to do? Cystitis SOS

·  Stay hydrated! Drink at least 1.5 litres of still, plain water daily and avoid ordinary tea and coffee and fizzy drinks, which will make you pee but they won’t dilute your urine. They can also have a negative impact on the pH of your urine, making you more susceptible to infection.
·  Go easy on the antibiotics: It’s important to have antibiotics available for serious urinary tract and kidney infections, but avoid antibiotic overuse by taking steps to avert UTIs and treating mild infections naturally.
·  Empty your bladder frequently and don’t resist the urge to urinate – decency permitting, when you need to go, go!
·  Avoid tight clothing and non-cotton underwear.
·  Be berry good to yourself! Fresh cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, important for immune health, and they also contain D-mannose, a constituent that is thought to help to prevent unfriendly bacteria from sticking to the wall of the bladder and causing infections. If infection has already taken hold and you’ve had that tell-tale twinge, Uva-Ursi or Bearberry can help to bring relief from an attack within 12 to 24 hours.

If symptoms do not improve within 48 hours, medical attention should be sought.

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