Urethritis is swelling and inflammation of your urethra, or the the tube that transports urine from your bladder to the outside world. The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that urethritis is commonly caused by a bacteria or virus, although it may also be caused by certain sexually transmitted infections, injuries or chemical sensitivities. Herbal remedies for urethritis may be helpful. However, ask your doctor about natural treatment methods before using them.
The National Health Service of the United Kingdom states that urethritis is one of the most common reasons that men seek help from a genitourinary or reproductive health specialist, although urethritis may affect women, too. Common signs and symptoms associated with urethritis include white and cloudy penile discharge, a burning sensation during urination, penile soreness and a persistent urge to urinate. Risk factors for this condition include having numerous sexual partners, engaging in risky sexual behavior and a having history of sexually transmitted infections.
Herbs may be safe way to enhance the integrity and functioning of your body's various systems, says the University of Maryland Medical Center. Standardized cranberry extracts may improve the health of your kidneys, while green tea possesses strong antioxidant and immune-enhancing effects. Cat's claw possesses antibacterial and anti-fungal action, while uva ursi, or upland cranberry, and bromelain may treat urethritis. These herbs should be used in conjunction with conventional treatment methods for urethritis.
Uva ursi is a botanical remedy that is commonly used in treating urinary tract disorders. According to Phyllis A. Balch, a certified nutritional consultant and author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," the leaves of the uva ursi plant help combat bacterial infections and may be useful in treating bladder and kidney infections and disorders of your prostate gland. Uva ursi is both a urinary tract antiseptic and a diuretic, or a substance that helps rid your body of excess water.
There are several health complications associated with urethritis. Men with this condition may develop bladder infections, epididymitis and testicular and prostate infections. Women with urethritis may develop bladder infections, cervicitis and pelvic inflammatory disease. If you develop the symptoms of urethritis, report to your family doctor at your earliest convenience to be properly diagnosed and treated. Ask your doctor about the use of herbs in treating this condition and what herbs may be appropriate for you.
- National Center for Biotechnology Information: Urethritis
- National Health Service: Non-Specific Urethritis
- "Prescription for Nutritional Healing"; Phyllis A. Balch, CNC; 2010
Martin Hughes is a chiropractic physician, health writer and the co-owner of a website devoted to natural footgear. He writes about health, fitness, diet and lifestyle. Hughes earned his Bachelor of Science in kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and his doctoral degree from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Ore.