THE BLADDER is one of the body's most sensitive organs and can be affected powerfully by both physical and emotional factors.
A hollow, muscular sack made up of fibres and lined with mucous membrane, the bladder can normally hold about 750ml of fluid. Since the fibre cells are elastic the bladder is able to expand greatly without suffering any damage. However it can be very uncomfortable if something goes wrong.
When working properly the bladder fills with fluid from the kidneys exerting pressure on its walls where nerves trigger the feeling of needing to pass water. But this isn't the only way for the urge to be felt.
Exposure to cold can stimulate the bladder. Having cold feet or walking barefoot on cold tiles or concrete causes a contraction of the bladder wall and a strong need to pass water even if the bladder isn't full.
A bladder infection also creates this sensation, but often the patient can only produce a few drops of liquid and suffers great pain or discomfort.
Inflammation of the bladder - cystitis - is a bacterial infection and can be associated with a cold. An ancient law of natural therapy says, "Whatever the results from cold can only be taken away through heat".
Applied to the bladder this suggests hot herbal packs, compresses and prolonged sitz baths (a bath covering the buttocks, thighs and lower abdomen), which are very successful for treating this. Warm clothes on the lower part of the body will help prevent cystitis.
Hydrotherapy had been used for the treatment of disease and injury by various cultures for centuries. These therapies are used mainly to stimulate digestion and circulation, tone the body and boost the immune system.
The water used to prepare a compress should be as hot as your hands can bear when wringing out the cloth. The sitz bath should have a temperature of 37-38C. This must be carefully checked if the patient has a high blood pressure or a weak heart.
The bath should be taken for half an hour with hot water being added from time to time to maintain a constant temperature. Both the compresses and sitz bath can be used as contrast treatments alongside cold water treatment - five to six minutes of hot followed by 50 seconds of cold repeated three times.
Certain bacteria such as staphylococcus, streptococcus and sometimes colibacillus can be responsible for bladder infections. In rare cases the bladder may be affected by tuberculosis. This is more likely if the patient already has kidney tuberculosis as it permits the bacteria to enter the bladder through the kidneys and then cause problems at the slightest irritation.
Chronic cases of cystitis can occur if the problem isn't treated effectively the first time round. This means the symptoms last longer, recur frequently and require a longer course of antibiotics.
If the problems persist after medication it could be interstitial cystitis - chronic inflammation of the bladder wall, which isn't caused by infection and doesn't respond to antibiotics.
Symptoms of cystitis are stinging or burning sensations on passing water and because of the irritation there's usually a strong urge to visit the toilet when there's no real need. The urine may also contain blood or be cloudy and smelly. You may have a fever or generally feel unwell because of the infection.
Luckily there's a wonderful remedy on the market that effectively helps cystitis, interstitial cystitis and bladder weakness.
D-Mannose is a pure and natural extract of sweet forest timbers with no added ingredients. D-Mannose is a natural component of every cell in our body and the fastest and most natural way to treat cystitis.
This natural anti-inflammatory doesn't kill the bacteria like antibiotics but prevents them from attaching and so they're flushed out when you pass water.
The cell walls of most bacteria are covered with fimbriae - hair-like structures that cling like Velcro to the bladder and urinary tract making it very difficult to rinse them away when you urinate. The molecular structure of D-Mannose makes it work like the other half of the Velcro. The bacteria are bio-chemically attracted to the d-mannose in the urine and are flushed out.
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