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Herbs, foods and spices for urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections in men and women are caused by so many microorganisms.

There is the need to ascertain the microorganism(s) responsible in each case. The rule in treatment however, is that sexual partners should abstain from sex and remain faithful to each other for the whole period of undergoing a treatment program otherwise they will keep reinfecting themselves world without end.

In herbal medicine practice, herbs such as Citrullus colocynthis (bara), Cassia alata (Ogalu in Igbo, asuwon oyibo in Yoruba), Curculigo pilosa (Epakun in Yoruba), Gladiolus psitacinus (Isu baka in Yoruba), Alchornea cordifolia leaves (Ububo in Igbo, ewe ipa in Yoruba), Boerhavia diffusa root (etiponla in Yoruba), Kigelia africana, Newbouldia leavis bark and a host of others are usually employed in combination of 2, 3 or more herbs depending on the practitioner’s informed assessment and inclination . Unfortunately, no blanket recipe can be given for all types of UTI without identifying the causative pathogens and other health challenges of the patients involved.

In natural medicine practice certain foods assist the herbs to treat urinary tract infections and they include; pineapple, lemon, celery, parsley, lime, coconut water, watermelon with seed, cashew fruit, tomatoes and sugar cane. Healing spices include; garlic, onions, cloves, thyme and Piper guineense (uziza or iyere) seeds.

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Dr Gilbert Ezengige is a licensed natural medicine practitioner, lecturer and writer on health and social issues.

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