Herbs for cystitis caused by viruses and protozoa

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Last reviewed: 23.06.2022

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Treatment of cystitis of non-infectious nature is reduced to the removal of the irritating factor and the removal of inflammation of the tissues of the bladder. In this case, even one herbal treatment with a choice of plants that provide a diuretic and anti-inflammatory effect is enough. True, there is a risk that self-medication can lead to complications, i. To bacterial infection. And then you can't do without antibiotics.

Inflammation of the bladder in some cases caused by viruses. Although these situations are much less common, it is important to know that the treatment of non-bacterial cystitis is different from the treatment of inflammation caused by bacteria and protozoa. With a viral infection, immunotherapy comes to the fore, because the immune system is able to cope with most viruses on its own. And already to help her in identifying a persistent virus, antiviral drugs can be prescribed.

Many herbs have the ability to influence our immunity. Echinacea, Eleutherococcus, ginseng, Rhodiola rosea are primarily responsible for increasing general immunity, which prevents the penetration of the virus into the body, its introduction into living cells and the active reproduction of pathogens. Taking inside the decoctions and infusions of these plants, we carry out the prevention of many infectious diseases, including cystitis.

With the viral nature of cystitis, such treatment gives the body the strength to effectively fight the infection, which means that they can be included in the complex treatment, which also includes the use of diuretics, anti-inflammatory, tonic agents.

I must say that many herbs contain useful vitamins and minerals, so using them for cystitis, we also get a general strengthening effect. Moreover, some of the plants that have a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial effect also help to increase local immunity. Such plants include chamomile, yarrow, St. John's wort, lingonberry, as well as lemon balm, cranberry, elderberry and many other plants that are useful for both infectious and non-bacterial cystitis.

We can say that herbal treatment of viral cystitis is generally similar to the treatment of a common bacterial form of the disease. You can use the same herbs and plants, focusing on compounds that stimulate the immune system and increase the protective properties of the body, reducing the sensitivity of bladder tissues to infection. By taking such natural medicines internally, we ensure that they act both through the blood and through urine, healing not only the bladder, but the entire urinary system.

Recently, chlamydial infection has become widespread (its peculiarity is that chlamydia is an intracellular parasite that has the properties of both bacteria and viruses), as well as infections caused by protozoa: Giardia, Trichomonas, etc. They can enter the bladder both through the blood and from the outside (from the genitals and perineum to the urethra and further along the urinary tract).

Doctors, having determined the type of parasite, prescribe the appropriate medication. But to make it more effective, you can supplement traditional herbal therapy (with the permission of a doctor!).

The most common cause of cystitis is a sexually transmitted protozoan. We are talking about Trichomonas, provoking severe inflammation of the tissues. These parasites are very sensitive to antibacterial drugs from the imidazole group (like some other protozoa). A single dose of antibiotics is enough to destroy the infection completely.

Despite the fact that such treatment can be prescribed even for pregnant women, many, having a biased attitude towards antibiotics, do not want to resort to it, so they look for other methods of dealing with protozoa, often turning to alternative treatment.

We can say that some herbs, indeed, have a high activity against protozoa. Among such herbs, one can single out: Amur barberry or ordinary, birch leaves and buds, immortelle, bittersweet (saussurea willow).


Barberry has antiparasitic, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, hemostatic and diuretic effects. These properties can be useful in the treatment of any form and variety of cystitis. At the same time, the bark, the root, the fruits, and the leaves of the plant have healing properties. Leaves and ripe fruits can be added to salads and other dishes, adding a pleasant sourness, but a decoction of the bark and roots of the plant can be taken with cystitis as a medicine three times a day, 1 tsp.

A decoction is prepared at the rate of 10 g of vegetable raw materials per 200 ml of water. It is boiled for half an hour, after which it is left to infuse for at least 45 minutes, filtered, brought to the initial volume with boiled water and used as mentioned above.

A decoction of barberry is not recommended for pregnant women, as well as patients with severe liver disease, gallstones (has a pronounced choleretic effect), with increased blood clotting. [1]

Birch buds

Birch buds, collected in early spring during blooming, have anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, tonic effects, and are also effective against protozoa. This is a universal medicine for cystitis caused by various pathogens (bacterial, viral, fungal, caused by protozoa and non-infectious).

A healing decoction can be prepared from birch buds. Take 1 tbsp for a glass of boiling water. With a slide of vegetable raw materials (leaves or buds), boil over low heat for 20 minutes, then remove and leave to infuse for 3 hours.

Take a decoction of birch buds twice a day for 1 glass. It is best to do this half an hour before meals. Such a drink will cleanse the bladder and strengthen the body as a whole.

An infusion of birch leaves for cystitis is used for sitz baths. A three-liter jar is filled halfway with birch leaves, topped up with boiling water, wrapped and left to infuse for 2 hours. 10 liters of water heated to a warm state are poured into a bowl, filtered infusion of birch buds is added there and a sitz bath is taken for half an hour, periodically adding hot water.

A contraindication to the use of birch buds can only be an individual intolerance to the plant, which manifests itself in the form of allergic reactions. [2]


Immortelle recipes have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, and doctors believe they are effective against protozoa as well.

With cystitis, oral administration of an infusion of dried flowers of the plant is effective. It is prepared as follows: 10 g of vegetable raw materials are poured with 2 cups of boiling water and insisted in heat (it is better to use a thermos) for at least 1 hour.

Take the infusion in a course of 20 days, 1.5 cups in 3 divided doses. It is better to drink the infusion half an hour before meals.

This recipe will also help those who have helminthic invasion as the cause of cystitis.

Compositions based on immortelle should not be taken for a long time, because the accumulation of active substances in the body leads to the appearance of overdose symptoms. Do not use them for pregnant women, nursing mothers, people with high acidity of gastric juice, with liver diseases, manifested in the form of jaundice. [3]

Saussurea willow

A low-toxic plant with a pronounced antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effect, used for the treatment and prevention of infection with Giardia and Trichomonas, which can cause the development of cystitis. In addition, the herb contributes to the normalization of the intestinal microflora, which has a beneficial effect on its purification (regular stool allows you to remove harmful substances from the body that poison it and provoke inflammatory processes) and the state of immunity. [4]

With cystitis caused by protozoa, the infusion of Saussurea is indicated. Take 1 tbsp for a glass of boiling water. Crushed vegetable raw materials (available at the pharmacy) and leave to infuse for 3 hours. The filtered composition is drunk three times a day, 1 tbsp.

In the absence of contraindications to taking alcohol formulations, Saussurea tincture can be used. The plant and vodka are taken in a ratio of 1 to 10, the composition is left in a dark place for 14 days. Take three times a day for half an hour before meals. The recommended single dose is 20-30 drops diluted in ½ cup of water. Therapy of cystitis with tincture is carried out for no more than 2 weeks.

It is believed that the plant cannot be used for increased blood clotting and a tendency to thrombosis, hypotension, chronic constipation and intestinal obstruction. It is undesirable to take the plant during pregnancy or lactation.

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