Alternatives to Migraine and UTI Medicines
by Camille Nesler
Urinary tract infections occur when bacteria stick to the walls of the urinary tract, which consists of the bladder, the kidneys, the ureters and the urethra. The urinary tract carries the urine out of the body. These infections will usually go away if treated quickly but if left untreated can cause damage that can lead to kidney failure.
Migraines are more than just severe headaches: they are a neurological disease with symptoms such as numbing pain and light sensitivity.
Medications are often prescribed for both of these conditions, but there are alternative treatments available.
Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection
A person with a urinary tract infection may experience a variety of symptoms, including a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning upon urination. It is common to pass only a small amount of urine despite the urgency, and for the urine to appear cloudy instead of clear. Infections in the urinary tract will usually not cause a fever until the infection has reached the kidneys.
Cranberry juice is one alternative treatment for urinary tract infections. It has long been known to help reduce some of the symptoms, such as pain and frequency of the need to urinate. It also prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder, which can help to either prevent an infection or combat an existing one.
Probiotics are strains of "good" bacteria that occur naturally in the body. Some studies have shown that probiotics in the stomach and vagina are associated with a lower risk of urinary tract infections. Probiotics such as Lactobacillus may be taken orally. It is believed that, like cranberry juice, they prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder.
Acupuncture for Migraines
One of the most common alternative treatments for migraines is acupuncture. This procedure involves the insertion of fine needles into one or more pressure points of the body, followed by manipulation of the needles. This causes an increase in blood flow through the tissues and a dilation of the vessels around the needles. Many people find this technique effective in the prevention or management of migraines.