Bladder Infection



First Draft © Dennis Rocke & Dr J. M. Mungavin 1983

Updated Dennis Rocke © 2022

Bladder Infection


A bacterial infection is the usual cause of cystitis. Cystitis is an inflammation of the inner lining of the bladder. The bacteria interrupt the elimination of urine from the bladder and anything that obstructs the voiding (emptying) of urine or actually leads to incomplete emptying of the bladder will cause infection.

Urine left in the bladder will turn stagnant and stagnant urine makes an excellent incubator and breeding ground for bacteria.

The reason cystitis is more common in women than in men is the urethra (the tube which carries the urine from the bladder) is short making it easier for the bacteria to travel from the urethral opening on up into the bladder.

It is very rare for men to suffer from cystitis because of the longer urethra and usually occurs when there is an enlarged prostate gland.

The main symptoms of cystitis are:

  • Discomfort in the lower abdomen
  • Fever or sometimes chills occur
  • Frequent urges to pass urine and only a small amount of urine passed each time
  • In children there may be no urinary symptoms, but they may cry when passing water or develop a fever
  • Passing of urine is accompanied by pain
  • Sometimes the urine contains blood or is foul smelling

With chronic bladder infections an increase of acid in the urine is advisable as it helps to hold back bacterial growth. Keeping an acid-based balance in the body is of high importance and must not become too alkaline. Emphasis must be put on importing the following to the diet, cottage cheese (preferably home-made), whole grain products, natural cheeses, and cereals. The patient should be advised to eat very sparingly and for a week or two should concentrate on a minimum of fruits and vegetables.

It is important that the patient is given large doses of both Vitamin A and Vitamin C and also lots of tea made with herbs. Both watermelon and pumpkin seeds are also very beneficial.

Unlike when treating anaemia, cystitis sufferers should put more emphasis on acid foods and less alkaline ones. Foods such as whole grain products, cottage cheese and cereals are beneficial.

Another very beneficial drink is cranberry juice as cranberry juice increases the acidity in urine and increasing acid within the urine helps to prevent the growth of bacteria. This should be given to the patient at least twice daily, one glass in the morning and then the second before retiring to bed.

Re-introduce the fruit and vegetables to the patient’s diet after an improvement has been noticed. A very good idea is to give the patient a glass of water with 1 teaspoon of natural honey and 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar stirred in with every meal.

Beneficial Treatments
  1. If the patient is suffering from an acute condition, then it is advisable to start him/her on a 1 week juice fast using both fruit and vegetable juices. Once the week of fasting has finished put the patient on the health diet making sure that emphasis is put on foods such as nuts, grains and seeds. if after this the condition is persisting, then follow up with another week on the juice fast and 2 more weeks on the health diet. The most beneficial juices to use during this fast are:
    • Any vegetable juice, add garlic when making the juice as garlic is a very good cleanser.
    • Beet top juice
    • Carrot juice
    • Cranberry juice (benefits explained above)
    • Cucumber juice
    • Melon juice especially watermelon
  2. Twice a day the patient should take a hot health giving bath.
  3. If the patient is also suffering from constipation then each morning, he/she should be given an enema such as Fynnon’s Salts with catnip tea (1 teaspoon of dried catnip to a quart of boiling water, cool it down to at least body temperature before adding it to the salts.)
Daily Supplements (Recommended)
Vitamin A  

Under doctor’s supervision take 25,000 to 50,000 iu on a daily basis until symptoms decrease. Then drop to 25,000 iu.


Vitamin C  

In acute cases 5,000 – 10,000 mg daily reducing to 3,000 once an improvement in the patient’s condition has been noticed.


Vitamin E  

600 iu


Betaine Hydrochloride  

This is for older patients suffering from bladder problems. They should take 1 tablet with water after every meal.


Natural Multi Vitamins  

Take as prescribed by the manufacturer.


Whey Powder  

2 teaspoons with every meal