Herbal Solutions for Urinary Tract Infections: A Literature Review

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  • Department of Pharmacy, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Piparia, Vadodara – 391760, Gujarat ,IN
  • Department of Pharmacy, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Piparia, Vadodara – 391760, Gujarat ,IN
  • Department of Pharmacy, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Piparia, Vadodara – 391760, Gujarat ,IN
  • Department of Pharmacy, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Piparia, Vadodara – 391760, Gujarat ,IN




Antimicrobial, Herbal Remedies, Hydration, Probiotics


If treatment is not received, Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), which are frequent microbial illnesses affecting the urinary system, can lead to discomfort and problems. Because they have antibacterial qualities and can potentially reduce UTI symptoms, natural treatments have been used. Supplements or juice made from cranberries are one popular natural treatment. Proanthocyanidins, which are found in cranberries, have the potential to inhibit bacteria, especially E. coli, from adhering to the lining of the urinary tract, hence decreasing the risk of infection. Its efficacy is still up for discussion, though, and certain drinks’ high sugar content may make UTI symptoms worse. D-mannose, a kind of sugar included in fruits like peaches and cranberries, is another commonly utilised treatment. D-mannose inhibits germs from sticking to the walls of the urinary system, in a manner akin to that of cranberries. It’s believed to be effective against E. coli, a common UTI-causing bacterium, but it’s ideal dosage and long-term effects require further research. Probiotics are thought to be helpful for UTIs, particularly those that contain lactobacilli strains. They may lessen the chance of infection by assisting in the maintenance of a balanced population of bacteria in the urinary tract and gut. There is, however, little data to support their direct influence on UTI treatment. Herbal treatments with possible antibacterial effects, such as buchu, goldenseal, and bearberry (uva-ursi), have been used historically. These herbs have ingredients that may aid in the battle against germs in the urinary system, but further research is needed to determine how safe and effective they are. Increasing water consumption is a simple yet effective treatment. Drinking enough water dilutes urine, which lowers the quantity of bacteria that could lead to an illness, and aids in the removal of bacteria from the urinary system. Even while these natural treatments seem promising for treating UTIs, it is important to see a doctor before using them, particularly if you think the illness may be serious. Certain medical issues may prevent the use of natural therapies, or they may interact negatively with medicines. When used as the only treatment for acute UTIs, they are frequently less successful than when used as preventative measures or in conjunction with traditional medicines. The main line of treatment for severe or persistent UTIs is still medical intervention with antibiotics to avoid complications and recurrent infections.


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Shah, N., Kumari, M., Sadhu, P., & Talele, C. (2024). Herbal Solutions for Urinary Tract Infections: A Literature Review. Journal of Natural Remedies, 24(3), 537–544. https://doi.org/10.18311/jnr/2024/36059



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Received 2024-01-02
Accepted 2024-02-27
Published 2024-03-01



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