Herbs used to treat urinary tract infections and cystitis (cranberry, goldenrod, bearberry)

Herbs have been used since the dawn of time, and are in fact what pharmaceutical drugs are made of originally. The herbal actions are not always easy to distinguish, as there are usually more than one. This doesn’t really matter, however, because we know they work.

Typical herbal medicines used to treat urinary tract infections are:

     Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)

This is a urinary antimicrobial and anti-adhesion.

     Goldenrod (Solidago spp.)

This herb has a handful of effects on the body, including the urinary tract, but may act as a diuretic to assist urinary tract infections.

     Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

This herb is a urinary antiseptic.