The Nature Doctor
The urinary bladder is a hollow organ made up of muscle fibres and lined with mucous membrane. Ordinarily, the bladder has the capacity to hold about 750ml of fluid. Since the fibre cells are elastic, like rubber, the bladder is able to expand greatly without suffering any damage.
According to the amount of fluid collected, pressure is exerted on the walls of the bladder and, as it mounts, this triggers the feeling of needing to pass water. However, the amount of fluid present in the bladder is not the only force causing the urge for elimination.
External influences such as exposure to the cold produce it too. Having cold feet or stepping barefoot on to cold tiles or a cement floor cause a contraction of the bladder wall and a strong need to pass water, even if the bladder is only partially filled.
A bladder infection creates the same urge, but often the patient is able to produce only a few drops of water while suffering pain and discomfort. The bladder is one of the body’s most sensitive organs, and one that reacts to physical as well as emotional stimuli in an unusually strong way.
Bladder Inflammation (Cystitis)
Certain bacteria such as staphylococcus, streptococcus and sometimes E-coli can often be responsible for bladder infections. The symptoms of cystitis are pain or burning sensations on passing urine. Due to the infection and irritation a strong urge to pass water persists. The urine generally contains some red and white blood cells, is cloudy and forms a white, often slimy sediment when left standing.
One of the best medicines with which to counteract any kind of inflammation is Echinacea. In an acute infection, doses of five to ten drops should be taken every hour for eight hours. After this initial period, use 25 drops each of Echinacea and Uva-ursi three times daily to clear the infection completely.
In cases where the patient is unable to control urination due to a weakness of the sphincter muscles, Uva-ursi can also be used.
The same drops are usually excellent for enuresis (bedwetting)in children.