We’ve all been there at some point; in fact, up to 50 percent of women have experienced it – a urinary tract infection, or UTI, is extremely common. And while an acute flare-up is pretty easy to treat with a simple course of antibiotics, this isn’t always the right route to take, especially if the UTI is a chronic infection and requires a long-term solution. But who wants to put chemicals into their bodies for extended periods? If you’re looking for a more natural alternative to treating a UTI then give Buchu a try – it might just hold the key to managing recurring UTIs naturally.

UTIs are caused predominantly by bacteria or yeasts which originate from the bowels. The urinary tract is normally considered sterile, thanks to the flow of urine that usually washes out the bad bugs which try to creep into the bladder.  Most of these organisms are present in the gut and if they contaminate the urinary tract they become problematic.

Treating a UTI from the moment it starts, or even before symptoms start rearing their ugly heads is key. Not treating a UTI is risky business and can cause serious damage to the kidneys should the infection move up to the kidneys.  When left untreated bacteria from the UTI can also hide in the bladder wall causing chronic cystitis (interstitial cystitis) with on-going inflammation and pain.

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That’s where Bucu comes in. Long renowned for its potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and healing properties, Buchu is one of those medicinal herbs indigenous to South Africa that keeps proving itself as a better alternative to chemical medicine. The easiest way to ingest Buchu is to use a vitamin supplement like Buchulife’s UTI Relief (find it at Wellness Warehouse at R130 for 40 capsules).

Containing scientifically formulated Buchu oil, these capsules have been shown to act like a natural antibiotic by eliminating the source of the infection while alleviating the pain and inflammation that comes with UTI’s. They can also be used as a long-term preventative measure against UTIs and causes no side effects.

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