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Top Homeopathic Medicines for Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

Urinary tract infection or UTI is an infection in any part of the urinary tract which consists of kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract –the bladder and the urethra. Women are more prone to UTI than men.

homeopathic medicines for UTI

Top Homeopathic Medicines For Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Homeopathic medicines work wonderfully well on urinary tract infections, whether acute or chronic. Natural and safe, these medicines strengthen the disease-fighting mechanism of the body and make it strong enough to fight disease and infections such as UTI.

 Homeopathic medicines that are highly reliable for treating urinary tract infection are Cantharis Vesicatoria, Apis Mellifica, Sarsaparilla Officinalis, Nitric acid, Sepia and Colibacillinum.

1. Cantharis VesicatoriaFor Extreme Burning Before, During and After Urination

Cantharis Vesicatoria is among the primary medicines for treating urinary tract infection. The key symptom to look out for while prescribing Cantharis Vesicatoria is intense burning before, during or after urination. There is a constant urge to urinate. Scanty urine or urine passed in drops from UTI is also best treated with Cantharis Vesicatoria. At times, blood in the urine can also be seen.

When and How to use Cantharis Vesicatoria?

The most striking feature to use this medicine is burning sensation — before, during and after urination, along with frequent desire to pass urine. Cantharis is best suited in 30C potency. It can be repeated 2 times in a day.

2. Apis Mellifica – For Severe Burning While Passing Urine

Apis Mellifica is the next important medicine for urinary tract infection. The person requiring Apis Mellifica will complain of burning or stinging pain while passing urine, especially last drops of urine cause intense burning. There is also bladder tenesmus (sensation of incomplete bladder emptying even when there is no urine left behind in bladder). In some cases, blood appears in urine. 

When and How to use Apis Mellifica? 

It can be used when there is burning, stinging sensation during urination mainly when passing last drops of urine. It can be taken in low 30C potency that can only be repeated twice in a day. It is also used in 200C but in order to do so, one should carefully look for the symptoms and not repeat it frequently.

3. Sarsaparilla Officinalis– For Intense Burning Towards The End Of Urination

To treat UTI with intense burning when a person finishes urination, Sarsaparilla Officinalis is the most reliable medicine. Other accompanying characteristics for use of Sarsaparilla are – scanty urine, urine with pus and blood and pain in urethra extending to the abdomen.

When and How to use Sarsaparilla Officinalis?

The key guiding symptom for the use of Sarsaparilla Officinalis is unbearable pain when urination finishes. It is recommended mainly in 30C and gives expected results. Doses can be repeated depending on the severity of the symptoms but not more than 3 times in a day.

4. Nitric Acid – For Burning During Urination With Foul Smelling Urine

Nitric Acid is one of the most effective medicines for urinary tract infection where the major symptoms include burning while passing urine that is highly offensive (foul-smelling) like horse’s urine. Urine is scanty, cloudy, dark or bloody.

When and How to use Nitric Acid?

The offensiveness of urine is the marked feature of nitric acid. This remedy is best suited to patients who have foul smelling urine passed with burning and stinging pain. It works well in low potency i.e. 30C, normally use of this medicine is limited to once to twice in a day. Higher potencies are not recommended until a physician asks you to do so.

5. Sepia – For UTI In Women

Sepia is rated among the most beneficial medicines for treating urinary tract infection in women. Sepia is prescribed when there is cutting pain in the bladder. The urinary stream is weak and the urine smells bad. There is a feeling of the pubic area getting pushed down. Sepia is also very useful in cases of chronic cystitis (bladder inflammation). It is also recognized as the best medicine for urinary tract infection in women going through menopause.

When and How to use Sepia?

Sepia is a highly recommended medicine for UTI which has proven to give phenomenal results, especially in females. From handling symptoms like painful and slow urination, feeling of pubic area getting pushed down to chronic bladder inflammation, this remedy seems to work on every aspect of the problem. It gives remarkable results in 30C potency but should not be repeated frequently.

6. ColibacillinumFor Escherichia Coli (E.coli) Positive UTI

For urinary tract infection that tests positive for Escherichia coli bacteria, Colibacillinum is the best medicine. The symptoms to use it include an urge to pass urine frequently, scanty urination and pain while passing urine. The urine may smell. Blood in urine is noted in certain cases.

 When and How to use Colibacillinum?

This remedy is specific for cases of urinary tract infections with Escherichia coli (E. coli) Positive culture report with symptoms of painful, frequent urination.

It is advisable to use it in lower potency 30C only once a day. If there is no improvement, it is strongly recommended to consult a homeopathic physician.

Note The above-listed medicines can be taken for 1-2 weeks. If the symptoms still persist, it is best to consult a homeopath before taking it further or using high potencies (200C, 1M or higher).

Types Of Urinary Tract Infection

An infection can happen in any part of the urinary tract, following are the types of UTI:

Urethritis: An infection in the urethra is known as urethritis.

Cystitis: An infection in the urinary bladder is referred as cystitis.

 Pyelonephritis – Infection in the kidneys is referred as pyelonephritis.

Pathophysiology And Causes Of UTI

A urinary tract infection arises when bacteria gain access to the urinary tract and begin to multiply there. Escherichia coli, commonly known as E.coli, (a type of bacteria commonly found in Gastrointestinal tract, GI) is the most common bacteria infecting the urinary tract. The bacteria mainly enter the urinary tract via the urethra and gut. Other less commonly known bacteria causing UTI are Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas and Klebsiella.

Cystitis is mainly caused by Escherichia coli (E coli), 90 % of bladder infections are caused by E coli, however, sometimes other bacteria are also responsible.

Urethritis: This type of UTI occurs when GI bacteria spread from the anus to the urethra. Also because urethra in females is close to vagina, sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhoea, herpes, Chlamydia and mycoplasma can cause urethritis.

Risk  Factors

Following factors make a person more prone to UTI. Women are more likely to contract this disease, risk factors specific to women for UTI are mentioned here:

1. Anatomy of female: The length of urethra is short and its orifice being quite close to the anus in women, makes it easier for the bacteria to spread to the bladder. This leads to higher chances of acquiring a urinary tract infection in women as compared to men.

2.Menopause: After menopause, there is a decline in circulating oestrogen that causes changes in urinary tract that makes the females more prone to UTI. Some women have urinary tracts that makes the bacteria easy to cling to them and are genetically prone to UTIs.

3.Sexual activity: Sexually active women suffer from UTI more times than women who are not sexually active.

4. Birth control agents:  Women using diaphragms for birth control and also those using spermicidal agents are at higher risk of UTI.

Other risk factors include:

Suppressed  immune system:  People who suffer from conditions like diabetes (high blood sugar) are more likely to develop UTIs because their bodies are less capable of fighting infection effectively.

Obstruction in the urinary tract:  Prostatitis, or obstruction of the urethra by an enlarged prostate, can cause insufficient bladder emptying in men which raises the risk of infection. Most elderly men experience it.

Usage of Catheter– People who are unable to urinate on their own and use a tube(catheter) to pass urine are at more risk of developing UTI.

Symptoms Of UTI

Symptoms of lower Urinary tract infection (bladder and urethra):

1. The most typical symptom is burning or pain when urinating.

2. Increased urinary frequency without passing much urine.

3. Strong need or urge to urinate but only producing a few drops of urine.

4. Urine has a foul odour and is cloudy.

5. Non-visible or visible haematuria (urine can appear bloody)

6. Pain in the lower back, lower abdomen, and even the pelvic region will typically make you feel the need to urinate more frequently.

Upper UTI Symptoms: It affects kidneys, the symptoms are:

1. Fever and chills

2. Nausea and Vomiting

3. Flank Pain (pain on either side of lower back between pelvis and ribs)

If the bacteria moves from infected kidney to the blood, it can be life threatening, the condition is termed as ‘urosepsis’ which can cause extremely low blood pressure, shock and death.

Frequently Asked Questions

Explain E.coli and its role?

Escherichia coli or E.coli is a bacterium that causes a majority of the urinary tract infections, nearly 85%. E. coli sits in the human intestine and is passed out in stool. If for some reason, the bacterium manages to reach the urethra, it leads to infection and subsequent symptoms of UTI.

What tests would have to be conducted to confirm UTI?

In suspected cases of acute UTI, a routine urine examination is the first step. Pus cells means UTI. A urine culture reveals the bacteria involved in causing this urinary tract infection. In case of recurrent urinary tract infections, a CT scan, MRI and cystoscopy may be recommended.

Can UTI lead to other complications?

A urinary tract infection, if treated well in time, does not lead to any complications. However, if untreated, there are chances of the infection ascending and travelling up to the kidney leading to its damage. In recurrent urethritis, there are high chances of developing urethral stricture.

I  have recurrent UTI and the doctor prescribe antibiotics each time. Does homeopathy have a permanent solution?

Yes, recurrent urinary tract infection can be treated with great success under the homeopathic mode of treatment. Homeopathy is a symptom-based science. Therefore, even though there are a wide range of medicines to treat recurrent UTI, the most appropriate among them is selected after a detailed study of the individual symptoms involved.

My routine urine test shows pus cells, what does that mean?

Pus cells in the urine mainly arise from two reasons – a urinary tract infection (UTI)  or a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Can lifestyle changes help manage urinary tract infection (UTI)?

Taking the following lifestyle measure can help manage urinary tract infections:

1. Drink plenty of water.

2. Clean anus from front to back after defecation as the bacteria Escherichia Coli (E.coli) majorly involved in causing UTI is passed in stool.

3. Avoid holding urine for long and attend the call of nature without delay.

 4. Maintain personal hygiene.


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  1. V R Sharma says:

    Cutting pain towards the end of urination & after. Thick urine towards the end

  2. Raheel Siddiqui says:

    hi docter
    i am raheel

    i have already taken ciorofloaxacin and sixim but my bladder infection could not heal. it is 5 months have been passed for treating this decease.

    can you help me and subscribe any antibiotic that can heal my bladder infection.

  3. Javed Iqbal says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am 52 years old man. since last 4-5 years I am facing UTI, i am feeling pain in start of my urinary way or bledder before and after urination and feel some hurdle to pass urine, burning or pain when urinating, painful and slow urination, foul smelling urine passed with burning and stinging pain. Non-visible or visible appear bloody. As per doctor suggestion I take allopathic high antibiotic and ciprofloxacin. But still no recovery. What can do, or what medicine can I take.
    Please advise


  4. Arnab Ray says:

    Dear Sir,
    Hope you are doing fine,
    I am 50 years old man. last couple of days I am facing UTI, Last 10 years back I have been faced the same , . Then I saw all of my report here is found E-coli virus. As per doctor suggestion I take high antibiotic and cure. But now again the same problem happening. What can do, or what medicine can I take. Exactly I am trying to avoid antibiotic , It is very painful for me.
    Please advise

  5. shekhar Ray says:

    I am several time affected by e coli and this time creatinine going to 1.9. I try to control but in vain when take antibiotic medicine temporary relief only few days.Madam please give me suggestions and name of medicine, I am anxiously wating for your suggestions and instructions.

  6. Dipankar Patra says:

    I am having UTI for last 04 months. Initially there was severe pain in lower abdomen, burning irritation while passing urine, frequent urge to urine but very less urine drop by drop. My prostrate size was 27cc. After taking allopathic medicine for UTI & prostate now there is some relief but e-coli is there in culture report, slight burning irritation is there and flow of urine is not uniform.
    Pl advice homeopathy medicine.

  7. Marcia Forman (Mrs) says:

    Dear Dr Sharma, In January this year I had a very bad fall owing to a urine infection which I did not know I had, the Paramedics diagnosed it as they said my balance would have been bad, A recent urine sample showed nitrates in my urine, I have had no information explained, and am wondering if a homeopathic remedy would help as my balance is not good. I have no stinging or burning when I go to the loo,but have been a bit sore. I drink a lot of water. and try and eat a balanced diet. I am now 85 yrs. Thank you for any advice.

  8. Lesley Stoddart says:

    Dear Dr Sharma,
    I am a 72 year old woman who has started to get frequent uti’s since November 2021. To date I have now had 4. Each time I take cephalexin 250mg x 4 for 7 days.They work well and quickly but each time I dread the next uti as they are now so frequent.

    Each time my uti symptoms are the same. Pain at the end of voiding , cloudy urine , abdominal pain and frequent urination. I would like to try homeopathy to hopefully reduce the number of uti’s I am getting and would be grateful for any help you can give. As an aside and in case relevant , for other ailments over my lifetime , nux vom has often been a good remedy for me as has carbo veg and aconite.

    I live in Scotland in the UK

  9. Allison Paolini says:


    I have been struggling with chronic UTIs since 2019. I first had Ureaplasma Urealyctim multiple times and now this has evolved into chronic E. coli and enterococcus infections. I have attached my most recent MicrogenDX test which again shows high levels of E. coli and enterococcus.

    I am currently on fosfomyicin and it is not relieving any of the symptoms. I am hoping to move forward with fertility treatment in the next couple of months and desperately need to mitigate and reduce bacteria in my system.

    Please advise. I have ordered Cantharis and Meddorihum but I have not taken either yet.

    My main symptoms are warmth and feeling like need to pee even though I don’t.

    Thank you so much!


  10. What should colibacillinum dosing be for a cat with E. coli positive UTI? She has WBC in her urine. I have 30c or 200c. Thank you very much!

  11. S P S Basra says:

    Good Morning

    I am suffering from urine infection on account of Pseudomonas bacteria for last two months. There has been no relief on account of Antibiotics advised by Urologist. Very slight irritation persists . Pus cells in urine 70 -80.
    pse advise any homeopath medicine.


    • M.humayun says:

      Good Morning

      I am suffering from urine infection on account of Pseudomonas aerogenosa bacteria for last two months. There has been no relief on account of Antibiotics advised by Urologist. Very slight irritation persists . Pus cells in urine 70 -80.
      pse advise any homeopath medicine.


      • Ramtesh Bains says:

        I am suffering from urine infection on account of pseudumonas aerogenosa bacteria since two months.oral antibiotics not doing anything.all are resistant.pus cells are 20 to25.plz suggest homeopath treatment

  12. My mother is 74 and bedridden. She has a catheter.
    Her catheter is changed every two weeks .
    It hurts me to see my mother catch infection once a month .
    She also has a peg tube on .
    Please help and please keep it real .

  13. Melissa Smith says:

    I have chronic UTIs and have for years.
    I relate to the UTI descriptions in #6 and #7 the most, but without significant pain. The urgency and inability to hold urine reeks havoc on my day to day life. I am 51 and want to be free of this for good.
    I just did a round of Bactrim on November 24 and had a great week and a half of A HEALTHY bladder while on vacation. As of today December 18th, I can tell that the infection is returning.
    I would love to have a homeopathic medication on hand that I can take ALL THE TIME to enjoy my life as I should.

  14. Trish Sohn says:

    I need help with treating a uti naturally
    I feel
    I need to per a lot

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