Cystitis and urinary symptoms

What you need to know

Have you checked for reliable medical advice about persistent urinary symptoms? We recommend NHS Choices and here is their urinary tract infection and prostate disease pages.

Before you start to look after your urinary symptoms yourself you should  run though the pre-launch Self Care CHECKLIST (downloads as a pdf)

The herbal medicine option

In Europe there is a unique category of herbal medicines, registered on the basis of their traditional use. As an example, in the UK the medicines regulator (MHRA) has both registered and fully licensed herbal medicines. A condition of medicine status is that manufacturers have to guarantee quality standards, label with appropriate self care conditions and agreed doses, and insert approved information leaflets to assure safe use. The following, available in UK supermarkets and pharmacies or online, are registered or licensed for use in helping cystitis and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Saw palmetto

  • Prostasan capsules (Bioforce)

Centaury, lovage and rosemary

  • Cystipret tablets (Bionorica)

Further information

Plant Medicine offers a free detailed review of the evidence for buchu for the public and health professional. (NOTE this site is currently being reconstructed – please come back in August 2016)