Yes, you read the title right! Of all the natural remedies and treatment options for urinary tract infections; honey might not be very popular. But, if latest research is to be believed, honey is offering a hope for frequent UTI sufferers, especially patients with catheters who tend to suffer from several urine infections each year. Let us find out all about the manuka honey cure UTI and ways in which you can use honey to get rid of a urinary tract infection quickly.
Why use honey for UTI
Since times immemorial, honey has been well known for its antimicrobial properties. Ancient cultures used honey to ward off infections, heal cuts, wound and bruises, fight acne and coughs and also prevent constipation, respiratory infections etc. Honey contains antibacterial compounds that fight common bacteria which are known to cause infections in humans. It is no wonder that honey can also fight the escheria coli bacterium which is responsible for urine infections in men and women.
Research on diluted honey for preventing catheter bladder infections in bed ridden patients
Recently, a team of UK researchers used diluted (3.3%) manuka honey for flushing the catheters of bedridden patients and keep them clean while inside the patient’s bladder. Honey prevented the bacteria from sticking to the catheter tubes thereby preventing infections in these patients. Naturally, the study was conducted inside a controlled environment, in a lab and is yet to be tested on humans on an extensive scale. However, this research is offering hope to patients and their families as it may be a simple, low cost solution for bed ridden patients to avoid several UTIs in a year.
Why do catheters increase the risk of infections?
A catheter is a device that is inserted inside the bladder to pull out stuck urine. It is a handy method for collecting urine in bedridden patients who are unable to visit the bathroom. While it is very helpful and prevents nasty leaks and accidents; a catheter is a harbor ground for bacteria. The flexible tubes easily transmit escheria coli bacteria inside the patients’ bladders increasing their risk of bladder infection.
Can manuka honey prevent kidney infections and interstitial cystitis?
Manuka honey is a special honey obtained from the New Zealand region. The honey bees in the region feed on manuka plants and the honey collected from these bees is a highly anti-microbial and medicinal compared to varieties of honey collected from bees feeding on other flowers and plants. Scientists have studied the medicinal properties of Manuka honey and have found it to be very effective against bacterial issues like acne, and other bacterial issues. We need many more studies but some doctors from the UK research team believe that manuka honey can be used for preventing and treating interstitial cystitis and kidney disorders.
Urinary tract infection: using honey for quick relief instead of antibiotics
All uti sufferers want quick relief from uti pain. Antibiotics used for UTIs come with a host of problems and side effects; many people also develop resistance to them over time. Therefore, if you have used a certain class of antibiotic with good results for UTI; the same may not be the case later since the bacteria may have developed resistance to it. Result: the UTI can come back with a full force even if you complete the dose of antibiotic.
How to buy manuka honey for kidney infection and interstitial cystitis
The best way to use honey for urine infection pain relief is to buy organic Manuka honey from a good brand. Manuka honey has greater and more potent medicinal properties compared to regular honey. You can go for manuka honey with an Active UMF rating of 10. UMF is a standard that is used for rating the honey’s antibacterial activity. Thus a rating of 10 is equivalent in antiseptic potency of 10% solution of penol.
How to use manuka honey for UTI
- Take a glass of warm water. Add a tablespoon of raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons of manuka honey. Drink the mixture 3 times a day to relieve pain.
- Alternatively, mix the UTI honey and cinnamon and eat a spoonful of the mixture 2-3 times daily. Your UTI pain, dysuria and other symptoms will disappear in a day.
- For stubborn infections, take a glass of pure, unsweetened cranberry juice and mix it with a tablespoon of manuka honey and ½ tsp of organic cinnamon powder. Drink this mixture 2-3 times a day. This will help you get rid of urinary tract infection quickly.
- Use honey as a salad dressing. Mix it up with some apple cider vinegar. Follow this with red raspberry tea to wipe out the bacteria from bladder and kidneys.
Research shows that the rich source of vitamins and minerals in honey boost activity of white blood cells and help destroy invading viruses and bacteria. So your immune system will actually function 3 times more effectively if you consume honey and cinnamon in combination. If you switch to Manuka honey, the results would be even better. The UK study is definitely promising great results as far as patients with catheters are concerned. Thankfully, the team also believes that any other type of honey can be used and that it would be as effective as manuka honey for UTI, kidney infections and interstitial cystitis. However, more studies are needed to ensure that honey does not irritate the bladder or cause other health issues.