This herbal combination is formulated for those with urinary tract infections (cystitis or urethritis) or with a tendency to develop such infections. By keeping the urine flowing, Uritrin® can be used to prevent the occurrence of stones. Since it is an effective diuretic, it can be considered as an adjunctive treatment for cases of oedema and hypertension. The ingredients are herbs with years of traditional use behind them. Modern clinical and laboratory work confirms that they are especially effective for problems arising in the urinary tract.
This combination is used primarily:
• As a diuretic • For mild to moderate urinary tract infections not requiring antibiotics • As a tonic and diuretic to the urinary tract for infection prevention • As a tonic and diuretic to the urinary tract for kidney stone prevention • As an adjunctive treatment for oedema and high blood pressure
The following is a brief explanation of the individual herbs and the rationale for their use:
Golden Rod – While it is versatile as a medicinal plant, golden rod is ideal as a genito-urinary agent. Rudolf Weiss, MD, says that its “really important action is probably the one on kidney function.” Herbalist David Hoffmann adds that, “As an anti-inflammatory urinary tract antiseptic, goldenrod may be helpful in cystitis, urethritis, and similar conditions affecting this system.”
Uva ursi – According to David Hoffmann, uva ursi “has a specific antiseptic and astringent effect on the membranes of the urinary system. It generally soothes, tones, and strengthens these tissues. It is specifically used for conditions in which there is gravel or ulceration in the kidney or bladder. It may be applied in the treatment of acute urinary tract infections, such as pyelitis and cystitis, or used as part of a holistic approach to chronic kidney problems.”
Echinacea – Eclectic physicians relied on E. angustifolia for its antiseptic powers, including serious infections like sepsis and typhoid among its indications. This remarkable herb has demonstrable antibacterial and antiviral properties and acts as an immune booster. Echinacea plays a signal role in the prevention and treatment of any kind of infection, urinary tract infections being no exception.
Marshmallow: With a medicinal history going back thousands of years, this excellent demulcent herb contains large amounts of mucilage, a spongy material that soothes inflammation of the genito-urinary tract. In addition, marshmallow has antiseptic compounds that render it most useful for cases of cystitis and urethritis.
Couchgrass: As Dr. James Duke remarks, “This herb is a diuretic with a long folk history of use for bladder and kidney stones.” David Hoffmann explains that, “Couch grass may be used in urinary tract infections such as cystitis, urethritis, and prostatitis. Its demulcent properties soothe irritation and inflammation. This herb…may also be used for kidney stones and gravel.”
Gravel root: This herb is so named because it helps to dissolve gravel in the urine. It is used for most urinary tract problems, especially those of a more chronic nature, including gravel, stones, hematuria, frequent and nighttime urination. It strengthens the nerves of the urinary organs.
Horsetail: Horsetail as an aid in keeping the urinary tract in good health and reducing renal gravel. With its toning and astringent properties, horsetail helps to alleviate hemorrhage. Herbalist Simon Mills points out that, “The effect on the urinary system is augmented by the pronounced diuretic action of the plant. One study indicated that a 70 per cent increase in urine flow was possible using the remedy… The combinations of these properties leads to the major use by modern herbalists of horsetail as a ‘urinary astringent', useful for checking infections and damage to the walls of the ureters, bladder and urethra.”
Yarrow: Eclectic physicians used yarrow, one of the oldest remedies known to human culture, for chronic diseases of the urinary tract and as a toning agent. It a diuretic and a urinary tract antiseptic indicated for infections like cystitis. This herb “is considered a specific in thrombotic conditions associated with hypertension, and is thought to lower blood pressure through dilation of peripheral vessels.”