Cystitis, Yeast, and Herpes

Cystitis is common in pregnancy, and is caused by bacteria that inflame the lining of the bladder. Yeast, a vaginal infection, also often affects pregnant women. The herpes simplex virus can cause cold sores and genital herpes. Women with genital herpes may require a cesarean section if symptoms flare up before or during labor. Symptoms of cystitis are painful and frequent urination. Symptoms of yeast are itching and a white discharge. Herpes symptoms are flu like symptoms proceeding sores.

Key tips on coping with cystitis, yeast and herpes

- To ease cystitis drink about 2.5 liters of water a day
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to guard against yeast and herpes
- Rest and avoid stress to prevent herpes outbreaks

Diet and Nutrition

- drink "real" cranberry juice, not the sweetened brands
- avoid beets, tomatoes and citrus fruits

- eat garlic and lysine rich foods such as fresh fish, chicken, beef milk, cheese, eggs, beans, and fresh vegetables
- 500mg of Vitamin C

- avoid foods that contain yeast and sugar

Complementary Treatments

Western Herbalism

- nettle or dandelion tea

- five drops each of St. John's wort and calendula , added to 1 litre of cooled water and used as a douche 3 times per day and before bed

- chamomile or lemon balm tea

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine