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Homeopathy Safe Natural Cure For Urethral Strictures
Homeopathic remedies to treat health problems are commonly practiced in Europe. In North America homeopathy is slowly gaining acceptance as a safe natural cure. I decided to explore homeopathic remedies for a condition I have been dealing with all my life. After years of traditional medical procedures and driven by a desire to avoid the potentially painful and risky treatments still recommended by my family doctor I chose to see what homeopathy could do for me, in my search for a safe natural cure for urethral strictures.
This in not a typical article for me to write. I usually write articles on traveling and surfing. With this article, I am pushing myself out of my comfort zone, discussing something that is very personal. I am so encouraged by the success I'm having with homeopathy that I want to share my experience with others in the hope that it will help them if they are dealing with urethral strictures.
Since the initial publication of this article in July 2010 there have been five updates outlining my progress. They are towards the end of this article. The most recent update was May 2012.
What is a urethral stricture?
A urethral stricture is usually caused by an injury related trauma or a urinary tract infection. Infections can be bacterial or viral. So it can be caused by a urinary tract infection or by a sexually transmitted disease. The scarring is a result of the body trying to repair the damage from the infection or injury. Urethral strictures may also be congenital. The most common injury related trauma is what is known as a straddle injury. For example, falling onto the crossbar of a bicycle. Another example of trauma that can result in a urethral stricture is from a catheter or endoscope.
Since the age of one I have dealt with a urethral stricture. A urethral stricture is the internal scarring of the urethra caused by injury or infection. This scarring causes a narrowing in the wall of the urethra, the tube that leads from your bladder to the outside, impeding the flow of urine. It occurs more commonly with men, rarely with women. When urine does not flow freely it can lead to pain, infection and, if left untreated, serious complications.
Symptoms of a Urethral Stricture
Not ALL of these symptoms need to be present
- a decrease in urinary flow or stream
- straining required to urinate
- spraying or deflection of the stream
- incomplete emptying of the bladder
- dribbling after voiding
- urinary tract infection, a symptom of this is pain when urinating
- inability to urinate
- blood in urine
Safe Natural Treatment of Urethra
Another natural treatment you can take to improve the health of your urethra and improve urine flow is to consume bee pollen. Bee Pollen helps the urethra by relaxing and smoothing the muscles in the lining of the urinary tract. This is a remarkably easy and inexpensive treatment to try, not to mention the other health benefits of bee pollen.
Bee pollen is readily available in grocery stores right along with the honey. I sprinkle it over my granola in the morning. I put it in salad dressings and smoothies. It has a bit of a tangy taste so go easy at the beginning.
Studies by Japanese researchers have shown bee pollen to be effective in several measurements of urinary function:
- increased urine flow
- increased urine force
- reduced feeling of strain during urination
- reduced need to urinate at night
Get a diagnosis
If you think you may be suffering from a urethral stricture it is important that you get a prompt diagnosis to determine the reason for the problem with urine flow. Left untreated urethral strictures can worsen which will lead to more difficult treatment in the future, or there may be something else that is causing the poor urine flow.
Urethral strictures can lead to further complications such as urinary tract infections, urinary retention and distended bladder. Long term, it can also lead to renal failure which is failure of the kidneys and is life threatening. Don't take risks, get your symptoms checked out. Some of the symptoms of urethral strictures are symptoms of other health problems. For example, if you are older than forty it could be related to your prostate. Too many men die needlessly from prostate cancer each year because they are too proud or embarrassed to discuss this issue with their doctor.
I am now in my forties and have had several medical procedures performed over the years to treat the urethral strictures. In my case, I have two strictures, one is is in the anterior urethra in what is known as the bulbar urethra. The other stricture is about 3/4 of the way along the urethra. The first stricture was detected when I was a one year old, the second was most likely caused by an injury I sustained when I was six years old due to a straddle injury. I was walking on a raised railway tie and fell, straddling the railway tie. Yes it did hurt.
The first procedure I had at the age of one to treat the urethral stricture was an Endoscopic Internal Urethrotomy. The procedure is done by inserting an endoscope into the urethra. The physician locates the stricture and then cuts the stricture with a knife. A catheter is then left in place for several days to allow the incision to heal. The surgery is now performed with either an incision by a knife or laser. Also it can now be done by electrocautery. These are electric pulses that eliminate the scarred tissue.
At the age of 18, I underwent another EIU. Two years later it was necessary to perform the surgery again. I had this procedure done two more times over the years until the age of 30. After that, the urologist decided to try a different procedure that is less invasive. It is a simple procedure called dilation. The physician inserts Van Buren sounds (metal rods with curved ends that are inserted into the urethra). This procedure enlarges the urethra, but scarring usually narrows the urethra again. With my physician, we did a routine of dilation every three months over a period of two years. Although this procedure is less invasive, there is still a risk of perforating the urethra. For me, this procedure worked well enough, but it isn't a long term solution for most people.
It was in the second year of receiving these dilations that I started to pay much more attention to my diet and the effect diet had on my body. I had known for years that coffee and cola consumption was affecting my urinary flow. I quit drinking coffee and consuming pop entirely in the second year of the dilation procedures. Over the years, I began to drink coffee again, but tried not consume more than one cup per day. The days that I did drink more, I noticed a significant change in my urinary flow. This was also the case with cola consumption. For the next twelve years, my flow was never great, but it was sufficient to empty my bladder significantly enough that I was not in any discomfort.
In January 2010, despite my diet, my urinary flow dropped dramatically. I was concerned that perhaps it was something other than the urethral strictures, so I had my prostate and PSA levels checked and everything came back normal. That was a relief, but my discomfort continued to grow. My physician told me I needed to see a urologist to have the stricture treated. I asked him if there were any safe natural cures for urethral strictures or if there were other alternative natural healing remedies for urethral strictures, because the traditional forms of treatment were not working out for me. He didn't even pause before answering no.
The numerous treatments I have received have never cured me of my urethral strictures, they have only been temporary solutions. Each treatment had an underlying measure of risk such as urinary tract infection, damage to the sphincter muscle or perforation of the urethra. I believe each time I have had a scope or dilation it does do some harm to the lining of my urethra. In researching the conventional options I had ahead of me, I did not like what I was reading. This lead me to research for safe natural cures for urethral strictures.
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Homeopathy, a safe natural cure for urethral strictures
I was familiar with homeopathy as a good treatment for topical conditions such as bruising, allergies and rashes, but I had never considered homeopathy as a possible remedy for a urethral stricture. When I did some research on the internet I was very surprised to read that homeopathy has a 95% success rate with urethral strictures. I read this online information with skepticism. I come from a family background where conventional medicine (allopathy) is the norm. Three of my neighbors have been recommending a homeopathic doctor they all visit, so I called him and made an appointment.
During my appointment the homeopathic doctor asked me many questions about my overall health. He was not just concerned with my complaint of a urethral stricture. A homeopathic doctor considers the physical and psychological state as well as the symptoms of the patient before deciding on a remedy. In homeopathy the idea is to treat every patient as unique and each treatment is tailor-made for that particular patient. This means that two people with similar symptoms are unlikely to be prescribed the exact same remedy. My appointment lasted over one hour. At the end of the appointment the doctor prepared a homeopathic remedy in distilled water for me to drink before I left his office. Then he gave me two bottles with homeopathic tablets to start taking once I got home. The first bottle was to be finished before starting in on the second bottle.
Before starting the homeopathic remedy my urinary flow was so poor that only drops would come out when I urinated. I would have to urinate at least once an hour all day and night long. It would take several minutes to urinate and when I was finished, it never felt like my bladder was empty. One night I was not able to urinate one time, even though there was a strong urge to do so. Bladder discomfort and sleep deprivation were starting to affect my life and I was afraid of damaging my bladder or kidneys.
The first day after my appointment with the homeopathic doctor, I noticed no change in my symptoms. By the evening of the second day my symptoms began to improve. Rather than just drops coming out, I had a thin urinary flow. I was able to empty my bladder more completely than in the past several months. What a relief! Over the next several days, my condition continued to improve. After 8 days, the first bottle of pills was finished and I started in on the second bottle of pills. After a few days with the second bottle my symptoms began to deteriorate. I returned to the doctor a few days later and he prescribed the same remedy as in the first bottle again, but changed the frequency with which I take the pills. Instead of taking two pills every 3 hours, I took two pills every 6 hours. Again, there was no change the first day, but by the second day the urinary flow improved markedly. It has now been over a week since that visit and my urinary flow is better than it has been in months. At this point in time, it has only been three weeks with the homeopathic remedy, but the success I am seeing has me hopeful that I have found a safe, natural, long term cure. In two weeks time (Aug 5, 2010) I will return to the doctor to discuss my progress and to see what needs to be done next. I will continue to update this hub article with the results of my homeopathic treatment.
Update: on Homeopathic Remedy for Urethral Stricture - August 9, 2010
Last week I had another visit (my third) with my homeopathic doctor. The remedy he prescribed at my second visit worked well for a little over a week and then my urinary stream began to weaken somewhat. I continued to take the remedy until the pills were finished. At this point, I had been instructed to begin taking the second bottle of pills I was given at my first visit with the homeopath. Just like the first time, this remedy made my condition worse.
When I returned to the homeopath on August 5, my urinary flow was better than before my original visit, but it was poor enough that I was starting to have discomfort with my bladder. At night, it was difficult to sleep well and I had to get up about 4 times in the night. After my first two visits with the homeopath, I came prepared because he was always saying "what else". I made notes before going in to make sure I didn't forget to mention anything.
It has only been 4 days since the visit with the doctor and receiving the new remedies. I am now taking two pills in the morning and a different remedy of two pills in the evening before bed. I did not notice a change for the first two days, but by Saturday, again the urinary flow has improved by a small amount. The amount I am able to void is sufficient enough that I am not feeling discomfort with my bladder.
The doctor has told me to be patient and that it will take time. At this point, my symptoms are better than my initial visit and I am going to continue with the homeopathic treatment. If there is a change for better or worse in my symptoms in the next month, I will provide another update. If no change is required with the dosage I am taking, my next appointment with the homeopath should be around mid-September. I will provide an update after that appointment.
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A word of caution. I feel there is a lot of information out on the internet regarding alternative medicine, not all of it accurate, please do not self-prescribe a homeopathic remedy. Consult with a homeopathic doctor and follow their remedies. If you are at all concerned with your symptoms, consult with your family doctor. Your condition could be to the point where you need a medical intervention such as a catheter inserted to empty the bladder. You do not want to let your body get to the point where your bladder is so full that it gets distended. This will cause you long term health problems. If you don't believe me, look up self-catheterization. That does not look like a fun thing to do every day.
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Homeopathic Treatment of Urethral Stricture Progress Report
Update: September 1, 2010
Since the update I provided on August 9th, my urinary flow and bladder control have improved considerably. To say I am pleasantly surprised is an understatement. I am now experiencing urinary flow equal to what I would experience in the first month after a urinary dilation. My bladder control which sadly was becoming an issue has improved tremendously. Since my urinary flow started to deteriorate rapidly in January, I was having problems with having a sudden urge to urinate. This would sometimes lead to a small amount escaping before I could urinate. Needless to say, this was having an impact on my confidence in social settings. I would be having a conversation with a friend for example and suddenly have to interrupt the conversation to run to the bathroom. I was limiting my intake of fluids if I knew I would not be near a toilet. For example, some days I would have nothing to drink from the time I woke up until after lunch. This is not a good idea as not drinking enough fluids causes health problems such as kidney stones.
Now that my urinary flow has improved it feels like my bladder has emptied when I finish urinating. The discomfort/pain I was experiencing from not emptying my bladder and the sudden urge to urinate have stopped. I feel this is because of the stress I was putting on my bladder by it not being able to fully void.
During my treatment I made the decision to stop drinking coffee and I had already stopped drinking alcohol. Two weeks ago, I started back on one cup of coffee a day to see what would happen and if has not had a negative impact on my flow. Boy that first cup of coffee tasted good. Beer was something I had given up months ago because of how often I needed to urinate just from the intake of one beer. I can drink one or two beers without any problems on my urinary system now. I think coffee and alcohol affect my body more adversely than most people with urethral strictures, so it could be that you don't notice any difference.
My homeopath said that if my body is functioning correctly, I should be able to consume moderate amounts of coffee and alcohol. I am glad to be at a point in my life again where I am able to have a couple of vices.
I'd like to make a few comments about my homeopathic treatment.
There are a variety of conditions that can cause urethral strictures. As a holistic form of treatment, a homeopath considers all aspects of the patient before prescribing a remedy. This means that there is not just one remedy to treat every patient for urethral strictures. If a homeopath saw ten different patients with complaints of urethral strictures, it is very likely that the path he/she would take with each patient would be different. The homeopath is going to consider your physiological and psychological state of being.
There are over 2,000 different remedies available to a homeopath. Certainly there are some common remedies that are frequently used in patients with urinary complaints. For example, Cantharis and Thuja are two well known remedies which you can turn up in a web search. However, I feel very strongly that one should not try to self prescribe a treatment. A well trained homeopath will have the experience and resources to prescribe the remedies and make adjustments along the way. It is the adjustments along the way that led to my improvements. Two of the remedies I took had either no effect or made my symptoms worse (bladder control).
Be honest and very open with your homeopath about all of your symptoms. The more information you tell the homeopath the more likely something will be revealed to help dial in the remedy you require. You have to remember there is no need to be embarrassed to discuss all of your symptoms. If you don't share all of your personal information, then it will be much more difficult to get the correct remedy.
Further resources for homeopathy and urethral strictures
Update: November 5, 2010
This is a short update, but I wanted to keep the article up to date. I have continued to have success with my homeopathic treatment. My urinary flow has continued to remain strong and I do not have the sudden urge to urinate. This is the best urinary flow I have ever experienced.
Update: July 2011
A quick update to this article.
It is now just over a year since the original article was published. I continue to have no problems with my two urethral strictures and my urinary flow and control is good. I still believe that caffeine intake affects my body, so I limit my exposure. I do drink one cup of coffee per day now, and some green tea.
Update: May 2012
I have not required any remedies now for close to a year for the urethral strictures. My flow continues to be excellent.