Urinary tract infections are uncomfortable, irritating – and all-too-often a persistent, recurring problem. Conventional treatment relies on a course of antibiotics, but with the rise of drug-resistant bacteria this approach has two major flaws: first, the antibiotics may be ineffective at eliminating the pathogen (while still quite effective at disrupting your gut flora – making you more susceptible to future infections); and second, even if they do work, continued use will only lead to more resilient bugs in circulation.
Herbs offer an alternative. Their mechanisms of action are varied: some prevent adherence of the bacteria to the walls of the urinary tract, some disrupt the biofilms bacteria form to protect themselves, some kill the invading pathogens directly, and many simply improve the health of the affected tissues to the point that they can fight off infection under their own power.
We’ll introduce you to a variety of useful herbs in this class, and show you how to prepare and administer them for best effect – in tea, tincture, sitz bath, and more. (Men, don’t think you’ll be left out – we’ll make sure to cover expressions of UTI in male anatomy, as well as everyone’s favorite herbal therapy: a good old-fashioned penis soak.)
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
7:00 – 9:00pm
25 St. Mary’s Court, Brookline
The fee for this class is $20.
This class took place in the past. Interested in a re-run? Let us know!
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