Antibiotics are not only treatment for cystitis

Author: Dr. Lee
Time: 2011/6/28 18:08:47

Researchers have discovered interactions that result in cystitis, a bladder infection caused by Escherichia coli bacteria that affects one-third of women at least once during their lives. This discovery may lead to new treatments for cystitis and other urinary tract infections.

Cystitis is just one type of urinary tract infection (UTI),conditions that have different names depending on the part of the urinary tract that is affected. Therefore, cystitis is a bladder infection, pyelonephritis is a kidney infection, and urethritis is an infection of the tube (urethra) that empties urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.

Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria that enter the urethra and then the bladder. If the bladder becomes infected (cystitis), it can spread to the kidneys. Women tend to get more UTIs because their urethra is shorter and closer to the anus, a source of bacteria.

In cystitis, bacteria attach themselves onto the wall of the bladder via thread-like formations called pili. Han Remaut of the VIB Department for Structural Biology Brussels, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, together with colleagues from the University of London, have uncovered the interactions that result in the formation of pili.

Using X-ray diffraction, the researchers have successfully imaged the complex structure that leads to the biosynthesis of pili. Specifically, they have looked at type 1 pili, which are responsible for the uropathogenic E. coli binding to the host cells. This makes type 1 pili potential targets for new treatments.

Currently, a host of antibiotics are used to treat cystitis and other UTIs. However, the existing antibiotics are not as effective as they once were, and recurrent infections are especially difficult to treat. Therefore a alternative treatment are needed.

Research for nmany years shows that traditional Chinese medicine can cure cystitis. The whole prescription of Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pillhas the effect of activating blood circulation by removing blood stasis, softening hardness to dissipate stagnation, and promoting urination. Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill is capable of curing hematuria. Great effect would be taken in a few days. Four months or so , the symptoms would be eliminated.

Keywords: cystitis ; treatment for cystitis ; alternative treatment for cystitis