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Cinnamon helps you get rid of UTI: Myth or fact?

Cinnamon is touted as a good remedy to get rid of urinary tract infections, but the expert suggests otherwise. Know if cinnamon for UTI actually work or not.
Dr Aruna Kumari Published: 30 Sep 2023, 01:00 pm IST
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Urinary tract infections or UTIs are a common problem in women and can be extremely uncomfortable. While there are treatments available to treat this condition, many people still resort to natural remedies to tackle UTIs. One such home remedy to get rid of a UTI is cinnamon. While cinnamon is not proven to treat UTI, it is still used by many to treat the condition. So, Health Shots asked a doctor to know if cinnamon for UTI works or not!

Before we dive into the nitty gritty of using cinnamon for UTI, let us understand what is UTI.

What is UTI?

A UTI or urinary tract infection is an infection that can occur anywhere in the urinary system, which includes the bladder, urethra, ureters, and kidneys. UTIs are most found in the bladder and urethra and can be caused by bacteria, typically Escherichia coli (E. coli). However, there are other bacteria that can also be responsible for causing a UTI. The structural anatomy of the female pelvic floor and close proximity to the vagina makes them prone to urinary infections. It is one of the most common presenting complaints in gynecology OPD. The problem of recurrent UTI is common in infants, new sexually active couples, pregnant women and in elderly women.

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Urinary tract infections are common in women. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Does cinnamon help treat a urinary tract infection?

UTIs are typically bacterial infections, which needs proper evaluation and treatment with antibiotics by the doctor. Proper evaluation can conclude what factors are contributing for recurrence and counsel the women for the prevention of it. While cinnamon is a popular spice with potential health benefits, there is no substantial scientific evidence to support its use as a primary treatment for UTIs or as a means to track them. Cinnamon is rich in oxalate and patients with preexisting kidney stones can be detrimental. If you suspect you have a UTI or are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment. Ignoring or attempting to self-treat a UTI with unproven remedies can lead to complications or the infection spreading to the kidneys.

Also Read: Try these 5 home remedies to treat UTI

If you suspect you have a UTI, it is essential to consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Ignoring or attempting to self-treat a UTI with unproven remedies can lead to complications or infection spreading to the kidneys. Treatment for UTIs usually involves a course of antibiotics prescribed by a gynecologist. Drinking plenty of water and practicing good hygiene can also help in the prevention and management of UTIs. Please do not rely on cinnamon or any other home remedy as a sole treatment for UTIs.

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Cinnamon doesn’t help with UTI. Image courtesy: Adobe stock

Don’t ignore these common symptoms of a UTI

The best way to tackle UTI is noticing the symptoms and seeking help from a professional:

  • Frequent urination: A sudden, strong urge to urinate often, even when there’s little urine to pass. Sensation of incomplete voiding just immediately after voiding.
  • Pain or a burning sensation during urination: This is often described as a burning or stinging sensation while passing urine.
  • Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strong-smelling urine: Changes in the color, clarity, or odor of urine can be indicative of a UTI.
  • Lower abdominal pain or discomfort: A dull ache or pressure in the lower abdomen can be a symptom of a UTI.
  • Feeling tired: Some individuals with UTIs may experience fatigue or a general feeling of being unwell.
  • Fever or chills: In more severe cases, a UTI can lead to a fever or chills, which can be a sign that the infection may have reached the kidneys.

Consult your doctor immediately if you have been experiencing any of the symptoms of a UTI.

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About the Author

Dr Aruna Kumari is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Cloudnine Group of Hospitals. She has over 14 years of experience. She is an expert in management of high risk obstetrics, recurrent pregnancy loss, infertility, gynaecological issues like fibroid uterus, endometriosis, menstrual abnormalities, PCOS, ovarian cysts and malignancies. ...Read More

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