Buchu for Treating UTIs

flowering buchu plantA urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection in any part of the urinary system, including the bladder, urethra, ureter or kidneys.


The most common symptoms of a UTI is an urgent desire to urinate and painful burning when you do. In the case of a kidney infection or an infection in the upper part of the urinary tract, you may also have fever and stomach pain.


UTIs are extremely common, especially among women. It’s estimated that roughly half of all women will experience a UTI at some point, and up to 10% of women suffer from a UTI as often as once or more per year. Although fewer men are affected, they may also suffer from UTIs.


Treatment for UTIs

Doctors typically prescribe antibiotics for UTIs, and these can be highly effective. However, resistance to these antibiotics is on the increase. Also, while antibiotics may be useful for treating one-off infections, they’re not a healthy option for those who suffer from regular UTIs. Taking several courses of antibiotics per year isn’t good for anyone – and it may even leave you more prone to UTIs than you were in the first place.


Good news for sufferers is that buchu is a natural and extremely effective remedy for UTIs. It may also prevent UTIs or significantly reduce the number of infections in people who are especially prone to them.


Did you know?

  • the Khoi San people of South Africa already recognised buchu as an effective treatment for bladder and urinary tract infections hundreds of years ago
  • in England, buchu was first listed as a treatment for “cystitis, urethritis, nephritis and catarrh of the bladder” in the British Pharmacopoeia in 1821
  • monographs published by the German Commission E – which is the German equivalent of the United State’s Federal Federal Drug Administration (FDA) – list buchu as a treatment for kidney and urinary tract infections
  • respected medical website WebMD notes that buchu may be used to “disinfect the urinary tract during infections of the bladder (cystitis), urethra (urethritis), prostate (prostatitis), or kidney (pyelonephritis)”
  • Woman Online lifestyle magazine noted that BuchuLife’s UTI Relief capsules are a proven, rapid treatment for UTIs
  • in both the United States and the European Union, buchu has “Generally Recognised as Safe” (GRAS) status – so you don’t need to worry about harmful side-effects (although note that you should consult your doctor before using Buchu products when you’re pregnant as Buchu has diuretic properties).


How buchu treats UTIs

Buchu is a known diuretic and has both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties – characteristics that make it ideal for treating and preventing UTIs.


As a diuretic, buchu encourages more frequent urination, which helps clear bacteria from the urinary tract. Buchu’s antimicrobial properties mean that it’s effective at destroying the bacteria responsible for UTIs (most commonly Escherichia coli or Proteus bacilli), and its anti-inflammatory properties help relieve pain associated with infection.


The oil extracted from buchu leaves contains various substances that are responsible for its medicinal properties. These include diosphenol, a range of flavonoids – including rutin, disomin, hesperidin and quercetin and quercetin derivatives – and terpinen-4-ol. Buchu oil is also rich in vitamins A, B and E, and in calcium and iron.


Buchulife UTI Relief Useful BuchuLife products for UTIs

BuchuLife UTI Relief capsules are specifically designed for UTI sufferers. They contain a mix of buchu oil and flaxseed oil, and are known to provide rapid relief.


A further option is BuchuLife’s range of delicious, healthy, buchu-flavoured waters. These drinks let you combine two common-sense approaches to treating UTIs – taking buchu and keeping yourself well hydrated to help flush out your system.