Cranberry juice has traditionally been used by naturopaths to treat cystitis. D-mannose is the active ingredient in cranberry juice, and preliminary research suggests that supplemental D-mannose might interfere with the adhesion of bacteria to the urinary tract.
Potassium citrate is included to alkalize the urine, thereby creating unfavourable conditions for the growth of E. coli.
Uva ursi is widely used to treat urinary tract infections and approved by German commission E. It contains allantoin which helps to strengthen the urinary system and the prostate gland.
The product also contains additional allantoin for this reason.
Cat’s claw is also a herb used to treat urinary tract infections.
Fructooligosaccharides are included to support intestinal microflora.
Urinary tract infections.
The product is contra indicated in patients with kidney disorders and digestive disorders.
The product may cause green coloured urine, which is of no concern.
Cat’s claw may lower blood pressure and should therefore be used with care by patients on anti-hypertensive drugs. It should also be used with care by patients on Mevacor and on immunosuppressive therapy.
PREGNANCY AND LACTATION
There is concern that cat’s claw may be unsafe based on it’s use as a contraceptive – do not use.
DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS OF USE
Take 5 to 8 capsules twice daily when symptoms are experienced, continue using for two days after symptoms have disappeared. The dosage may be doubled if the desired effects are not achieved after 2 to 3 days. Do not use over prolonged periods.
SIDE EFFECTS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS
Discontinue if nausea or stomach upsets occur.The product may cause green coloured urine, which is of no concern.
KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSE AND PARTICULARS OF ITS TREATMENT
Nausea and intestinal disorders may develop. The use of the product should be discontinued and medical advice should be sought. Treatment should be supportive and symptomatic.
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