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Cystoscopy Description Reasons For Cystoscopy Cystoscopy Risk Factors Cystoscopy Procedure Description Cystoscopy Expected Outcome Cystoscopy Complications Cystoscopy Post Procedure Care Medication Activity Recommendations & Restrictions Cystoscopy Diet & Nutrition Holistic Recommendations & UTI Therapy Herbal Recommendations Dietary Recommendations For Bladder Health Nutritional Supplements Notify Your Health Care Provider Bladder Care & Cystitits Supplement Products
Cystoscopy is a diagnostic procedure used for the visual examination of the lower urinary tract and collection of a urine sample from the bladder. The examination is performed with a cystoscope, an optic instrument with a lighted tip. In addition to allowing visualization of the internal surface of the urethra and bladder, the cystoscope enables your health care provider to irrigate, suction, inject air, and access these structures with surgical instruments. During a cystoscopy, the health care provider may remove tissue for further examination and possibly treat any problems that may be detected.
Internally, a healthy urinary tract appears pink and smooth, with a moist mucosal lining. Some medical conditions may change the appearance of the lower urinary tract or cause bleeding. Other conditions may cause narrowing of the urethra, making it difficult for urine to empty from the bladder. Additionally, some diseases of the bladder may cause changes in its size, shape, position, and stability. Cystoscopy allows the health care provider to examine these structures in great detail, take pictures, and obtain a biopsy. It may be used to perform therapeutic procedures if necessary.
Other related procedures that may be used to diagnose problems of the urinary tract include kidney, ureters, and bladder (KUB) x-ray, computed tomography (CT scan) of the kidneys, cystometry, cystography, retrograde cystography, and pyelogram (antegrade, intravenous, or retrograde).
THE URINARY TRACT & FUNCTION
The body takes nutrients from food and converts them to energy. After the body has taken the food that it needs, waste products are left behind in the bowel and in the blood. The urinary system keeps the chemicals, such as potassium and sodium, and water in balance by removing a type of waste, called urea, from the blood. Urea is produced when foods containing protein, such as meat, poultry, and certain vegetables, are broken down in the body. Urea is carried in the bloodstream to the kidneys.
UT ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
Urinary system parts and their functions:
- Two Kidneys: A pair of purplish-brown organs located below the ribs toward the middle of the back. Their function is to remove liquid waste from the blood in the form of urine, keep a stable balance of salts and other substances in the blood, and produce erythropoietin, a hormone that aids the formation of red blood cells. The kidneys remove urea from the blood through tiny filtering units called nephrons. Each nephron consists of a ball formed of small blood capillaries, called a glomerulus, and a small tube called a renal tubule. Urea, together with water and other waste substances, forms the urine as it passes through the nephrons and down the renal tubules of the kidney.
- Two Ureters: Narrow tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Muscles in the ureter walls continually tighten and relax forcing urine downward, away from the kidneys. If urine backs up, or is allowed to stand still, a kidney infection can develop. About every 10 to 15 seconds, small amounts of urine are emptied into the bladder from the ureters.
- Bladder: A triangle-shaped, hollow organ located in the lower abdomen. It is held in place by ligaments that are attached to other organs and the pelvic bones. The bladder's walls relax and expand to store urine, and contract and flatten to empty urine through the urethra. The typical healthy adult bladder can store up to two cups of urine for two to five hours.
- Two Sphincter Muscles: Circular muscles that help keep urine from leaking by closing tightly like a rubber band around the opening of the bladder nerves in the bladder - alert a person when it is time to urinate, or empty the bladder through the urethra - the tube that allows urine to pass outside the body.
TYPES OF CYSTOSCOPES
When a patient has a urinary problem, the health care provider may use a cystoscope to see the inside of the bladder and urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. The cystoscope has lenses like a telescope or microscope. These lenses let the health care provider focus on the inner surfaces of the urinary tract. Some cystoscopes use optical fibres (flexible glass fibres) that carry an image from the tip of the instrument to a viewing piece at the other end. The cystoscope is as thin as a pencil and has a light at the tip. Many cystoscopes have extra tubes to guide other instruments for surgical procedures to treat urinary problems.
There are two main types of cystoscopy - flexible and rigid - differing in the flexibility of the cystoscope. Flexible cystoscopy is carried out using local anaesthesia on both sexes. Typically, lidocaine gel (such as the brand name Instillagel) is used as an anaesthetic, instilled in the urethra. Rigid cystoscopy can be performed under the same conditions, but is generally carried out under general anaesthesia, particularly in male subjects, due to the pain caused by the probe.
REASONS FOR CYSTOSCOPY PROCEDURE
A cystoscopy may be recommended when a disorder of the urinary tract is suspected. Urinary tract disorders may include structural problems that can lead to a blockage of urine flow or a back flow of urine. If untreated, structural problems may lead to potentially serious complications.
Blood in the urine (hematuria). Inability to control urination (incontinence). Painful urination. Urinary-tract infection (UTI). Congenital abnormalities of the urinary tract. Traumatic injury of the urinary tract. Cancer or tumors of the bladder or prostate gland. Polyp growths of normal tissue (usually benign). Diverticula - pouches that form when a mucosal membrane pushed through a muscular membrane. Bladder or kidney stones (calcium crystals) causing infection, inflammation, bleeding, blockage. Tightening of the urethra or the uterus. Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) - enlargement of prostate gland in men, usually over 50 years of age, interfering or obstructing the bladder's ability to pass urine.
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CYSTOSCOPY RISK FACTORS
These risk factors may increase the chances of complications associated with a cystoscopy procedure.
Obesity. Smoking. Recent or chronic illness. Sexually transmitted disease (STD). Use of mind-altering drugs, including: narcotics; psychedelics; hallucinogens; marijuana; sedatives; hynotics; or cocaine. Use of drugs such as: antihypertensives; muscle relaxants' tranquilizers; sleep inducers; insulin; sedatives; beta-adrenergic blockers; or cortisone.
DESCRIPTION OF CYSTOSCOPY PROCEDURE
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
Your health care provider will explain the procedure to you and offer you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about the procedure.
You will be asked to sign a consent form that gives your permission to do the procedure. Read the form carefully and ask questions if something is not clear.
The type of fasting required before the procedure will depend on the type of anesthesia that is to be used. Your health care provider will give you specific instructions regarding how to fast for the procedure. You may be given additional instructions about a special diet for one to two days prior to the procedure.
If you are pregnant or suspect that you are pregnant, you should notify your health care provider.
Notify your health care provider if you are sensitive to or are allergic to any medications, latex, iodine, tape, and anesthetic agents (local and general).
Notify your health care provider of all medications (prescribed and over-the-counter) and herbal supplements that you are taking.
Notify your health care provider if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin, or other medications that affect blood clotting. It may be necessary for you to stop these medications prior to the procedure.
If local anesthesia is used, you will be awake during the procedure, but a sedative may be given before the procedure. You will need someone to drive you home afterwards.
If you suspect that you have a urinary tract infection, notify your health care provider, because this may be a contraindication for cystoscopy. Your health care provider may require that a urine sample be tested for infection before the procedure.
Based upon your medical condition, your health care provider may request other specific preparation.
DURING THE PROCEDURE
A cystoscopy may be performed on an outpatient basis or as part of your stay in the hospital. Procedures may vary, depending on your condition and your health care provider's practices. Generally, a cystoscopy follows this process:
The patient urinates before the procedure so that urine remaining in the bladder can be measured.
You will be asked to remove any clothing, jewelry, or other objects that may interfere with the procedure. If you are asked to remove clothing, you will be given a gown or wear.
An intravenous (IV) line may be inserted in your arm or hand. You may receive an IV sedative or anesthetic, depending on your specific situation and the type of scope used. If a sedative or anesthetic is given, your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and blood oxygen level will be continuously monitored during the procedure.
You will be positioned on the examination table on your back with your knees up and spread apart. Your feet will be placed in stirrups.
A topical anesthetic gel will be inserted into your urethra using a special catheter. This may be mildly uncomfortable until the area is numb.
Once the urethra is numb and/or the anesthesia has taken effect, the cystoscope is lubricated and inserted through the urethra into the bladder. You may experience some discomfort during the cystoscope insertion. As the cystoscope is passed through the urethra, the health care provider will inspect the mucosal layer for any abnormalities or obstructions. The cystoscope will be advanced until it reaches the bladder.
Once the cystoscope is in the bladder, the health care provider may instill sterile water or saline to help expand the bladder for better visualization and examination of the entire bladder wall. While the bladder is being filled, you may have the urge to urinate or feel mild discomfort.
The health care provider will examine the entire bladder for any abnormalities. A small device may be passed through the cystoscope to collect a tissue sample for a biopsy. A urine sample from the bladder may be collected.
Bladder or kidney stones are removed, if necessary. Tissue samples are gathered and lesions are treated, if necessary.
Catheters are passed through the cystoscope and guided to the openings into the ureters. A harmless dye is injected through the catheters into the ureters to perform the x-ray studies.
The cystoscope will be carefully removed from the urinary tract after the procedure has been completed.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
After the procedure, you may be taken to the recovery room for observation if sedation or anesthesia was used. Your recovery process will vary depending upon the type of sedation that is given. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will be taken to your hospital room or discharged to your home. Cystoscopy is usually done on an outpatient basis.
CYSTOSCOPY EXPECTED OUTCOME
Examination completed and urine sample collected successfully in virtually all cases. Allow about 4 days for recovery from surgery.
CYSTOSCOPY POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS
As with any invasive procedure, complications can occur. Complications related to cystoscopy include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Excessive bleeding.
- Damage to the urethra.
- Perforation of bladder.
- Urinary tract infection.
- If male, injury to the penis.
If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, you should notify your health care provider prior to the procedure. There may be other risks depending upon your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your health care provider prior to the procedure. Urinary tract infection may interfere with a cystoscopy.
CYSTOSCOPY POST PROCEDURE CARE
You will be encouraged to drink extra fluids, which dilutes the urine and reduces urinary discomfort such as burning. Some burning with urination is normal after the procedure but should lessen over time.
You may notice blood in your urine for a period of time after the procedure. The amount of blood reduces gradually over one to two days.
A warm sitz or tub bath may be recommended to help alleviate urinary discomfort. Take warm baths for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day to relieve discomfort.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Sitz Bath
Prescription pain medication should generally be required only for 2 to 7 days following the procedure. Antibiotics, as required, to fight infection. Be sure take the antibiotic exactly as ordered. Non-prescription drugs, such as acetaminophen, may be used for minor pain. Avoid aspirin or other certain pain medications that may increase the chance of bleeding. Use only recommended medications.
ACTIVITY RECOMMENDATIONS & RESTRICTIONS
Avoid vigorous exercise for 2 weeks after surgery. Resume sexual relations when follow-up medical examination determines that healing is complete. Resume driving 2 days after the procedure.
CYSTOSCOPY DIET & NUTRITION
No special diet for a cystoscopy procedure. You may resume your usual diet unless your health care provider advises you differently. You should follow a healthy, balanced nutritional program for a healthy immune system and to regain and maintain a healthy urinary tract system and general health.
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See further down on this page under Holistic Recommendations & UTI for information about Cystitis Therapy.
HOLISTIC RECOMMENDATIONS & UTI THERAPY
Warm baths may help relieve discomfort. Herbs or medical remedies may be added to the bath to aid in relief. See Sitz Baths. For hygiene, take showers instead of baths.
Take a 20 minute hot Sitz Bath twice daily. Hot sitz baths help to relieve the pain associated with cystitis. Batherapy Products are excellent and can be found in health food stores and online.
Or you can add one cup of Vinegar to a sitz bath (or to shallow bath water) once a day. A woman should position her knees up and apart so that the water can enter the vagina. Alternate this with a bath made with two cloves of crushed Garlic or an equivalent amount of Garlic Juice.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Sitz Bath
USING HOME REMEDIES
Drink at least 2 quarts of water or herbal tea daily to clear bacteria out of the bladder, and avoid coffee, black tea, and alcohol. Heat - both from tea and from heat packs and baths promotes blood flow in the bladder's mucus lining and wards off infection. Bed rest and meditation give the body strength to fight infection.
A Sitz Bath may be used to enhance circulation in the pelvis, bladder, urethra and ureters. This will relieve some of the pain and discomfort. Ideally you should use a sitz bath tub. The water should have a temperature of about 100°F and reach about up to your navel. Stay in the bath for 20 minutes.
A sitz bath that rises in temperature can be even more effective. Start with the water temperature at 91°F and increase it by adding hot water over the course of 20 minutes until the temperature reaches 102°F. Following the bath, rest in bed for about 30 minutes.
HEATING PADS OR POUCHES
Heat and rest will soothe the distress of a bladder infection. Place a heating pad or a heated pouch filled with rice or flaxseed on your lower abdomen. The pad or pouch should be hot; but be careful not to burn yourself. Cover it with a wool blanket for about 20 to 25 minutes, then rest for 30 minutes. Do this 1 to 3 times.
If the problems does not improve after one or two days, if blood appears in the urine or if you have a fever over 101°F, consult your health care provider.
Use Acidophilus douches. If cystitis is associated with vaginitis, alternate this with Apple Cider Vinegar douches. Do not douche if you are pregnant without first discussing it with your midwife. A few spoonfuls of homemade, unsweetened, plain yogurt may be diluted with water and used as a douche.
Pour a small pitcher of warm water over genital area while urinating. It will help to relieve burning and stinging.
Do not delay emptying the bladder. Making sure that you urinate every two to three waking hours - "voiding by the clock" can help.
With proper hygiene, women can effectively ward off bladder infections. Keep the genital and anal areas clean and dry. Women should wipe and cleanse the genital area from front to back after emptying the bladder or bowels and when bathing. This will help you to avoid transmitting bacteria from the anus to the opening of the urethra.
Do not over-do hygiene. Do not use feminine hygiene sprays, packaged douches, bubble baths, or tampons, sanitary pads or toilet paper containing fragrance. The chemicals these products contain are potentially irritating. Aggressive use of soaps, intimate sprays or douches disturbs the healthy skin flora that provide natural protection from infection. Plenty of warm water and a mild, pH-neutral soap are quite sufficient.
Women should drink a full glass of water prior to sexual activity to help induce urination promptly after intercourse. They should empty the bladder before and after exercise and sexual intercourse, and wash the vagina after intercourse, in order to wash away any pathogens that may have been introduced. Drink 2 glasses of water after intercourse to flush out the bladder.
Wear white cotton underwear. Nylon underwear should be avoided.
Change into dry clothes as soon as possible after swimming. Avoid sitting around in a wet bathing suit.
If you suffer from frequent urinary tract infections, use sanitary pads rather than tampons.
A person with a bladder infection should avoid alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages, coffee, chocolate, refined or processed foods, simple sugars, spicy foods and citrus juices, which irritate the bladder. Chemicals in food, drugs, and impure water have an adverse effect on the bladder.
If urination is painful but bacteria cannot be found or cultured by the laboratory, discontinue use of all types of soaps and use only water to cleanse the vaginal area. Some people are sensitive to soap; an all-natural, mild Unscented Soap from a health food store is recommended.
If there is blood in the urine, consult your health care provider. This can be a sign of a more serious problem that warrants medical attention.
Optimal immune function is important in both fighting and preventing all bacterial disorders.
Caffeine causes the muscles around the bladder neck to contract, and can produce painful bladder spasms.
Habitually retaining the urine in the bladder for long periods increases a woman's risk of urinary tract infection may increase the risk of bladder cancer.
Shrinkage of urethral and vaginal membranes, which most commonly occurs after menopause as a result of a reduction in the amount of estrogen in the body, can increase the tendency to develop bladder infections. Urethral dilation helps stretch a contracted urethra.
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Colloidal Silver is a natural broad-spectrum antiseptic that fights infection, subdues inflammation, and promotes healing. It is a clear golden liquid composed of 99.9 percent pure silver particles approximately 0.001 to 0.01 micron (1/1,000,000 to 1/100,000 millimeter) in diameter that are suspended in pure water. It can be taken by mouth, administered intravenously, or applied topically. Colloidal silver is available in health food stores and online.
Using aluminum cookware may cause cystitis symptoms. Cadmium, a toxic metal, may cause urinary problems as well.
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Aluminum Toxicity
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If you suffer from inconsistent bladder control, consider sacral nerve stimulation, a new implant designed to treat bladder problems. This small device sends electronic signals to the nerves connected to the bladder, which helps prevent incontinence and dramatically improves quality of life.
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Women who suffer from frequent urinary tract infections are force to stay on a continued regimen of low-dose antibiotics to prevent recurrence. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin Medical School have reported the first successful trial of a vaccine to prevent recurrent UTIs. Women are treated with either vaginal suppositories loaded with the vaccine containing inactive bacteria, or with a placebo. Women who received 6 inactive bacteria treatments over 14 weeks remained infection-free more than 4 times longer than those who received the placebo. Of the women receiving the inactive bacteria treatments, 55 percent had no infections for the entire 6 month study period.
Antibiotics and analgesics may be necessary treatments for cystitis, especially for persistent and/or painful infections. Beware of resorting to them too often, however. Antibiotics disturb the normal internal flora and may actually promote recurrent infections by promoting the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. In fact, because antibiotics have been widely over-prescribed over the years, many of the bacteria in our bodies (estimates run from 50 to 80 percent) are now resistant to common antibiotics, such as sulfa drugs and tetracycline. This forces health care providers to resort to more powerful and potentially more dangerous antibiotics that pose a greater risk of adverse reactions and side effects. For most bladder infections, a natural approach to treatment appears to be best.
Recurrent cystitis may be a sign of a more serious problem, such as bladder cancer, an anatomical anomaly, or immune deficiency. Cystoscopy, a simple visual examination of the bladder, is indicated.
Drink Cranberry juice to acidify urine. Cranberry is the best herbal remedy for bladder infections. Quality Cranberry juice produces hippuric acid in the urine, which acidifies the urine and inhibits bacterial growth. Other components in Cranberry juice prevents bacteria from adhering to the lining of the bladder. Drink 1 quart of unsweetened Cranberry juice daily. Purchase pure, unsweetened juice (I have obtained mine from Trader Joe's in the past). It is also available online from our merchants.
If pure Cranberry juice is not available, Cranberry capsules can be substituted. Always take these with a large glass of water. Avoid commercial cranberry juice cocktail products from your conventional supermarkets. These contain relatively little pure cranberry juice (less than 30 percent in some cases) and have high fructose corn syrup or other sweeteners added. Some antibiotic drugs have increased effectiveness when the urine is more acidic.
Birch leaves are a natural diuretic and reduce some of the pain associated with bladder infections.
Dandelion tea or extract acts as a diuretic and liver cleanser, and aids in relieving bladder discomfort.
Hydrangea is good for stimulating the kidneys and flushing them clean.
Diuretics help to cleanse the system. By promoting the release of fluids from the tissues, Diuretics also help to relieve the false sensations of urgency that are characteristic of cystitis. Combinations of these herbs are often most effective in flushing the kidneys and aiding in reducing the urgent need to urinate.
Goldenseal is good for bladder infections if there is bleeding, and is most effective as an herbal antimicrobial agent. Caution: Do not take Goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a health care provider's supervision. Use with caution if you have allergies to ragweed.
Plant preparations that build resistance and boost the immune system so the mucous lining of the urinary tract can be better protected, such as Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) and Calendula flowers along with nutritional supplements (see below under Nutritional Recommendations) may be used.
Buchu is good for a bladder infection with a burning sensation upon urination.
Cornsilk is a natural diuretic. KB Formula from Nature's Way and SP-6 Cornsilk Blend from Solaray are herbal formulas that have a diuretic effect and reduce bladder spasms. Take 2 capsules twice daily.
Marshmallow root increases the acidity of urine, inhibiting bacterial growth. Drink 1 quart of marshmallow root tea daily. It helps to strengthen and cleanse the bladder.
Uva Ursi (Also known as Bearberry, a type of cranberry), used in small amounts and diluted with other herbal teas, acts as a mild diuretic and antiseptic. It is effective against E.coli.
Other beneficial herbs include Burdock root, Juniper berries, Kava Kava, and Rose Hips. Caution: Kava kava may cause drowsiness. If this occurs, discontinue use or decrease the dosage.
Proven medicinal herbs used for the treatment of urinary tract infections include Uva Ursi (Bearberry), Calendula Flowers, Juniper Berries, Goldenrod, Couchgrass Root, Horsetail, and Marshmallow Root. They act primarily as anti-inflammatories and diuretics. Products are available from Our Merchants. You can obtain various ready-made bladder teas, or you can make the following yourself:
BLADDER TEA BLEND
1 Ounce Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaves
1 Ounce Goldenrod
1 Ounce Calendula Flowers
2 Ounces Marshmallow Root
2 Ounces Licorice Root
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of the mixture. Steep for 10 minutes and strain. Drink 1 cup of the tea several times a day. Teas are much more effective than pills because the liquid comes into direct contact with the bladder and urinary passages.
AROMATHERAPY FOR BLADDER INFECTIONS
Help reduce the stress of an infection with aromatherapy. Put a few drops of Chamomile Essential Oil, Juniper Essential Oil or Sandalwood Essential Oil in your bath, or mix the oil with a Neutral Base Oil (such as Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil or Sesame Seed Oil) and massage it into the lower belly or the base of the spine.
Drink plenty of liquids, especially Cranberry juice. Drink at least one 8 ounce glass of quality water every hour. This is extremely beneficial for urinary tract infections. Steam-distilled water is preferable to tap water. If steam-distilled water is not available, quality bottled water will do.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol during treatment. Also avoid carbonated beverages, chocolate, refined or processed foods, and simple sugars. Chemicals in foods, drugs, and impure water have an adverse effect on the bladder. Caffeine causes the muscles around the bladder neck to contract, an can produce painful bladder spasms. Avoiding sugar is important since sweets will feed bacteria and contribute to infections.
Include Celery, Parsley, and Watermelon in your diet. These foods act as natural diuretic and cleansers. Celery and parsley juice or extract can be purchased at a health food store or made fresh at home if you have a juicer. A blender can be used and the pulp strained out or kept in, depending on your preference.
MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Juicing
Avoid citrus fruits; these produce alkaline urine that encourages bacterial growth. Increasing the acid content in urine inhibits the growth of bacteria. See Acidosis for list of acid-forming foods.
MoonDragon's Health Information: Acidosis
Perform a 1 to 3 day cleansing fast. Do not do this if you are pregnant.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Fasting
Take 2 teaspoonfuls of Whey powder or 2 Acidophilus tablets or capsules with each meal. This is especially important if antibiotic therapy is required. Eat unsweetened, plain yogurt (homemade is best) with active acidophilus cultures.
MoonDragon's Nutrition Recipes: Homemade Yogurt
Avoid taking excess zinc and iron supplements until healed. Taking over 100 mg of zinc daily can depress the immune system. Bacterial require iron for growth. If a bacterial infection is present, the body stores iron in the liver, spleen, and bone marrow in order to prevent further growth of the bacteria.
Food allergies often cause symptoms that mimic bladder infections. Food allergy testing can determine which are causing the allergic reaction.
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Allergies
Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended dose. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended dose.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments
Cranberry 1 Quart pure, unsweetened cranberry juice daily. If pure juice is unavailable, cranberry capsules may be substituted. Acidifies the urine and inhibits bacterial growth. Colloidal Silver As directed on label. A natural antibiotic. Destroys bacterial, viruses, and fungi, Promotes healing. Garlic
Fresh or Kyolic
2 capsules 3 times daily or 2 to 3 cloves garlic with meals 3 times daily. A natural antibiotic and immune enhancer. Cornsilk (Corn Silk) 2 capsules daily, or as directed on label. Have a diuretic effect and reduces bladder spasms. Vitamin C
Vitamin C: 4,000 to 5,000 mg daily in divided doses. Bioflavonoids: 1,000 mg daily. Produces antibacterial effect through acidification of urine. Important in immune function. Important Acidophilus As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Also use 1 tablespoon to 1 quart warm water as a douche. Caution: Do not douche in late pregnancy unless instructed to do so by your midwife. Needed to restore friendly bacteria. Especially important if antibiotics are prescribed. Calcium
Calcium: 1,500 mg daily. Magnesium: 750 to 1,000 mg daily. Calcium reduces bladder irritability. Magnesium aids in the stress response and works best when balanced with calcium. Bio-Chlor-Dox
10 drops twice daily. Also use 30 drops in 1 quart warm water as a douche. Caution: Do not douche in late pregnancy unless instructed to do so by your midwife. An important effective homeopathic antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal products.
Bio-Chlor-Dox is an excellen support to the treatment of intracellular viral states such as candida albicans and environmental toxicity. Recommended for gum inflammation (periodontis) and other mouth related conditions. Inhibits the growth of disease and bacteria in water and helps alleviate symptoms of food poisioning, amoebic dysentery, or diarrhea. 25 percent more potent but a third of the price of dioxychlor.
Dioxychlor Supplement Products Multivitamin
As directed on label. For essential balanced vitamins and minerals. Use a high potency, hypoallergenic form. Vitamin A 10,000 IU daily. For essential balanced vitamins and minerals. Beta Carotene
& Carotene Complex
15,000 IU daily. Carotene Complex, as directed on label. Fpr essemtoa; balanced vitamins and minerals. N-Acetylcysteine
500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. A potent detoxifier that neutralizes free radicals. Potassium 99 mg daily. Replaces potassium lost as a result of frequent urination. Vitamin B-Complex 50 to 100 mg twice daily, with meals. Necessary for proper digestion. High doses are necessary if antibiotics are used. Vitamin E 200 to 600 IU daily. Combats infecting bacteria. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form. Zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Important in tissue repair and immunity. Copper 3 mg daily. Needed to balance with Zinc. Aids in protein metabolism and in many enzyme systems.
NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
Any of the following occur: Pain, swelling, redness, drainage, or bleeding increases in the surgical area. Continued burning with urination or blood in the urine.
You have any signs and symptoms of infection: fever and/or chills, body aches, headache, general ill feeling. You experience nausea or vomiting. You have painful or difficult urination. Inability to urinate. Changes in urinary frequency or urgency. Lower back pain. You or a family member has symptoms of bladder infection (cystitis) or any other symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Fever of more than 101°F occurs. Blood appears in the urine. Discomfort and other symptoms do not improve in 1 week. New, unexplained symptoms develop. Drugs used in treatment may produce side effects. Symptoms recur after treatment.
Your health care provider may give you additional or alternative instructions after the procedure, depending on your particular situation.
American Urological Association
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Kidney Foundation
National Library of Medicine
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QUALITY PRODUCTS & SUPPLEMENTS
BLADDER INFECTION & CYSTITIS SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Information for help with bladder infection and cystitis, a condition that occurs when bacteria (usually E. coli that is normally found in the colon) enters the bladder. Products for urinary tract infection, urinary detox and urinary support.
Acidophilus Products Almond (Sweet) Herbal Oil Products Angelica Herbal Products Apple Cider Vinegar Products Apricot Kernel Herbal Oil Products Avocado Herbal Oil Products Bath Therapy Products Beet Herbal Products Beta Carotene Supplement Products Bio-Chlor-Dox Supplement Products Bifidus Supplement Products Bioflavonoid Supplement Products Birch Herbal Products Buchu Herbal Products Burdock Herbal Products Butchers Broom Herbal Products Calcium Supplement Products Calendula Herbal Products Carotenoid Complex Products Cayenne Herbal Products Celery Herbal Products Chamomile Essential Oil Products Colloidal Silver Products Copper Supplement Products Cornsilk Herbal Products Couchgrass Herbal Products Cranberry Herbal Products Cysteine & NAC Products Dandelion Herbal Products Dioxychlor Supplement Products Diuretic Supplement Products D-Mannose Supplement Products Echinacea Herbal Products Elecampane Herbal Products Essiac Herbal Products Fluid Retention Supplement Products Garlic (Kyolic) Supplement Products Gokshura Herbal Products Goldenrod Herbal Products Goldenseal Herbal Products
Grapeseed Herbal Products Gravelroot Herbal Products Horsetail Herbal Products Hydrangea Herbal Products Incontinence Pads Products Jojoba Herbal Oil Products Juniper Herbal Products Kava Kava Herbal Products Kidney-Bladder Supplement Products Kidney Supplement Products Licorice Herbal Products Magnesium Supplement Products Marshmallow Herbal Products Molybdenum Supplement Products Multimineral Supplement Products MultiVitamin Supplement Products Nettle Herbal Products Parsley Herbal Products Peach Detox Herbal Products pH Neutral Bath Soap Products Potassium Supplement Products Prickley Pear Herbal Products Prostactive Formula Supplement Products Prostate Support Supplement Products Rosehips Herbal Products Sandalwood Herbal Products Saw Palmetto Herbal Products Sesame Seed Herbal Products Shilajit Herbal Products Triphala Herbal Products Unscented Soap Products Uva Ursi Herbal Products Vitamin A Supplement Products Vitamin B-Complex Products Vitamin C Supplement Products Vitamin E Supplement Products Watermelon Herbal Products Whey Protein Supplement Products Wild Carrot Herbal Products Zinc Supplement Products
QUALITY SUPPLIES & PRODUCTS
DIURETIC FORMULA SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Diuretic formulas remove unwanted fluid from the body by increasing urination. Herbs often found in natural diuretic formulas include Uva Ursi to treat infections of the lower urinary tract and vaginitis. Uva Ursi is also used with good results for cystitis, dysuria, pyelitis and lithuria. Nettle is used as a diuretic, astringent and blood builder, and to treat anemia (due to its high iron content). Nettle has been applied to cuts to stop bleeding or taken in tea to reduce excessive menstrual flow, as well as to treat nosebleeds and hemorrhoids. Nettle has been used to stimulate blood circulation and as a spring tonic for chronic skin ailments. Dandelion is used as an appetite stimulant, digestive aid, and for liver and gallbladder function. Dandelion is used as a diuretic to stimulate the excretion of urine. Juniper is a diuretic and as a treatment in various conditions of the kidneys and bladder. Juniper Berries are also recommended for their carminative action in cases of indigestion and flatulence. Marshmallow has a soothing effect on inflamed and irritated tissues of the alimentary canal, and urinary and respiratory organs. Marshmallow Root eases the passage of kidney stones and is used in combination with other diuretic herbs for kidney treatments which assist in the release of gravel and stones. It works very well for urinary problems. Horsetail is used as a diuretic for the treatment of edema (swelling/fluid retention). Horsetail is also occasionally used for osteoporosis, nephrolithiasis, urinary tract inflammation, and wound healing (topical). Ginger's diuretic properties help increase the flow of urine. It protects the liver and is beneficial for hemorrhoids. Suggested dosage for extract-tinctures: 30 to 60 drops in water or juice 2 to 3 times daily or as needed.
HerbsPro: Diuretic Formula, Liddell Laboratories, 1 oz. (108758)
HerbsPro: Herbal Diuretic, Gaia Herbs, 60 Caps (91212)
HerbsPro: Watershed Diuretic Formula, Absolute Nutrition, 60 Tabs (23787)
HerbsPro: Water Factors (Diuretic Factors), Country Life, 60 Tabs (37589)
HerbsPro: Diuretic II, Thompson, 60 Tabs (35580)
HerbsPro: Diuretic I, Thompson, 90 Caps (35579)
HerbsPro: Diuretic II, Thompson, 90 Tabs (35581)
HerbsPro: Water Factors (Diuretic Factors), Country Life, 90 Tabs (37590)
HerbsPro: Natural Herbal Diuretic, Solgar, 100 VCaps (36487)
HerbsPro: Water Out Herbal Diuretic, Now Foods, 100 VCaps (75309)
HerbsPro: KB-11 Herbal Diuretic, Naturade, 120 Tabs (61625)
Nutrition Basics: Kidney Formula Supplement Information
D-MANNOSE SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
D-Mannose is a simple sugar that occurs naturally in some plants, including cranberries. Although small amounts of D-Mannose are metabolized by the human body, much of it is rapidly excreted in the urine. In the bladder, D-Mannose can adhere to bacterial lectins preventing them from sticking to the lining of the bladder. Bacteria can then be flushed away during urination, thereby precluding the formation of colonies within the urinary tract. Because insubstantial amounts of D-Mannose are used by the body, it does not interfere with blood sugar In the bladder,
HerbsPro: D-Mannose, Source Naturals, 500 mg, 30 Caps (78855)
HerbsPro: D-Mannose, Source Naturals, 500 mg, 60 Caps (78856)
HerbsPro: D-Mannose, Source Naturals, 500 mg, 120 Caps (78857)
HerbsPro: D-Mannose, Now Foods, 500 mg, 120 Caps (68036)
HerbsPro: D-Mannose Powder, Now Foods, 3 oz. (68037)
Nutrition Basics: Kidney & Bladder Formula Information
ESSIAC HERBAL SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Rene Caisse was a nurse who began using this herbal formula in 1922 to treat individuals with cancer. Essiac (Caisse spelled backwards) is an Ojibway Indian herbal formula. Caisse never claimed that it was a cure for cancer, but that it stimulates the body's own self-healing capabilities. She noticed that when it was taken prior to surgery, there was less danger of metastases and recurrence, as well as easier removal of the cancerous growths. Most patients experience overall improvement and less pain with the consistent use of Essiac. These four herbs (Burdock, Slippery Elm, Sheep Sorrel, and Turkey Rhubarb) each have significant therapeutic effects on the body. This formula helps to cleanse the blood, normalize the enzymes, promotes cellular repair, and aids effective assimilation and elimination. Add 1 cup of the tea to 2 gallons of boiling water. Boil the mixture for 10 minutes. Let the mixture sit for 6 hours without heating. Stir thoroughly and let the mixture sit for another 6 hours. Heat the mixture to boil. Strain the mixture into the second pot. Wash the first pot and strain the mixture back into the first one. Immediately pour into 16 oz. amber bottles and put the caps on. Must be bottled hot. Store in a cool and dark cabinet.
HerbsPro: Essiac Herbal Tea, Original Rene Caisse Formula, Essiac International, 1.5 oz. (66583)
Essiac Powder, comes in a fine herbal powder weighing 1.5 ounces (approximately one cup of herbs) per box. This 1.5 ounces box will make a batch of two quarts (72 ounces) of concentrated Essiac tea which will last for approximately 15 to 30 days for 2 ounces every 12 hours. Take one hour before or after eating. Shake gently before each use. Drink 2 ounces every 12 hours. Drink cold or at room temperature. Store in a cool dry place (refrigerator). Burdock root (Arctium lappa), Sheep sorrel leaves (Rumex acetosella), Slippery elm bark (Ulmus fulva), Indian rhubarb root (Rheum officinale) .
HerbsPro: Essiac Liquid Herbal Supplement Extract Formula, 10.5 fl. oz. (61522)
Helps support the immune system. Essiac Herbal therapy is an organic, non-toxic drug free herbal therapy that is an effective blood, liver and lymph cleanser, helps break down nodular masses, and purifies the blood, relieves pain, and increases antibodies. Take 2 to 4 teaspoons (10 to 20 ml) twice daily.
Nutrition Basics: Essiac Herbal Information
FLUID RETENTION SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Nutrition Basics: Kidney & Bladder Formula Information
INCONTINENCE PADS PRODUCTS
Nutrition Basics: Kidney & Bladder Formula Information
KIDNEY & KIDNEY-BLADDER FORMULA SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Kidney Formula Supports Proper Function of the Kidneys & Adrenals by Banyan Botanicals. Kidney Formula (Banyan) is a rejuvenating tonic for the kidneys and adrenals. It promotes healthy urinary flow and composition, assisting in the natural cleansing of the blood. This energizing combination of herbs aids in the dissolution and elimination of urinary stones, as well as decreasing the risk factors involved in their formation. Kidney Formula works to cool and soothe the entire urinary system, including membranes inflamed from urinary tract infections. Stress and toxins from food and the environment can be debilitating to the kidneys and adrenals over time, causing low energy and increased fatigue. Kidney Formula cleanses and nourishes these organs, infusing strength and improving resilience to such challenges. Other brands of Kidney Formulas have also been listed.
AYURVEDIC HERBS DIRECT PRODUCTS
Ayurvedic Herbs Direct: Kidney Formula, Kidney & Adrenal Function Support, Banyan Botanicals, 500 mg, 90 Tabs
HerbsPro: Bladder Irritation Relief, NatraBio, 1 fl. oz. (16467)
HerbsPro: Bladder & UTI Spray, Liddell Labs, 1 fl. oz. (84844)
HerbsPro: Kidney Bladder Complex, Supports Urinary Tract Health, BioForce USA, 1.7 fl. oz. (33911)
HerbsPro: Kidney Formula Extract, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 2 fl. oz. (39802)
HerbsPro: Blood & Kidney Detox, Homeopathic Blend, King Bio Natural Medicines, 2 fl. oz. (49935)
HerbsPro: Bladder Incontinence, King Bio Natural Medicines, 2 fl. oz. (49879)
HerbsPro: 4Kidney Bladder & Urinary, Genesis Today, 8 fl. oz. (100331)
HerbsPro: Cranberry Bladder Defence, Planetary Herbals, 30 Tabs (20700)
HerbsPro: Better Bladder For Women, Enzymatic Therapy, 30 Tabs (66535)
HerbsPro: Raw Kidney Glandular, Synergistic Complex, Natural Sources, 60 Tabs (27815)
HerbsPro: Kidney Care, Multi-Homeopathic Therapy, Natural Care, 60 Caps (49743)
HerbsPro: KidneyAid, Ridgecrest Herbals, 60 Caps (29166)
HerbsPro: UT Intensive, Ridgecrest Herbals, 60 Caps (89045)
HerbsPro: Cranberry Bladder Defence, Planetary Herbals, 60 Tabs (20699)
HerbsPro: Best Bladder Support Featuring Urox, Doctors Best, 60 VCaps (69106)
HerbsPro: Kidney Clean, Balanceuticals, 60 Caps (111337)
HerbsPro: Liver Kidney Care Biochemical Support, Organic India, 90 Caps (86750)
HerbsPro: Kidney Cleanse, Synergistic Blend For Healthy Kidney Function, Health Plus, 90 Caps (15453)
HerbsPro: Natural Glandular Beef Kidney, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 100 Caps (89406)
HerbsPro: Bladder Irritation, Hylands, 100 Tabs (15748)
HerbsPro: Kidney Bladder Blend Formula, Natures Way, 310 mg, 100 Caps (17959)
HerbsPro: Bladder Formula, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 475 mg, 100 VCaps (109464)
HerbsPro: Kidney Formula, Urinary System Support, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 1000 mg, 100 VCaps (39801)
HerbsPro: Kidney Flush, Ion Labs, 120 Tabs (15937)
HerbsPro: Cranberry Bladder Defence, Planetary Herbals, 120 Tabs (20698)
HerbsPro: Kidney Fortifier Herbal Tea, TCM Blend, Health King, 20 Tea Bags (51181)
Nutrition Basics: Kidney Formula Supplement Information
PH-NEUTRAL BATH SOAP PRODUCTS
Nutrition Basics: Castile Soap &and Other Soaps Information
PROSTACTIVE SAW PALMETTO FORMULA PRODUCTS
ProstActive promotes prostate health. As men age they often become concerned with maintaining a healthy urinary tract and normal urinary function. Clinical studies using ProstActive show that it helps to maintain proper urinary flow. Prostactive is a concentrated 12:1 extract made from the berries of the Saw Palmetto tree, and delivered in a convenient once-daily softgel. This extract is a best selling Saw Palmetto product in Europe where it was developed and tested by the Dr. Wilmar Schwabe company, a world leader in natural products for over 50 years. Take 1 ProstActive 320 mg softgel once daily with water at mealtimes. ProstActive Saw Palmetto is a natural product which should be taken consistently for maximum benefit. Best results are obtained with continuous use. Not recommended for use by pregnant or lactating women.
Amazon: Prost Active (Saw Palmetto), Natures Way, 30 Softgels
Nutrition Basics: Prostate Specialty Supplement Information
PROSTATE SUPPORT SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
HerbsPro: Prostate Disorders & Natural Medicine, Woodland Publishing, 31 Page Booklet (90489)
HerbsPro: Prostate Health, Promensil Trinovin, 30 Tabs (18246)
HerbsPro: ViraMax P Prostate Health Formula, Viramax, 30 Tabs (112586)
HerbsPro: Prostate Support With Saw Palmetto & Nettles, Eclectic Institute, 45 Caps (992)
HerbsPro: Prostate Maintain, Natures Life, 600 Plus, 50 VCaps (90409)
HerbsPro: All Prostate, Natural Sources, 60 Tabs
HerbsPro: Prostate Health, Natural Factors, 60 Softgels (83926)
HerbsPro: Prostate Support Formula Life Time Nutritional Specialties, 60 Softgels (89806)
HerbsPro: Prostate, Natures Way, 60 Caps (18048)
HerbsPro: Prostate Support Formula HP8 Immpower, American Biosciences, 60 VCaps (39316)
HerbsPro: Prostate Health, Gaia Herbs, 60 Caps (82215)
HerbsPro: Prostate 5LX, New Chapter, 60 Softgels (82323)
HerbsPro: Prostate, Natures Life, 700 Plus, 60 Softgels (90604)
HerbsPro: Prostate Support, Natures Life, 800 Plus, 60 Softgels (90468)
HerbsPro: Prostate Advantage, Reserveage, 60 Caps (83260)
HerbsPro: Prostate Control, Phyto Therapy, 60 Caps (43617)
HerbsPro: Prostate Ultra Natural, Life Extension, 60 Softgels (114766)
HerbsPro: Prostate Ultra Natural With 5-LOXIN & Standardized Lignans, Life Extension, 60 Softgels (91989)
HerbsPro: Prostate Care, Blue Sky Herbal Inc, 60 Caps (78736)
HerbsPro: Prostate Wellness, Bio Nutrition Inc, 60 VCaps (109282)
HerbsPro: Prostate Health, Schiff Bio Foods, 60 Tabs (67116)
HerbsPro: Prostate Nutritional Support, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 60 Softgels (46056)
HerbsPro: Prostate Support, Solgar, 60 VCaps (36706)
HerbsPro: Moduprost Prostate, Kyolic, 60 Count (63032)
HerbsPro: Prostate Take Care, New Chapter, 60 Softgels (108432)
HerbsPro: Zyflamend Prostate, New Chapter, 60 Softgels (94500)
HerbsPro: Prostate Advantage Saw Palmetto Complex, Enzymatic Therapy, 60 Softgels (12766)
HerbsPro: Healthy Cells Prostate, Enzymatic Therapy, 60 Tabs (12668)
HerbsPro: Prostate Health, Sundown Naturals, 75 Caps (98477)
HerbsPro: Prostate Optimizer, Jarrow Formulas, 90 Softgels (3169)
HerbsPro: Prostate Cleanse, Health Plus, 90 Caps (15456)
HerbsPro: Prostate Support, Now Foods, 90 Softgels (68633)
HerbsPro: Prostate Health, Clinical Strength, Now Foods, 90 Softgels (84799)
HerbsPro: Prostate Maintain, Natures Life, 600 Plus, 100 VCaps (90410)
HerbsPro: Prostate Plus Formula, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 100 VCaps (39847)
HerbsPro: Prostate Natural Glandular, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 100 Caps (94440)
HerbsPro: Prostate 5LX, New Chapter, 120 Softgels (82324)
HerbsPro: Prostate Health, Gaia Herbs, 120 Caps (91219)
HerbsPro: Prostate Support, Natures Life, 800 Plus, 120 Softgels (90469)
HerbsPro: Prostate Advantage Saw Palmetto Complex, Enzymatic Therapy, 120 Softgels (12765)
HerbsPro: Comprehensive Prostate Formula, Doctors Best, 120 VCaps (69149)
HerbsPro: Healthy Prostate, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 180 Tabs (78818)
HerbsPro: Prostate Support, Now Foods, 180 Softgels (68632)
HerbsPro: Prostate Health, Clinical Strength, Now Foods, 180 Softgels (84800)
HerbsPro: Prostate 5LX, New Chapter, 180 Softgels (114729)
HerbsPro: Prostate Advantage Saw Palmetto Complex, Enzymatic Therapy, 180 Softgels (12764)
HerbsPro: Prostate Maintain, Natures Life, 600 Plus, 250 VCaps (90411)
HerbsPro: Prostate Tonic, Herb Pharm, 1 fl. oz. (2381)
HerbsPro: Prostate Strengthener, King Bio Natural Medicines, 2 oz. (87753)
HerbsPro: Prostate Support Saw Palmetto & Nettles, Alcohol Free, Eclectic Institute Inc, 2 fl. oz. (32113)
HerbsPro: Prostate Tonic, Herb Pharm, 4 fl. oz. (32175)
HerbsPro: Men's Prostate Complete, Buried Treasure, 16 fl. oz. (71919)
HerbsPro: Prostate Health, Health King Tea, 20 Tea Bags (74637)
Nutrition Basics: Prostate Specialty Supplement Information
AROMATHERAPY: ESSENTIAL OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Allspice Leaf Oil Angelica Oil Anise Oil Baobab Oil Basil Oil Bay Laurel Oil Bay Oil Benzoin Oil Bergamot Oil Black Pepper Oil Chamomile (German) Oil Cajuput Oil Calamus Oil Camphor (White) Oil Caraway Oil Cardamom Oil Carrot Seed Oil Catnip Oil Cedarwood Oil Chamomile Oil Cinnamon Oil Citronella Oil Clary-Sage Oil Clove Oil Coriander Oil Cypress Oil Dill Oil Eucalyptus Oil Fennel Oil Fir Needle Oil Frankincense Oil Geranium Oil German Chamomile Oil Ginger Oil Grapefruit Oil Helichrysum Oil Hyssop Oil Iris-Root Oil Jasmine Oil Juniper Oil Labdanum Oil Lavender Oil Lemon-Balm Oil Lemongrass Oil Lemon Oil Lime Oil Longleaf-Pine Oil Mandarin Oil Marjoram Oil Mimosa Oil Myrrh Oil Myrtle Oil Neroli Oil Niaouli Oil Nutmeg Oil Orange Oil Oregano Oil Palmarosa Oil Patchouli Oil Peppermint Oil Peru-Balsam Oil Petitgrain Oil Pine-Long Leaf Oil Pine-Needle Oil Pine-Swiss Oil Rosemary Oil Rose Oil Rosewood Oil Sage Oil Sandalwood Oil Savory Oil Spearmint Oil Spikenard Oil Swiss-Pine Oil Tangerine Oil Tea-Tree Oil Thyme Oil Vanilla Oil Verbena Oil Vetiver Oil Violet Oil White-Camphor Oil Yarrow Oil Ylang-Ylang Oil Aromatherapy
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