Get your hands on Uva Ursi aka Bearberry and make tea out of the leaves. I think they sell tinctures and pre-made tea bags, but I've always used the loose tea leaves.
Ever since a local herbalist recommended I try it years ago (I used to get UTI's often) I have not had a full blown case of UTI since I started drinking this tea. In fact I can't even remember the last time I had to brew it, but I always keep a supply on hand. Cranbery juice, antibiotics and OTCs have never helped me and UTI's are soo miserable.
Uva Ursi is the only thing that has ever worked for me and I brew the tea and drink a couple of cups as I feel that tingling sensation.
A shot (about 2oz.) of Apple Cider Vinegar each day will help too. You could probably do two and clear it up sooner, but I could only stomach one. It took about a week to clear it up.
Sarah, partner to J and mom to DD1 April 30th, 2002 and DD2 May 5th, 2012.
Depending on which bacteria caused the infection, D-Mannose (in capsules or powder, found at health food stores including Whole Foods) will heal the infection. (only works with one of the bacterias, can't remember which one but a quick search will explain all that.) No matter which bacteria caused it, D-Mannose will ease the symptoms within an hour or so and will prevent such occurrences in the future. I agree about the Uva Ursi. I used to suffer from recurrent infections and also had a naturopath make me up a tincture with uva ursi in it and I never had problems after that. I just found the D-mannose easier to deal with than the tincture or tea and worked just as effectively.