Turmeric and Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Before I go ahead a talk about turmeirc for UTI, let us understand a bot about the disease itself. What we call as ‘urinary / system’ consists of four body parts- kidneys, bladder, ureteres, urethra.

In a nutshell it is our body’s liquid waste disposal system. When the urinary tract gets infected with fungi, viruses or bacteria, we develop urinary tract infection (UTI), with bacteria being the most common cause.

Depending on the area that is affected, a person can develop urethritis, cystitis or pyelonephritis. Symptoms of UTI include frequent urge to urinate, tiredness, abdominal pain, muscle ache, nausea and vomiting, fever, cloudy or bloody urine, desperate urge to urinate, only small amounts of urine passing out etc.

Diabetes, enlarged prostate, certain birth control mechanisms, sexual intercourse with an infected partner, those with spinal cord injuries are some people at risk of contracting UTI.

After diagnosis, UTI is usually treated with antimicrobial or antibiotic medications. Women are more prone to UTI. Treatment can cure most cases unless it becomes chronic and affects the kidneys.

A sample of the urine is usually taken to check for the presence of organisms and treatment is given based on this. Drinking plenty of fluids, following a healthy diet, urinating often – especially when the urge arises -, wearing loose fitting clothes and clean cotton underwear can all reduce chances of contracting UTI.

Turmeric & Urinary Tract Infection

It is important to cure UTI completely for otherwise, chances of contracting another one increase with each new episode. Since more people are becoming resistant to various antibiotics, researchers are trying to find alternative treatments for UTI.

Curcumin, the yellow key active ingredient of turmeric has also been studied for the same. Turmeric oil extract has been studied for its antibacterial activities that can offer potential benefits in treating UTI. Three fractions of turmeric oil were tested against various bacterial strains and were found to effectively kill these strains.

In another study, curcumin was examined for its antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It was found to be especially effective in killing strains of E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus. The former is the cause of most UTI infections.

Turmeric is safe to consume and does not cause side effects even if used for long periods. While as with more herbal / natural remedies more studies are required to test its efficacy in treating humans with UTI. The research is promising due to many drug-resistant strains of bacteria appearing. turmeric for urinary tract infection UTI

The main cause of inflammation in the bladder that could lead to infections is NF kappa-B. Several experimental models have found that curcumin is able to inhibit production of NF kappa-B and unlike many anti-inflammatory medications that have toxic side effects, curcumin does not produce any toxicity.

When free radicals attack our immune system, we become vulnerable to various infections such as UTI. Since turmeric has antioxidant properties, these can fight free radicals and protect our immune system from contracting infections.

Thus, turmeric could help in treating bladder infections like UTI since it has anti-inflammatory properties. It is suggested that supplements that combine turmeric with black pepper or pineapple improve its absorbability.


Most common way to take turmeric is in spice format (as powder). Turmeric is also available as supplements ffluid extracts or tincture. I do not generally recommend supplements. I recommend to include turmeric as part of life as a spice / powder.

There is no specific dosage of turmeric but one can take 3-4 gms of turmeric powder per day. For more details on dosage, check this article.

One important thing to be considered is to take black pepper with turmeric. The reason being turmeric’s low absorption in body. Black pepper helps in the same.

It is better to include turmeric in regular diet giving body regular dosage to protect against infections and diseases.

Precautions with turmeric

Turmeric spice is safe to consume. High doses taken over long periods could cause side effects like nausea, dizziness and indigestion. Diabetic patients, those with gallbladder problems, pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to avoid turmeric. Stop using turmeric supplements 2 weeks before surgery since it can slow blood clotting. Always consult your doctor before taking turmeric for UTI.


  1. turmeric hydate our body or drhydrate , i am suffering from urine leakage problem , how can i get relief from it , at that time i take turmeric powder orally at night with water . pls guide what should i do ????

  2. I found this article when I had a thought that since turmeric is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory it might actually help with a UTI! I had been drinking pure cranberry juice and tons of water without affect but after about four days of drinking turmeric powder with my water, all symptoms were gone. Next time I feel one I’m going to start with it right away! I would love to know if it helped anyone else!

  3. I suffer from cystitis every free months as well as other urinary problems and so far the Lady Soma Cranberry Capsules have definitely lessened in severity, I’m hoping in time they will lessen in frequency too. I take 1 capsule 3 times daily with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I will continue to do this long term to see if I can keep the UTIs at bay!

    And I’ve always been told by my mum and nan to drink Cranberry juice but I cannot stand the taste! Now I can take it in pill form with the Lady Soma Cranberry Pills and still get the same benefits as with the juice, such as relief from the aforementioned female issues.

  4. As a chronic UTI sufferer, I was desperate for a solution. I’ve been using the Lady Soma cranberry pills for not too long, but can already feel the difference. They DO NOT aggravate the stomach, as some people have said about cranberries. I do feel a slight difference in regards to stomach, though, but I can’t say if it’s these supplements or something else. But please don’t let that deter you – the Lady Soma Cranberry pills are an absolute godsend. I recommend them full-heartedly. I will be taking these on a daily basis for a very very very long time.

    1. I have had bladder cancer and I take ‘golden paste’, a turmeric paste I make myself. Google it. I believe turmeric helps with any form of cancer and it has kept me cancer free for so far, nearly three years.

  5. I have been using tumeric in my morning shake but 3 days ago started tumeric tea (grated from root tumeric) and the arthritis pain has eased up.

  6. I can attest to this. I take capsuls and grate fresh into warm water with ginger, lemon juice and cayenne before breakfast. I recently had a UTI and it went away in 4 days without me going to the doctor and never came back.

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