Herbal remedies may offer relief from symptoms. Herbs are generally available as dried extracts (pills capsules or tablets) teas or tinctures (alcohol extraction unless otherwise noted). Dose for teas is 1 heaping tsp. per cup of water steeped for 10 minutes (roots need 20 minutes).
For acute infection combine half parts of yarrow (Achillea millefolium) pasque flower (Pulsatilla pratensis) marigold (Calendula officinalis) and poke root (Phytolacca americana) with one part each of coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and goldenseal root (Hydrastis canadensis). Take 30 to 60 drops tincture every two to four hours. Use caution with poke root.
For chronic infection combine equal parts of coneflower goldenseal licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) myrrh gum (Commiphora molmol) wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria) and red root (Ceonothus americanus). Take 30 drops tincture two to three times per day.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa 500 mg three times per day). Use with bromelain to enhance anti-inflammatory effects.