URINARY TRACT INFECTION AND AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

- Dr. Murali Manohar Chirumamilla, M.D. (Ayurveda)

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Everytime Lakshmi went to the bathroom; she felt a burning sensation. Though she knows that something was wrong, she was too embarrassed to tell anyone about it. At times, she had an intense urge to go to the bathroom, but when she went, she could only urinate a little.

Lakshmi’s experience is not unusual—in fact, her problem, urinary tract infection (UTI)—is the most common reason for which women visit a doctor. About one out of five women gets urinary tract infection during her lifetime. That is not to say that men do not have UTI’s. However, they are not prone to infection as often as women do.

Symptoms

bulletMany a time, the symptoms are not very obvious. But most often, the symptoms are only too obvious to neglect.
bulletThe person urinates more frequently than usual.
bulletThere is a sharp pain or burning sensation in the urethra while passing urine.
bulletThere could be blood in the urine.
bulletThe person has a feeling as if his or her bladder is full after passing urine.
bulletThe person experiences soreness in the belly, back, or sides, and chills, fever, and nausea.

Guidelines and Ayurvedic Remedies

bulletRemoving the cause of trouble can treat the problem. However, there are ayurvedic remedies that will reduce the burning sensation:
bulletWash the genital area and drink a glass of water before intercourse.
bulletUrinate before and after intercourse.
bulletDrink at least eight glasses of water a day, preferably hot to dilute the urine and flush bacteria out of the bladder. Barley water and coconut water can be used to dilute the urine.
bulletAvoid alcohol, spicy foods, chillies, and coffee. Restrict intake of beans, pulses, spinach, tomatoes, and ladyfingers.
bulletGo to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge. Empty your bladder completely when you pass urine. Do not give bacteria a chance to grow.
bulletGet plenty of rest.
bulletWipe properly after urinating or having a bowel movement to prevent the bacteria from anus entering the urethra.
bulletWear cotton undergarments. Bacteria thrive in warm and wet conditions. Cotton helps keep you cool and dry because it lets through airflow. Do not wear tight jeans, pants, or undergarments.
bulletAvoid bath tubs. Take a shower instead of a bath.
bulletAvoid using strong soaps, feminine hygiene products, and antiseptic creams that may irritate the urethra.
bulletEat a cup of curd made with active, live cultures daily. Curd contains Loctobacillus acidophilus, which may create an acidic environment and prevent the growth of unwanted bacteria.
bulletTaking Vitamin C in the form of fruit juices regularly may make urine more acidic and less hospitable to bacteria. Take six grams of equal parts of amla and jaggery everyday.
bulletOn the other hand, a solution of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) alkalises the urine, which makes it less hospitable to bacteria.
bulletApply hot compresses over the bladder. Do the same, but this time with a cold pack after half an hour. Powder of Saltpetre (Shorakshar), applied over the bladder and covered with a wet cloth also gives better results.
bulletBoil 20 grams of corncob hair (hair of maize) in water and drink the infusion.
bulletInternally, take half a cup of decoction of equal parts of fruits of Gokshura (gokhru) and coriander (dhania), thrice a day.
bulletMost of the ayurvedic practitioners prescribe shilajit for this condition. Paashaanabheda (Bergenia ligulata) root powder will also help. Take a teaspoonful of the same.
bulletYou can prepare an effective remedy by mixing the powders of cardamom—one part, root of paashaanabheda—half part, purified shilajit—half part, and long pepper—half part. Take this preparation in doses of three to four grams with half a glass of water in which rice has been washed, twice a day.
bulletElaadi-choorna, taarakeswara ras, Chandraprabhavati, Pravaala-bhasma, Chandanaasava etc., are some of the important ayurvedic medicines which can effectively treat this condition. Consult your ayurvedic physician before using these medicines.

Note

As we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated. This article is intended only for information. It is not a substitute to the standard medical diagnosis, personalized Ayurvedic treatment or qualified Ayurvedic physician. For specific treatment, always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician.

 

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