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.
|Many a time, the symptoms are not very obvious. But
most often, the symptoms are only too obvious to neglect. |
|The person urinates more frequently than usual.
|There is a sharp pain or burning sensation in the
urethra while passing urine. |
|There could be blood in the urine. |
|The person has a feeling as if his or her bladder is
full after passing urine. |
|The person experiences soreness in the belly, back, or
sides, and chills, fever, and nausea. |
Guidelines and Ayurvedic Remedies
|Removing the cause of trouble can treat the problem.
However, there are ayurvedic remedies that will reduce the burning
|Wash the genital area and drink a glass of water before
|Urinate before and after intercourse. |
|Drink 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. |
|Avoid alcohol, spicy foods, chillies, and coffee.
Restrict intake of beans, pulses, spinach, tomatoes, and ladyfingers.
|Go 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. |
|Get plenty of rest. |
|Wipe properly after urinating or having a bowel
movement to prevent the bacteria from anus entering the urethra.
|Wear 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. |
|Avoid bath tubs. Take a shower instead of a bath.
|Avoid using strong soaps, feminine hygiene products,
and antiseptic creams that may irritate the urethra. |
|Eat 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. |
|Taking 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. |
|On the other hand, a solution of sodium bicarbonate
(baking soda) alkalises the urine, which makes it less hospitable to
|Apply 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
|Boil 20 grams of corncob hair (hair of maize) in water
and drink the infusion. |
|Internally, take half a cup of decoction of equal parts
of fruits of Gokshura (gokhru) and coriander (dhania), thrice a day.
|Most of the ayurvedic practitioners prescribe shilajit
for this condition. Paashaanabheda (Bergenia ligulata) root powder will
also help. Take a teaspoonful of the same. |
|You 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. |
|Elaadi-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.|
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.
Dr. Ch. Murali
Manohar, M.D. (Ayurveda)
Directorate of Women Development,
Main Road (Sarathi Studio Road),
Hyderabad - 500073.,
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