URINARY TRACT INFECTION, LIVER AND KIDNEYS, MUSCULAR PAIN, LOSS OF LIBIDO
At some point in your life, many of you must have felt the need to urinate urgently, unable to hold it any further. However, if this urgency is very frequent, i.e., more than ten times a day, making your bladder incapable of holding the urine for long is a condition called urinary tract infection (UTI). It is an infection in any part of your urinary system- in the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.
UTI is generally characterized by Dysuria (frequent and painful urination), which brings discomfort and decreases the quality of life.
The renal or urinary system is one of the ten body systems. The urinary system is composed of Kidneys (Vrikka), Ureter (Mutravaha Nadis), Bladder (Mutrashaya), and Urethra (Mutramarga).
The vital functions of the urinary system are as follows:
Broad headings defining Urinary Tract diseases in Ayurveda’s classical textbooks are Mutrakrcchram and Mutraghata. Although they seem to be overlapping, some Acharyas have differentiated them based on the intensity of obstruction. Mutrakrcchram suggests that the disease is characterized by painful micturition, whereas the latter has more obstruction.
UTI is described under the broad term of Mutrakrcchra. The term consists of ‘Mutra’ and ‘Krichra,’ where Mutra means ooze, and krichra means painful. As per Ayurvedic classical texts, any discomfort during urination and especially lower tract infection problems are included under Mutrakrcchra. Mutrakrcchra can occur as an independent disease as well as in Purvarupa (prodromal phase of a disease) and Rupa (manifested symptoms).
The symptoms of a UTI can depend on age, gender, a catheter's presence, and what part of the urinary tract has been infected, which varies from one person to another.
Here are some common symptoms of lower UTI:
All the lower UTI symptoms may or may not be present in newborns, infants, children, and older adults.
Other symptoms which are listed may indicate a urinary tract infection among these groups:
General (Samanya) causes of UTI (Mutrakrcchra) can be ones that usually vitiate urinary tract channels (Mutra Vaha Srota). UTI can occur due to foods, drinks, sexual activities, and urinary urge suppression.
In Charaka Samhita Vishishta, causes (Nidanas) of UTI (Mutrakrcchra) are described as follows:
Ayurvedic Treatments of the lower UTIs (Mutrakrcchram) act through different aspects. Using herbs, body therapies, sensory therapies, changing diet, changing lifestyle, practicing yoga, and meditation are also the tools that Ayurveda suggests to cure this condition naturally.
1. Diet and Nutrition
By switching to a healthy diet or changing your diet slightly, you can treat UTIs in the long run.
Ayurveda suggests following diet changes for the same:
2. Personal Hygiene
To manage UTIs, it is also crucial to focus on personal hygiene. The primary aim is to avoid introducing harmful bacteria into the urinary tract due to bathroom habits or sexual activity.
Here are some things you need to consider:
3. Choice of Clothes
Along with diet and personal hygiene, the choice of clothes also helps to manage UTIs.
It would help if you considered the following clothing options to prevent frequent urination:
4. Urination Habits
Due to inappropriate urination habits, people face issues like frequent urination.
It would be best if you also adopted the correct urination habits mentioned below to avoid this situation:
5. Birth Control
Changing some habits to use birth control methods or changing the birth control methods also helps manage UTIs.
The following are the habits or tips you can consider for the same:
6. Yoga and Meditation
As a therapy for treating physical or mental diseases, Yoga is part of Ayurveda. UTI occurs due to problems of Swadhisthana Chakra, and it is related to the low immune system, Manipura and Anahata Chakra as well. Thus, asanas involving the pelvis, abdomen, and chest region can benefit the condition. Padangusthasana, lotus poses, Bharadvaja's twist, Bhujangasana, Setu Bandha, Sarvangasanathe, Dhanurasana, Dandasana, and also Marjariasana are beneficial Yoga poses for UTI (Mutrakrcchra).
Along with all the personal level changes in diet and lifestyle, you may also need Ayurvedic medications to treat UTIs. All these UTI treatment methods work together and ensure faster and more stable results.
The following are the Ayurvedic medicines that you can consider to treat UTIs:
Your urinary tract system constantly works throughout the day to ensure your body has the nutrients it needs and removes what it does not. But unfortunately, UTIs are still a common occurrence and should not be taken lightly.
A microorganism causes Urinary Tract Infections, so the patients are recommended to maintain their proper hygiene to decrease UTI risk. Also, physicians can help patients prevent UTIs by advising them about good hygiene, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and hydration, and being aware of the proper bathroom habits. You can find other related lifestyle tips and Ayurvedic herbal products that can treat UTIs at HealthyBazar.