Urinary Tract Infections

The philosophy behind Ayurveda is that all disease is caused by an imbalance of energy in the body.

Urinary Tract Infections and Ayurveda

By Sajimon George BAMS, AAA, ATMS

Urinary tract infections and ayurveda – Anatomical structures involved in the formation, storage and excretion of urine constitute urinary tract. This includes kidney, ureters, urinary bladder and urethra. Urine contains metabolic wastes, water, salts and toxins such as urea. Presence of RBC, WBC, sugar, protiens, puss cell etc indicates pathology in the different parts of urinary tract. Intake of some medicines can also influence appearance of urine. Urinary tract infections can be caused by forceful inhibition of natural urge of urination, habit of low intake of water, ageing, illness, unhealthy sexual practices and injury. Age effect on the kidneys’ structure affects its ability to filter and remove wastes from the blood. Loss of muscle tone and strength can also be the result of ageing leading to incomplete evacuation. Women are more vulnerable to this infection and acquire chronic nature more often than men. An infection in the bladder will be usually chronic in nature. To make things worse many organisms causing UTI are becoming resistant to available drugs. This is the area where Ayurveda the holistic medical system offer a lot. It teaches how to cure UTI and modify life style to prevent any recurrence. Complex but natural and therapeutically effective phyto constituents of simple herbs as well as polyherbal formulations act on micro organisms such as E.coli, S.saprophyticus and Klebsiella. E.coli constitutes 80-85% infections. While Staphylococcus saprophyticus contribute10-15%.

In females E.coli which is normal in intestines enter urinary tract by fecal contamination via vaginal secretions. Shorter urethra in women and proximity of urethral orifice to anus make it is easy for bacteria to reach urinary bladder to cause UTI.

Signs and Symptoms

Burning sensation during urination

The causes of this symptom are diseases like gonorrhea, benign prostate enlargement, and calculi in the system or less water intake especially in summer.

Blood in the urine

Inflammation of bladder & kidneys, injury by calculi are the reasons of the symptom.

Cloudy or white urine

Presence of puss may cause this.

Increased frequency of urination and incomplete feeling after urination

Urinary tract infection may cause these symptoms.

Ayurvedic approach

UTI symptoms are mainly Pitha predominant. Many etiological factors are also related to Pitha. An etiological factor of Benign Prostratic Hypertrophy includes Vatha vitiating factors. In summary, vitiation of all doshas is related to UTI one way or the other. While designing treatment protocol, each dosha will be addressed based on factors resulted in UTI .Basic approach is to promote functioning of Vatha in normal direction or achieving vathanulomanatha while not contradicting Pitha.

Vitiating factors leading to UTI

  • Food and drinks that is too spicy, salty and hot.
  • Drinking alcohol.
  • Suppressing the natural urge for urination.
  • Long, direct exposure to sunny and hot day.
  • Habit of emotional outbursts of anger, impatience and jealousy.
  • Working with fire, chemicals and toxic fumes.
  • Drinking less quantities of water.

Treatment procedures

Usually powerful urine infection treatment procedures are not required for UTI. But in very chronic conditions panchakarma procedures may be needed. Following are the steps involved in urine infection treatment.

Oral administration of medicated oils and ghees:

This procedure has ability to transport therapeutically effective components to different tissues of Urinary Tract. This is also helpful in achieving tone and neurological control of bladder musculature.

Steaming and other heating procedures:

In Pitha predominant conditions, steaming is not required.

Vamana or Medicated vomiting:

Only in Kapha predominant UTI vamana procedure is useful.

Virechana or Medicated purgation:

It is a cleansing method, a very important step of urine infection treatment. Cleansing is performed by giving some herbal purgatives. This helps to eliminate blockage of pathways of Vatha humor and alleviates Pitha predominant symptoms.

Vasthi or Medicated enema:

This procedure is useful in cleaning the urinary tract. It is most effective in Ayurvedic treatment bringing cleansing of subtle channels or srothas spread all over the body. This is very effective in aggravated Vatha through removal of blockage in pathways of vatha humor thus enable us to calm Vatha aggravation. This include anal administration of medicated oil alone called Anuvasana Vasthi followed by Nirooha Vasthi where medicated oil, suitable herbal decoction, rock salt, honey and paste of herbal powder are mixed together and administered together. These procedures help in maintaining normal PH,muscle tone and neurological control of urinary bladder thus useful in chronic and recurring UTIs.

Uthara vasthi:

This is different from common vasthi in the way of administration, quantity and in ingredients.

Medicine is applied to urinary bladder through urethral route. This is very useful in chronic UTI.

Diet & Lifestyle

Ayurveda suggests a diet that will promote urination and alleviate vitiated doshas which resulted in UTI. Drinking sufficient quantities of water should become a habit. This will help in eliminating bacteria out of the system.

  • Wear cotton and loose fitting innerwear and clothing.
  • Use dry clothes after bath.
  • Women should follow good personal hygiene practices especially during menstrual periods. Habit should be developed to wipe from front to back after defecation.

Yoga

Bhujangasana, Surya namaskar, Dhanurasana and similar procedures can stimulate and preserve health of genito-urinary system.

Useful Herbs

Ayurvedic formulations and herbs make urinary tract treatment an effective one and functioning preserve normal PH and reduce bacterial load. Following are some of the examples Tribulus terestris or Gokshura, Boerhaavia diffusa or Punarnnava, Asparagus racemosus or Shathavari.

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Disclaimer: In any means, we, Ayur clinic team is not claiming to be a medical doctor neither we registered in the Australian medical board. The word doctor used here is only to represent or to refer the Ayurveda doctors recognized in India after achieving a Bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery qualification. This qualification is recognized in Australia as a naturopath by Vetassess governing body. The information provided on this website is designed to provide helpful information on the medical subjects discussed. Information on this website should not be considered as a replacement for advice and consultation from a healthcare expert. This content or information is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition or difficulties, consult a doctor. The publisher and creator are not responsible for any specific health or allergy needs that may require medical supervision and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences from any treatment, application or use, to any person reading or following the data or information in this website. References are provided for informational purposes only. Readers should be aware that the linked websites listed on this website may change. This site does not recommend or support the self-management of health issues using the information provided on the website. Instead, we insist you to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic doctor for guidance. Information on this site is not comprehensive and does not cover all physical conditions, illnesses, weaknesses or their treatment. Contact your healthcare professional promptly if you have any health-related questions. Never neglect or delay medical advice based upon the information you may have read on this site.

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In any means, we, Ayur clinic team is not claiming to be a medical doctor neither we registered in the Australian medical board. The word doctor used here is only to represent or to refer the Ayurveda doctors recognized in India after achieving a Bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery qualification. This qualification is recognized in Australia as a naturopath by Vetassess governing body. The information provided on this website is designed to provide helpful information on the medical subjects discussed. Information on this website should not be considered as a replacement for advice and consultation from a healthcare expert. This content or information is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition or difficulties, consult a doctor. The publisher and creator are not responsible for any specific health or allergy needs that may require medical supervision and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences from any treatment, application or use, to any person reading or following the data or information in this website. References are provided for informational purposes only. Readers should be aware that the linked websites listed on this website may change. This site does not recommend or support the self-management of health issues using the information provided on the website. Instead, we insist you to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic doctor for guidance. Information on this site is not comprehensive and does not cover all physical conditions, illnesses, weaknesses or their treatment. Contact your healthcare professional promptly if you have any health-related questions. Never neglect or delay medical advice based upon the information you may have read on this site.


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