Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system-such as kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract-the bladder and the urethra.
Comparing to sex women is at greater risk of developing a UTI than men. Infection of bladder can be painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur if a UTI spreads to your urinary system.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of UTI?
Urinary tract infection has following signs and symptoms as described:
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Frequency of the urine may decrease
- Urine that appears cloudy
- Strong smelling urine
- Pelvic pain in women -especially in the affected part of the body and pelvis and around the lower area of pubic bone.
What are the Main Causes of UTI?
The main causes of urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli (E.COLI), usually found in the digestive system. Chlamydia and mycobacterium bacteria can infect the urinary tract but not the bladder.
UTIs are given different names depending on the location of affected part. For example:
- A bladder infection known as cystitis.
- A urethra infection known as urethritis.
- A kidney infection known as pyelonephritis.
What is the Ayurvedic View of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?
The channel carrying urine waste is called mutra vaha srotas in Ayurveda. The origin of the channel begins at the kidneys, the bladder is the container, the ureters are the passageways, and the end or opening is the urethra.
According to Ayurveda, UTIs are due to an imbalance within pitta dosha. Ayurveda’s wisdom offers guidelines to balance pitta dosha and strengthen the urinary tract in order to avoid recurring infection.
Main factors that aggravate pitta dosha and contribute to UTI are:
- Eating foods that are too hot, sour, or spicy
- Drinking alcohol
- Suppressing the urge to urinate
- Habitually retaining urine in the bladder for long periods of time
- Exposure to extreme heat, and overexposure to sunlight.
- Emotion of anger, impatience, jealousy.
- Environmental factors such as working with fire, chemical, or toxic fumes.
- Not drinking enough water.
What is the Ayurvedic Treatment of UTI?
Ayurved provides numerous herbs that deal with all the signs and symptoms in the urinary tract infection. Chandigarh Ayurved centre provides natural and herbal treatment for UTI without causing any side effects on body. This herbal kit comprise of four products in it mentioned below:
1. Standard Detox Sachet
These sachets are purely natural and help in slow down of burning sensation and infection in a natural way. These sachets have anti-inflammatory effects on the body and thus help in decreasing the inflammation. The sachet also has antioxidant properties. These sachet contains following ingredients Parwal Pishti, Shukta Pishti, Giloy Satva, Kamdudha Ras, Akik Pishti, Gandhak Rasayan, Shankh Bhasma, Sutshekar Ras, Sudyog Tab, Shwet Parpati.
Recommended Dosage: Take one sachet twice a day with normal water.
2. Chanderprabha Vati
(also known as Chanderprabha Gutika and Chanderprabha Vatika) is an ayurvedic classical medicine used for the treatment of disease of kidneys, bladder, urinary tract, pancreas, thyroid gland. Chanderprabha vati has anti-inflammatory, diuretic, analgesic, dysuria, abdominal colic, urinary obstruction, and antacid properties. It is a combination of following herbal medicinal plants Vacha (Acorus calamus), Bhunimba (Andrographis paniculata), Tree Turmeric (Berberis aristata), Nut grass (Cyperus rotundus), etc.
Recommended Dosage -Take two tablets twice a day with normal water.
3. Panchaguna Churna
It is an herbal preparation that helps to cure urinary tract infection and inflammation. It has antioxidant and diuretic effects on the body. This churna contain ingredients like Neem (Azadirachta indica), Amla (Phyllanthus emblica), Harad (Terminalia chebula), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), etc.
Recommended Dosage: Take half teaspoon twice a day with normal water.
4. Uerolex Syrup
This syrup is an herbal alkalizer. It has diuretic, anti inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant effects on the body. It contains ingredients like Gokshru (Tribulus terrestris), Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Apamarg (Achyranthes aspera), etc that reduces inflammation, burning sensation, & pain.
Recommended dosage: Take two teaspoon twice a day.
Healthy Tips and Diet For Uti Patient
Ayurveda recommends a diet that will balance pitta dosha to cleanse and eliminate the toxins that are bringing too much heat to the body. Drink plenty of water to flush bacteria out of urinary tract.
The following foods have an adverse effect on the bladder and should be avoided:-
Alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages, coffee, chocolates, refined and processed foods, refined sugars.
Bacteria can flourish when conditions are warm and moist.
Here are a few tips that help you to stay cool and dry:
- Empty your bladder after taking a bath and sexual intercourse.
- Wear cool, loose fitting cotton underwear and clothing.
- Dry thoroughly after shower or bath.
- Women should use sanitary pads for their menstrual cycle, avoiding tampons and other such products.
- Cultivate emotions of peace and contentment.
Do perform yoga poses that will help the kidney and abdominal area such as Cobra (Bhujangasana), Bridge (Setu bhanda Sarvagasana), and Bow (Dhanurasana) pose.
These help to massage and tone the kidneys and improve the function of genito urinary organs and also improve BMR (Basal metabolic rate) of the body.
Do practice Sheetali pranayama (cooling pranayama) or breathing exercise that is effective in reducing excess heat in the body.
It is a practice that brings tranquility and contement to the mind.
Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
- Drink plenty of fluids and water. Hydration rate of the body has been linked to the risk of urinary tract infection.
- Increase vitamins C Intake.
- Drink unsweetened cranberry juice.
- Urinate consistently: urinate consistently and when the urge arises ensures that bacteria isn’t growing in urine that stays in the bladder. It’s also important to urinate soon after sexual intercourse in order to avoid any kind of infection and bacteria that may have entered the urethra.
- Always stay clean and dry.
- Clove oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral activity. It possesses anti inflammatory properties, and is used to relieve pain and promote healing.
- Oregano essential oil can be used as an alternative antibacterial remedy for enhancing the healing process in bacterial infection.
- Myrrh oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti parasitic properties. It is beneficial in urinary tract infection (UTI).
Vaidya Jagjit Singh is a 3rd generation Ayurved physician from his family and is the remarkable person responsible for setting up of the Chandigarh Ayurved and Panchkarma Centre in sector 32 and 22, Chandigarh and Zirakpur and he is also the first founder member of Guru Ravidas Ayurved University. He has done his B.A.M.S. from Shri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, Chandigarh. He is an admirable ayurvedic physician with specialization in Chronic ailments.