Urinary tract infections have troubled mankind long before causative agents of UTI were detected to be bacteria in the urinary system. Urinary tract infection refers to both microbial colonization of the urine and tissue invasion of any structure of the urinary tract. Bacteria are the most commonly responsible factor, although yeast, fungi, and viruses may produce urinary infections.

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in which any part of the urinary system such as the Kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra can get affected. Maximum infections involve the lower urinary tract-the bladder and the urethra. As compared to men, women are at a greater risk of developing UTIs. Infection of the bladder is usually painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur if UTIs spreads to the urinary system.

Signs And Symptoms Of Uti

Urinary tract infection presents with a burning sensation when urinating, a decrease in the frequency of urine, cloudy urine with a strong smell, and in women, pelvic pain is seen especially in the affected part of the pelvis which is around the area near the lower part of the pubic bone.

Main Causes Of Uti

Escherichia coli is the most common causative organism of this disease that causes approximately 80% of acute infections in patients without catheters. Other gram-negative bacilli, especially Proteus and Klebsiella are seen occasionally. Enterobacter accounts for a smaller proportion and leads to uncomplicated infections. Gram-positive cocci also play a lesser role in urinary tract infections. In young females and patients with renal stones or previous instrumentation Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Enterococci, and Staphylococcus aureus are seen. Chlamydia and mycobacterium bacteria usually infect the urinary tract but can’t affect the bladder. UTIs are called by different names depending on the location of the affected part. Bladder infection is called cystitis. Urethra infection is called urethritis and kidney infection is called pyelonephritis.

Ayurvedic View Of Urinary Tract Infection (Uti)

Ayurveda has correlated UTI to Mutrakrichha which is painful voiding of urine. The patient feels the urge to micturate but passes urine with pain.  

Mutravaha Srotas are the channel carrying urine waste that begins from the kidneys, the bladder is the container, the ureters are the passageways, and the end or opening is the urethra. UTI is due to an imbalance of pitta dosha. So more important is to balance Pitta dosha and strengthen the urinary tract so that recurring infections can be avoided.

Eating foods that are too hot, sour, or spicy, drinking alcohol, suppressing the urge to urinate, habitually retaining urine in the bladder for a long time, exposure to extreme heat and sunlight for a long and drinking less water aggravates Pitta and thus leads to UTI.

Ayurvedic Treatment Of Uti

Ayurveda has many wonderful herbs that can help to treat UTIs. It acts as a natural antibiotic without any harmful effects on the body. These medications include Punarnavadi Kashayam, Varanadi Kashayam, Gokhshooradi tablet, Chandraprabha Vati, Chandanasava, and Guluchyadi Kashayam and Ashwagandha. 

Caution- Consultation from one of our qualified ayurvedic practitioners is required for proper screening.

Diet & Lifestyle

Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic will provide custom-made tailored diet guidance to follow. A diet that balances pitta dosha and cleanses and eliminates the toxins that cause heat to the body. Drinking plenty of water is helpful to flush bacteria out of the urinary tract. Alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages, coffee, chocolates, refined and processed foods, and refined sugars have adverse effects on the bladder and should be avoided As bacteria flourish when conditions are warm and moist so it is necessary to stay cool and dry by emptying the bladder after bath and sexual intercourse, wear cool, loose-fitting cotton undergarments and clothing. Women should use sanitary pads for their menstrual cycle, avoid tampons and other such products, and should control emotions of peace and contentment. Drink plenty of fluids and water. The hydration rate of the body has been linked to the risk of urinary tract infection. Urination should be done frequently or whenever the urge arises to ensure that bacteria growth is prevented in the bladder, and stay clean and dry. Clove oil and oregano oil have antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties and relieve pain and promote healing and thus are beneficial in UTIs.

To find out more about how Ayurveda can help with the above condition, visit Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic or call 0208 907 7902 to book an appointment with an expert Ayurvedic Practitioner.

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