In Ayurveda, Conditions affecting the kidneys and urinary tract are known as “Mutravahasrota Roga” and affecting the bladder and urethra are known as “Mutraghata”.
As per Ayurveda, harmony of vata, pitta, and kapha doshas is responsible for good health. Urinary problems are caused by the imbalance of these humours.
Ayurvedic management for urinary problems involves cleaning out blockages of the urinary tract, flushing out infection with detoxification and adminstering herbs that tone the kidneys and normalize the function of the Apana vata.
SYMPTOMS OF URINARY PROBLEMS
When the urinary tract is not functioning well, we can suffer unpleasant symptoms include-
Burning sensation is a most common symptom of a urinary tract infection.
According to ayurveda, Burning urination is an indicator of vitiated pitta dosha.
t can be caused by stones in the kidney, a urinary tract infection (UTI), enlarged prostate, or poor hygiene.
Nephritis is defined as Inflammation of the kidneys.
In Ayurveda nephritis is known as Vrikka sotha.
Nephritis can cause abdominal pain, edema around the face, diarrhea, nausea, headache, and high blood pressure in the morning.
Generally Haematuria is defined as the presence of blood cells in the urine.
According to Ayurveda, it is a form of adhoga raktapitta.
It can be caused by strenuous exercise, infection, stones in the genito-urinary tract, polycystic kidney disease
Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
UTIs are more common in women than men because the length of their urethra is shorter than men’s.
An e.coli bacterium is the most common cause of UTIs.
Renal stones are generally formed by excess calcium, phosphates or oxalates around the kidney, ureter, bladder and urethra. When stones come down the urinary tract it can be excruciatingly painful.
The presence of an abnormal amount of protein in the urine is known as proteinuria.
The presence of protein in urine is not a problem by itself but it suggests the kidneys are not working properly. It may need detailed analysis of kidney function.
Prostatitis is generally caused by bacterial infection.
Inflammation of the prostate gland results in urinary frequency and urgency, burning and painful urination, and pain in the lower genital areas.
CLASSIFICATION OF MUTRAGHATA-
According to the Acharya charaka mutraghata has 13 kinds-
Mutrashukra (Semen in urine)
Usnavata (Cystitis, gonorrhea)
Mutragranthi (Malignant neoplasm /tumor of the bladder)
Vatakundalika (spasmodic stricture of the bladder)
Vatastheela (Enlargement of prostate)
Mutrajathara (Distended bladder with urine and gas)
Vidavighata (Retrovesical fistula)
Mutrasanga (Stricture of urethra)
Vastikundalam (Atonic condition of the bladder)
Mutrasada (Crystalluria; scanty urination)
Vatavasti (retention of urine/ Obstruction of the bladder outlet)
Mutratita (Decrease in force of urinary stream; incontinence of urine)
AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR URINARY PROBLEMS-
Panchakarma is the procedure of elimination of the toxins and root causes of disease and purification. It may include treatments such as:
In this treatment, medicated ghee is administrated to the patient through oral route.
It has the ability to transport therapeutically effective components to different tissues of urinary tract.
Abhayanga improves blood circulation and cleaning out the blocks of channels.
Abhayanga therapy refreshes both mental and physical health.
Swedana (medicated steam)-
Medicated steam bath restores cell metabolism and flushes out accumulated body toxins.
Swedana reduces stiffness and heaviness in the body.
Tapa (fomentation) and Avagaha sweda (sitz bath) in the basti (bladder) area are effective for the treatment of urinary tract infections.
Basti karma refers to herbal enemas which are administered to the colon via the anal canal.
Enemas are very effective in cleansing the large intestine and rectum
Enema therapy provides relief from the many urinary problems such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), burning urination and nephritis etc.
Therapeutic herbs are used to induce purgation – a complete emptying of the digestive tract.
lepas are semisolid herbal plasters that are applied to the entire body or affected areas to reduce inflammatary swelling.
For urinary problems treatment,it is applied to the bladder (basti) region.
Yavakshara powder made from the ashes of herbs is also applied to the bladder region to treat urinary tract infection.
In this treatment, ayurvedic enemas are administrated to the patient through the urethral or vaginal route.
SOME ANCIENT HERBAL FORMULATIONS FOR URINARY PROBLEMS-
BEST HERBS FOR URINARY PROBLEMS-
Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris)
Shilajit (Mineral Pitch, Asphaltum)
Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia)
Punarnava (Boerrhavia Diffusa)
Chandan (Santalum Album)
Varuna (Crataeva Nurvula)
YOGASANAS FOR URINARY PROBLEMS-
Gomukhasan (cow’s face pose),
Pawanmuktasan (wind-relieving pose)
Viparitkarni mudra (legs up the wall pose)
Moolbandh (root lock)
Ardha matsendrasana (half spinal twist pose)
Uttanpadasana (raised leg pose)
LIFESTYLE CHANGES –
Eat seasonal fruits
Drink plenty of water
Consume pink Himalayan salt
Use barley water to drink
Do not eat drying foods
Reduce intake of hot spicy oily food
Avoid excessive exposure to heat and sun
Don’t hold urination urge
Avoid dampness and moisture because it may cause urinary infections.
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