A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that involves the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. These are the structures that urine passes through before being eliminated from the body. Urinary tract infections are one the most common types of infection in the body. Urinary tract infections are one of the most serious health problems striking millions of people each year. Women are especially prone to UTIs as compared to men, the reason for this is not well understood, but anatomic differences between the genders (a shorter urethra in women ) might be partially responsible.
Causes of UTI :
The urine is normally sterile. An infection occurs when bacteria get into the urine and begin to grow. The bacterial infection usually starts at the opening of the urethra where the urine leaves the body and moves upward into the urinary tract. The culprit in at least 75%-90% of uncomplicated infections is a type of bacteria called E.coli. These bacteria normally live in the bowel (colon) and around the anus.
Signs and Symptoms :
Ayurvedic View :
According to Ayurveda; mutrakricha (dysuria), ashmari (renal calculus or stone), and prameha roga ( polyuria) are included under mutra vikara (diseases of the renal system). In Ayurveda, Meha Roga indicates diseases of the urinary system. Anything being excreted out in urine abnormally indicates meha roga. Urinary tract infections can be addressed as puyameha, which is described as pyuria in modern medicine.
Ayurveda has many effective herbs that cure urinary tract infections naturally. These work as natural antibiotics, so they kill all the harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi causing frequent UTIs, without any side effects.
Neem (Azadirachta indica): Neem is well known for its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, used effectively to eradicate UTIs.
Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia): It helps to boost the immunity. As a pitta pacifier herb, it also helps in reducing fever and painful urination-like symptoms.
Varun (Crateva Nurvula): It acts as a blood purifier and maintains homeostasis. It has a diuretic property and increases urine flow. It also helps in reducing benign prostatic hypertrophy in males.
Guggul (Commiphora mukul): Guggul is best antimicrobial agent, used with other herbal combinations to work best in UTI.
Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum): Tulsi has been long used as a urinary antibacterial agent and helps neutralize the acidity in the body.
Punarnava (Boervia diffusa): Helps in rejuvenating the whole body. Has diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. Reduces urea and creatinine levels in the blood. It also helps in reducing kidney stones.
Cranberry : Cranberry products, including juices and extracts, are among the most popular choices for natural and alternative treatments for UTIs. Cranberries contain a wide variety of chemical compounds, such as D-mannose, hippuric acid, and anthocyanins, that may play a role in limiting the ability of infectious bacteria to adhere to the urinary tract, thus hindering their growth and ability to cause infection.
Disclaimer : Sandeep Kumar and Anupam Vasudeva are not GP, they have Ayurveda medical degree from India where it is considered equal to any other medical degree. This qualification is recognized in Australia by vetassess governing body as Complementary Health Therapists. Life Line Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic does not claim to cure a disease or terminal illness and does not create any unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment. Ayurvedic medicines and treatments are generally considered to be safe but rarely may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases. We recommend seeking urgent medical attention in the case of an adverse reaction. This website provides you with information. You must contact your Ayurvedic or another health professional before you apply them. Read More