Cystitis

Urinary tract infections involve difficult, frequent or burning urination, sometimes with pain, bleeding or pus in the urine. The infection of the urinary tract may be confined to the urethra, prostate or urinary bladder. In such cases, features of systemic illness are rarely seen and the symptoms are those like that of dysuria. Ayurveda refers to such conditions as mootrakruchhra which means dysuria.

Cystitis is the inflammation of the urinary bladder. It is often caused by infection and is usually accompanied by frequent painful urination. Urethritis is caused by the inflammation of the urethra and prostatitis is caused by the inflammation of the prostate gland. In all the above conditions, the common symptom is painful urination.

Causes

According to modern science, cystitis, urethritis and prostatitis are caused by various bacterial or fungal infections, chemicals, radiation or injuries. According to Ayurveda, following things are responsible for causing mootrakruchhra: heat increasing drugs, dry foods (like jowar, bajra), excessive consumption of alcohol, excessive exertion, excessive food intake and indigestion.

Symptoms

         Fever

         Chills

         nausea and vomiting

         Blood in semen or urine in men

Ayurvedic View

Eliminating urine is a function of apan vayu. So disturbance of apan vayu causes problems in uirnation. One such disease is mootrakruchhra which has been classified into four types in Ayurveda. Vataj mootrakruchhra (caused mainly by vitiated vayu) is marked by obstructed urination and severe pain in the pelvic region. Pittaj mootrakruchhra (caused mainly by vitiated pitta) shows severe burning micturition with reddish or yellowish urine. Kaphaj mootrakruchhra (caused mainly by vitiated kapha) is characterized by swelling and heaviness in the pelvic region and sticky urine. Sannipatik mootrakruchhra is caused by vitiation of all three doshas and therefore have mixed characteristics. Ayurvedic treatment for mootrakruchhra normally do not recommend surgical intervention in these conditions. The line of treatment involves the removal of infection with internal detoxification, cleaning and removing any blockages in the urinary tract, combined with herbs to tone the kidneys and normalize the functioning of apana vayu.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

         To prevent problems of urinary system, it is always important to drink adequate liquids every day. Especially sitting in air conditioned rooms, cars and aeroplanes causes dryness in urinary tract which often leads to urinary problems. People exposed to such environments should drink adequate warm water.

         Persons living or working in humid atmosphere tend to sweat more leading to loss of water from the body. This too can cause urinary problems. People exposed to such environments should drink adequate liquids like water, fruit juices, coconut water etc.

         Drinking such liquids which are reasonably pure protects the person from urinary infections.