Urethritis

Urethritis is inflammation of urethra. 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 has studied such conditions under the title Mootrakruchhra which means dysuria.

Causes

According to modern science, urethritis is caused by various bacterial or fungal infections, chemicals, radiations or injuries. Ayurveda has blamed following things for causing mootrakruchhra: substances that increase heat, food or climate increases dryness in body, excessive consumption of alcohol, excessive exertion, excessive food intake and indigestion.

Symptoms

         Scalding pain in the urethra during urination

         Discharge from urethra & vagina

         Difficulty in intercourse

         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 various types in Ayurvda. Some such types are: Vataj Mootrakruchhra (caused mainly by vitiated Vayu) is marked by severe pains in pelvic region and obstructed urination. Pittaj Mootrakruchhra (caused mainly by vitiated Pitta) shows severe burning micturition with reddish or yellowish urine. Kaphaj Mootrakruchhra (caused mainly by vitiated Kapha) id characterized by swelling and heaviness in pelvic region and sticky urine. Sannipatik Mootrakruchhra is caused by vitiation of all three Doshas and therefore have mixed characteristics. Ayurvedic regimens for Mootrakruchhra normally prevent surgical interference 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 apan vayu.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

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

         Persons living or working in humid atmosphere tend to sweat more which evaporates water contents form the body. This too can cause urinary problems. Persons getting exposed to such factors should drink adequate liquids like water, fruit juices, coconut water etc.

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