Urinary tract infection commonly termed as UTI is an infection affecting your urinary system. It may either your urethra, ureter, bladder or kidneys. Commonly urethra and bladder are affected.
Females are more prone to UTI because of shorter urethra than men.
Causes of UTI
- Bacteria like E.coli, Chlamydia and Mycoplasma are the disease causing microorganisms.
- Pregnancy, Diabetes, Sexually transmitted diseases and repeated gastroenteritis may precipitates occurrence of UTI.
- Using public toilets.
- Unhealthy sexual activities.
- Poor hygiene and improper cleaning after defecation.
- Weak immune power.
- Kidney stones or tumors.
- Holding urine for longer duration.
- Less fluid intake.
- After catheterisation/surgery.
- In old age due to BPH (Benign prostatic hypertrophy) in males and menopause in females.
Symptoms of UTI
- Pain and burning sensation during urination.
- Strong urge to urinate.
- Frequent urination.
- Few may get mild to high fever with chills.
- Lower abdominal pain.
- Cloudy urine.
- Blood in urine.
- When kidneys are involved, there be nausea and vomiting with spiking fever.
Management of UTI
- Few may need a course of antibiotics.
- You can do warm compress on your lower abdomen or tub bath with lukewarm water to ease pain and pressure in bladder.
- Avoid caffeinated/ carbonated/ citrus drinks.
Ayurvedic Management of UTI
The following ayurvedic medicines are highly beneficial in the treatment of UTI:
- Brihatyadi Kashayam
- Guluchyadi Kashayam
- Trna Pancha Mula
- Chandraprabha vati
- Drink plenty of water boiled with Musta, Punarnava and Gokshura
To prevent recurrent UTI, the following ayurvedic medicines are highly effective:
- Kushmanda rasayana
- Dashamoola lehya
- Shatavari lehyam
- Vastyamayantaka grita
- Sukumara ghrita