Author: Dr Manoj Kureel ( M.S.), Ass. professor, Bareilly (India)
Revised on 3/09/2019 by : Dr Ranjeet Singh
Urinary Tract Infection is a common infection in any part of urinary system (kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra) caused by bacteria. The infection usually starts in the urethra and then travels up to the urinary bladder and other part of urinary tract. Urinary Tract Infection is more common in women then men because of smaller urethra in women(becomes infected more easily) and urethra is near to anus (a source of contamination). The recurrences of UTI in women are more common. Risk factors include female anatomy sexual intercourse and family history. In Ayurveda it is known as Pittaja Mutrakrichchra.
Causes of UTI?
Mainly E.Coli and streptococcus bacterias are responsible for UTI, other viruses or fungi may rarely be the cause of UTI. Ayurveda belives, UTI may occur due to following factors-
- Excessive exercise
- Increased intake of pitta aggravating food
- Excess intake of alchohol
- Intake of medicaments having corrosive and irritant properties
- Intake of meat of animals inhabiting marshy land and fish in excess
Other conditions can also contribute to UTI-
- Bowel incontinence
- Kidney stones
- Reduced intake of fluids
Symtoms of UTI?
- Burning sensation while passing urine
- Discomfort, pain or burning sensation in urethra
- Increased frequency of urination
- There may be presence of pus or blood in the urine and fever
- Strong smelling urine
- In women pelvic pain may be there
- Feeling of needing to pass urine even when bladder is not full
Ayurveda classified three types of Mutrakrichhra(UTI)-Vataja, Pittaja, Kaphaja producing different symptoms occording to aggravation of Doshas.
Risk factors associated with Urinary Tract Infection
Obstruction to urinary flow
- Congenital anomalies
- Renal calculi
- Ureteral occlusion
Residual urine in bladder
- Neurogenic bladder
- Urethral stricture
- Prosthetic hypertrophy
Instrumentation of urinary tract
- Indwelling urinary catheter
- Urethral dilation
- Honeymoon cystitis
- Pyelitis of pregnancy
- Use of diaphragm or spermicide
How to manage UTI through Ayurveda?
Regarding management of Urinary Tract Infection ( mutrakrichchra) number of antimicrobial agents are available in the market, but resistance of bacteria; recurrence of disease and side effects of antibiotics are major problems. Varunshigru Kwath is well known drug for treating various urinary disorders but kwath preparation is not convenient and palatable to most of the patients, so we ( Manoj kureel and S.J. Gupta) decided to evaluate the efficacy of Varunshigru Kwath in the form of Ghan ( Tablet) in the management of UTI. We observed that both the therapies (Varunshigru ghan vati and antibiotic as per culture and sensivity test) were equally effective in controlling UTI.
About Varunshigru Ghan Vati
Varun ( Crataeva nurvala)
Shighru (Moringa oleifera)
- It helps to relieve symptoms of UTI and reduces frequency and pus cells in urine.
- It acts as anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial
Simple home remedies
- Take 20 ml of decoction of sandal wood, Indian sarsaparilla, phylanthus niguri and Tinospora cardifolia.
- Take 3 cup of water in a vessel, mix three teaspoon of coriander power, one teaspoon of powdered rock candy, leave it overnight. Mix well and drink one cup of the liquid three times a day.
- Have 1 teaspoon of powdered Indian gooseberry fruit (amla) with a glass of water on empty stomach every morning
- Main drugs to cure UTI: Shilajatu (black asphaltum), Gokshuru (Tribulus terrestris), Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Varuna (Crateva religiosa), Shigru(Moringa Oleifera), Sariva(Hemidesmus indicus), Chandana (Santalum album).
- Syp- Neeri
- Trinapanchmoola Kashaya
- Cap-Urokind Forte
- Take more coconut water
- Lemon Juice
- Grape Juice
- Other cooling drinks
- Hot, spicy, salty, fish and sour diet