Urinary tract infections can occur in anyone: men, women, and children. However, women are affected most often, and between 10 and 15 percent of all women experience at least one bout of cystitis at some point in their lives. Ayurveda see this problem as a body type issue first and foremost.
Different Experiences of UTI
Although you may have an infection without noticeable symptoms, but there are a lot of people who are suffering with different level of infections. Some people are having very strong urge to pee even only very little urine is came out while some people experienced burning sensation every time they are urinating. Also, they are some people who will have itchy feeling, frequent urination, and cramping feeling. Some people also have cloudy or blood-tinged urine, lower abdominal or back pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, and a general malaise.
As with all infections, cystitis results from the combination of the person’s weakened resistance to infection and the presence of “germs,” in this case bacteria.
In women bacteria from the anus don’t have far to go to reach the urethra (the tube leading from the bladder to the outside of the body).
Women’s urethras are only one-half inch long (compared with men’s, which are several inches long and located some distance from the anus), so bacteria have only a short trip to the bladder.
If the area has been irritated, for example by sex, bike riding, or the inflammation caused by a vaginal infection, a woman’s ability to resist a bladder infection may be weakened.
Ayurveda recognizes differences in cystitis among the doshas.
Vata-type urinary tractinfections(cystitis) is chronic, bothersome, and tends to come and go. The kapha type is characterized by excess mucus production. Cystitis due to a pitta imbalance causes severe burning in the bladder.
Cystitis also can be called urinary tract infection, may progress to the kidneys or bloodstream, potentially serious conditions, so it should be diagnosed initially by a health professional and monitored if symptoms are severe, prolonged, or recurrent. Antibiotics may rid the body of the current crop of bacteria but will not strengthen the body to resist future infections.
Follow the appropriate Daily Lifestyle Regimen for your dosha,
Kaphas avoiding mucus-producing dairy products. No yogurt especially at night. No day time sleep.
Pittas avoid spices, nightshades, which are tomatoes, potatoes bell peppers, and tobacco.
Drugs and alcohol are like pouring gas on a fire for Pitta Body Type. Will increase tendency for this body type to get UTIs.
Pittas may also benefit from drinking cranberry or pomegranate juice.
In addition women can prevent future occurrences of cystitis(urinary tract infection).
Avoid Irritating Products and Practices
Avoid products and practices that could irritate delicate urogenital tissues, such as deodorant products, tight clothing, and caffeine.
Irritation may occur from an improperly fitted diaphragm, so check the size with your health professional; if you suspect spermicidal foams and jellies may be causing an irritation, try changing brands.
Vata Body Types: Avoid caffeine or any type of artificial stimulant. Follow the Vata Pacifying Diet, have a regular daily regimen. For example: Go to bed before 10-12pm,every night, eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time everyday.
Healthy Approach to Preventing Urinary Tract Infections(uti)
Use Recommendation on side of bottle. Shilajit (Asphaltum) Tablets. VPK can use .
Vata’s need to use jatamansi and or ashwaganda in addition to the following recommendations.
Mix 1/2 teaspoon each: Gokshura, Punanava (Boerrhavia cliffusa) and triphala in 1/2 cup warm water. Lunch and dinner until feeling better then at night only for a month.(VPK can use)
Taste: Favor foods, herbs, and spices that are
Vata is sweet, sour and salty.
Pitta use sweet, bitter, and astringent; these flavors found in cumin,fennel and coriander.
Kaphas especially benefit from pungent, astringent spices, such as trikatu.
Smell: Sweet, warm smells, such as cinnamon, fennel, cloves, and sandalwood, are soothing to the bladder.
Sight: Use lemon-yellow color therapy.
Hearing: Listen to the late-afternoon raga between the hours of four and seven P.M.
Touch: do complete body massage with sesame oil daily.
IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS FOR Urinary Tract InfectionsSeek medical care if: there is pain in the kidneys; blood in the urine; headache; fever; chills; vomiting; or nausea. People with diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, or recurrent cystitis should also consult a health practitioner, as should parents of children who have symptoms of urinary tract infection.