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 sees this problem as a body type issue first and foremost.
Different Experiences of UTI
Although you may have an infection without noticeable symptoms, there are a lot of people who are suffering from a different level of infections.
Some people are having a 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 an itchy feeling, frequent urination, and a cramping feeling. Some people also have cloudy or blood-tinged urine, lower abdominal or back pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, and 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 an 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 tract infections(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 the 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 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 every day.
Healthy Approach to Preventing Urinary Tract Infections(UTI)
Use Recommendation on side of the bottle. Shilajit (Asphaltum) Tablets. VPK can use.
Vata’s need to use Jatamansi and or Ashwagandha 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 than at night only for a month. (VPK can use)
Taste: Favor foods, herbs, and spices that are
Vata is sweet, sour and salty.
Pitta uses 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.
Urine Examination – The Ayurvedic Way
Urine examination is an important examination which is necessary for prognostic evaluation and diagnostic purposes. The examination includes color examination, appearance and the oil drop examination (Taila Bindu Pariksha).
The color result of the urine will be able to identify which dosha a person is a predominance with.
- Pale yellowish color and unctuous appearance are suggestive of Vata predominance.
- Whitish color and foamy appearance are suggestive of Kapha predominance.
- The blackish color of the urine is suggestive of Tridosha aggravation.
Textual descriptions suggest minute observations of the color and appearance to help come to the correct diagnosis to determine the stage of the disease process and evaluation of the prognosis (Sadhya-Asadhyatwa).
Oil Drop Examination
The oil drop examination is carried out in daylight with the morning’s first midstream sample collected in a clean, wide-mouthed glass container.
A drop of sesame oil is dropped in it with the help of a stick dipped in the sample of the urine to be examined. Then the behavior pattern of the oil drop over the surface of urine sample in the container is seen and clinical interpretations are made.
Speed of Oil Spreading Evaluation
Fast: The disease can be cured easily. (Sukhasadhya)
Very slow or no spreading: The disease is difficult to cure spreading (Kasht-Sadhya)
Settles down: The disease is incurable (Asadhya).
Mode of spreading of oil drop Dominance of dosha (disease)
Spreads like a serpent: Vata-dominated disease
Stays and take shape of an umbrella: Pitta-dominated disease
Starts taking shape of some pears: Kapha – dominated disease
The Direction of the Movement of Oil Drop Evaluation
- The movement to east denotes quick recovery.
- The movement to the west indicates non-serious of disease.
The movement to the north indicates symptoms of the disease-free state is seen.
- The movement to the south Indicates condition of fever (Vara) and gradual recovery will be seen.
Other patterns, form or and characteristics Evaluation shape of oil drop:
- Flow like a swan, pond, lotus, elephant, mountain indicates prognosis is good (Sukh-Sadhya).
- Sink in like tortoise, anencephalic man (man without head) indicates prognosis is grave (Kasht-Sadhya).
- Sinks in urine and move without spreading indicates very bad prognosis (Asadhya).