Ayurvedic management of urinary disorders
Posted on August 30, 2021

Urinary disorders are quite a common affliction that affects both men, women and children. The major problem that arises during urinary disorders is that it affects the ability of the body to flush out toxins efficiently in time.

The urinary system comprises two kidneys & ureters, the bladder, and the urethra. The kidneys are shaped like beans and clean out the blood and create urine. The two ureters that lie on either side of the bladder carry the urine to the bladder and eventually expel it from the body via the urethra. Under normal circumstances, the excess fluid and bodily wastes are efficiently removed from the body by the combined effort of the urinary system. However, this efficiency is affected when there is a urinary disorder and can impede the following critical functions:

 

  • Removal of excess fluid/waste in the body

  • The correct electrolyte level Maintenance

  • Secretion of hormones for blood pressure regulation

The ancient science of Ayurveda has been treating such disorders since its inception and we will be discussing Ayurvedic medicine for urinary problems in this article. But before you accept any treatment, you have to get the ailment diagnosed accurately as there are primarily 4 types of urological disorders.

 

  1. Prostate enlargement: A.K.A Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is very common in older men where the swollen prostate exerts pressure on the urethra and results in a frequent urge to urinate.

  2. Kidney Stones: Small particles attach themselves to crystals in the urine and become bigger in size that can cause significant impairment of urinary function. 

  3. Urinary incontinence: Loss of bladder control resulting in urine leakage due to weak bladder muscles, weak sphincter muscles, overactive bladder, infections and diseases like Parkinson’s. 

  4. Urinary Tract infections: Bacterial or viral infection in the urinary tract can cause a burning sensation when urinating. 

 

Signs you may have urinary disorders

It is recommended to drink at least 2litres per day to avoid urinary disorders. Also, prolonging intervals between urination can weaken the muscles that help you to control your bladder. Urinary tract infections may remain undetected sometimes as you may not experience any symptoms outwardly every time. However, watch out for the following symptoms to understand if your problem could be urinary incontinence symptoms or a urine block arising from a UTI: 

  • The urge to urinate frequently

  • The uncomfortable feeling that your bladder is still full, even after you have just urinated

  • Burning sensation or pain while urinating

  • Inability to pass the normal amounts of urine or pass urine completely

  • Discoloured urine. Probably due to blood in the urine

  • A strong pungent odour of the urine

  • Involuntary expulsion of urine when you sneeze or laugh

  • Involuntary & uncontrolled passage of urine, mostly minor leaks.

  • Urine dribbling all through the night and sometimes even day

  • Pain in the upper back, around where the kidney is located

  • Pain across the sides below the ribs

  • Fever and shivering

  • Vomiting sensation without stimulus

Ayurvedic management of urinary disorders

In Ayurveda, the conditions affecting the kidneys and urinary tract are termed Mutravahasrota Roga and the ones affecting the urethra and bladder are known as Mutraghata. They are known to be caused by aggravated Vata Dosha and can be treated with the help of Mutravirechana(diuretics), which balance the downward flow of the Vata dosha to stimulate the flow of urine. Out of all the treatments available in Ayurveda, Panchakarma has a special place since it is the remedy for so many disorders.

 

Panchakarma for urinary tract disorders

As per Ayurveda, Urinary tract disorders are caused by the imbalance of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas. Ayurvedic treatment for urinary tract disorders involves cleaning out blockages of the urinary tract, flushing out infection with detoxification, and administering herbs that tone the kidneys and normalise the functioning of the Apana Vayu (Vata).

Panchakarma is the holistic method of elimination of the toxins and may include treatments such as:

  • Vasti: The process of using medicated enemas (mixture of medicated herbs) to the colon via the anal canal.

  • Uttaravasti: Medicated enemas are administered through the urethral or vaginal route.

  • Snehapana: Oral administration of medicated ghee to transport therapeutically effective components to different tissues of the urinary tract.

  • Virechana – Induced purgation with medicated herbs for emptying of the digestive tract.

  • Abhyanga: This healing whole-body massage improves circulation, refreshes both physical and mental health, and unblocks channels that prevented the proper flow of Prana.

  • Swedana: Medicated steam bath flushes out accumulated body toxins and restores cell metabolism.

Depending on the severity of the issue, Herbal treatment in Dubai offers Ayurvedic herbs for urinary problems such as Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia), Shilajit (Mineral Pitch, Asphaltum), Varuna (Crataeva Nurvula), Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris), Punarnava (Boerrhavia Diffusa),:

Chandan (Santalum Album), etc. Many times simple tweaks to our life can work wonders for our bodies. Urinary Tract Infection Treatment Dubai recommended lifestyle for preventing urinary disorders include:

  • Reduced exposure to extreme heat and sun.

  • Avoid the urge to hold urination 

  • Avoid dampness that can cause urinary infections.

  • Reduce hot spices & regularly drink fluids like water, fresh lemon juice, fresh coconut water, orange juice, etc.

  • Practise Yoga

A healthy urinary system can help you to keep many unwanted diseases at bay. Just like the old saying goes, “Prevention is always better than cure”.