Cystitis

Cystitis

Cyctitis is a type of urinary tract infections which is very common. It causes inflammation in the bladder, frequent urination with burning and pain, sometimes bleeding or pus in urine when it becomes severe. It is more common in women than men.

Causes

The most common cause of cystitis is e-coli bacteria that generally stay on the skin or in the small intestines, but when it travels to the urethra, it causes inflammation. Various other bacteria or fungi may also cause UTI. Other less common reasons are chemicals, chemotherapy drugs, radiations used for treating pelvic cancer and injuries.

Symptoms

  • Frequent painful urination
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Constant urge to pee
  • Blood in semen or urine in men

Ayurvedic View

Ayurveda refers to cystitis or UTI as mootrakruchhra and relates it with consumption of heat causing drugs, dry foods (jowar, bajra), exertion, excessive alcohol consumption, excessive food intake and indigestion. Urine is related to the apan vayu, disturbance in which can cause problems related to urination. Different UTI infections according to Ayurveda are Vataj mootrakruchhra, Pittaj mootrakruchhra, Kaphaj mootrakruchhra and Sannipatik mootrakruchhra. Ayurveda treats these infections using an internal detoxification method that removes the blockages in the urinary tract. Additionally, relevant herbs are to be given to improve the condition of kidneys.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Consuming adequate amount of liquids every day is very important and the most natural way of staying away from urinary system related issues. Especially for people exposed to environments with high temperature, air conditioning and dryness atmosphere, it is vital to keep hydrated.
  • Include drinks like fruit juices, coconut water etc. in your diet.
  • Ensure the purity of water and other liquids before drinking.
  • Ensure self hygiene and avoid using public washrooms.