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Top 7 Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are the infections in any part of the urinary system—kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most of the infections involve the lower urinary tract i.e. in the bladder and in the urethra. Women are more susceptible to these infections rather than men. Infection which is limited to bladder is painful but serious consequences can occur if UTI spreads to kidneys.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) is a global health condition affecting many people worldwide.  Primarily the UTI was caused by gram-negative bacteria and involvement of gram-positive bacteria was very less. Escherichia coli (80%), Proteus mirabilis, Klebsiella pneumonia and Enterobacter aerogenes were common gram-negative bacteria while Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Enterococci and Staphylococcus aureus were gram negative bacteria responsible for urinary tract infections as uncontrolled use of antibiotics resulted in bacterial resultant which converted into a threatening condition in the present world.

Top 7 Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections(UTI)

Pseudomonas and Escherichia coli were most susceptible bacteria for the development of multi-drug resistance (MDR). In recent years, the problem of drug resistance to human pathogenic is growing day by day and the outlook for the use of drugs in future aspect is uncertain. Therefore, there is a need of some alternative and effective medicine particularly of natural origin with an ultimate goal to provide efficient treatment to the patient.

Various efforts have been done worldwide to find out novel anti-microbial agents from plants which may act through different mechanisms other than those currently used antimicrobials and might be noteworthy in clinical practice for the management of MDR microbial strains. These practices are based on traditional and cultural uses. Therefore, there is a vital need for thoroughly investigating such plants not only on laboratory bacterial strain but also clinically isolated microbe to develop them into magic bullet to treat various disease conditions.

Urinary Tract Infections according to Ayurveda

  • According to Ayurveda, Urinary Tract Infection is known as Pittaja Mutrakrichhra is caused by the aggravation of Pitta dosha. Diet and lifestyle that causes aggravation of Pitta dosha also increases infection. Aggravated Pitta produces toxins in the body and these toxins accumulate in the mutravahi srotas and create an imbalance in the defence system of urinary system and lead to bacterial growth.
  • Many drugs work on the bacteria responsible for these infections but these drugs do not work on improving the body’s defence mechanism. Further, antibiotics increase Pitta dosha in the body further deteriorating the condition but Ayurvedic treatment pacify the heating toxins thereby providing long term relief to the patient.

What are the symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections?

  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Passing frequent, small amount of urine
  • Strong and persistent urge to urinate
  • Strong smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain in women especially in the centre of pelvis and around the area of pubic bone.
  • Cloudy appearance of urine
  • Urine that appears red or cola coloured which is a sign of blood in the urine

Types of Urinary Tract Infection

There are types of urinary tract infections depending on the type of urinary tract which is infected.

  • Acute Pyelonephritis affecting the kidneys in which there is pain in upper back, shaking, fever, chills, nausea and vomiting.
  • Cystitis affecting the bladder in which there is a pressure on the pelvis, discomfort in the lower abdomen, frequent and painful urination and blood in urine.
  • Urethritis affecting the urethra in which there is burning sensation during urination.

Risk factors associated with Urinary Tract Infections -These factors are more common in women because—

  • Female Anatomy—Woman’s urethra is shorter than man’s urethra which shortens the distance that bacteria must travel to reach the bladder.
  • Using certain types of birth control—Women who use diaphragms for birth control are at a greater risk.
  • Menopause—After menopause, there is a decline in the circulating estrogens which causes changes in the urinary tract that makes a woman more susceptible to infection.

Other factors are

  • A suppressed immune system—Diseases like—diabetes impair the immune system which increase the risk of UTIs.
  • Blockages in the urinary tract—An enlarged prostate or kidney stones can trap urine in the bladder and can increase the risk of UTIs.

Top 7 Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection

  • Keep 3 tablespoons of powdered coriander seeds and 1 tablespoon of mishri mixed in 3 cups of water overnight and drink 1 cup of this liquid 3 times a day. This is a very effective remedy for pacifying Pitta in the urinary tract.
  • Amla—Amla (Indian gooseberry) juice (3-4 spoons) mixed with sugar (1 spoon) must be taken 2-3 times a day or dip Amla powder smashed raisins and sugar in water overnight and drink this water in the morning empty stomach.
  • Buttermilk—Take lot of buttermilk but be sure it is not sour. Remove its sour contents and dilute it with twice quantity of water but it should not be refrigerated. Take 1 glass of buttermilk with pinch of black pepper or cumin seeds and drink it at regular intervals 4-5 times a day.
  • Coconut water—Take tender coconut water with jaggery or with coriander powder 2-3 times a day.
  • Cucumber—Cucumber relieves burning sensation during urination and also brings down body heat. To 1 cup of cucumber juice, add 1 tsp of honey and lemon juice and take 1-2 times a day.
  • Radish—Take radish juice 1-2 times a day.
  • Carrot Juice—Taking carrot juice everyday helps in building immunity and also improves metabolism. It also maintains normal pH of urine thus reduces burning sensation. Take carrot juice 2 times a day.

Things to be Avoided

  • Avoid intake of hot, oily, spicy, sour, salty and bitter foods as these foods increase acidity and can make urine more acidic.
  • They increase Pitta and Vata which are the chief causes for Mutrakrichra.

Things to be Taken

  • Increase the intake of Pitta pacifying herbs like—coriander, red sandalwood, licorice root etc.
  • Increase the intake of liquids in the form of water, juices, coconut water. Avoid working in the sun or in hot atmosphere such as near furnaces

Top 10 Most effective herbs to cure Endometriosis

Painful periods or pain after periods and finding difficulty to get pregnant are the signs of endometriosis.

Endometriosis occurs when tissue grows outside of uterus which usually grows inside uterus. This painful disorder involves ovaries, fallopian tubes and tissue lining of pelvis. In the rare cases, endometrial tissue may also spread beyond pelvic organs. Painful periods, pain during intercourse, excessive bleeding, infertility and nausea, vomiting, fatigue during the menstrual cycles are symptoms associated with endometriosis.

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Herbs in Ayurveda are very fruitful to resolve the various female health complications. For problem of endometriosis, herbs help to manage the symptoms of endometriosis up to a very good extent. These herbs help to balance the vata dosha which is main cause of this disorder according to Ayurveda.

Here we are listing top 10 most effective herbs to cure Endometriosis

1. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

In Ayurveda, this herb is called as the Ghrit kumari. For the treatment of endometriosis, use of this herb is known to be quite good as it helps in the rejuvenation of endometrial lining. This herb is packed with anthraquinone complex that helps in the reduction of inflammation caused by bleeding. Besides of this, it is a great source of vitamins like A, B-complex vitamins, C, E and folic acid. All these offer the good female health benefits. Being packed with anti-tumor, cooling properties, this herb helps to decrease the inflammation.

2. Haridra (Curcumin longa)

Haridra is commonly called as the Haldi and turmeric. In Ayurveda, this herb has the great medicinal importance to heal the various ailments. Curcumin, bioactive compound present in this herb is packed with anti-inflammatory properties. Anti-inflammatory action of this herb helps to provide the relief from various symptoms like pelvic pain, lower abdomen pain, lower back pain etc.

3. Shallaki (Boswellia serrata)

In the Ayurveda, it is considered as an effective herb to reduce the pain since ages. Use of this herb is known to be quite good in the problem of endometriosis. This herb contains the anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-carcinogenic properties. This herb is quite effective to alleviate the pain and various other symptoms in endometriosis.

4. Ashok (Saraca indica)

This is another beneficial herb to cure endometriosis. Ashoka means without sorrow hence name of this herb has the deep sense itself. Medicinal properties of bark of this tree are quite beneficial in regulating the female menstrual cycles by balancing the hormonal irregularities in women.

It also helps to resolve various problems like irregular menses, premenstrual tension and pain in pelvic region due to periods. This herb contains the phytochemical compounds like flavonoids, saponins, and glycosides. They are packed with the anti-tumor, uterotonic, anti-tumor, oxytocic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Bark of this herb serves as wonderful soothing and demulcent agent that helps to provide the relief in the problems like painful periods, heavy clots, inflamed lymph nodes and amenorrhea.

5. Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa)

It also helps to reduce the pain in pelvic area, lowers abdomen and back pain. It also helps to provide relief in other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, weakness and nausea.

6. Shatavari (Asparagus recemosus)

It’s being packed with Isoflavones, Asparagamine, Polysaccharides, mucilage and rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, Phosphorus, Calcium, Iron and folic acid. All these minerals and vitamins help to manage various gynecological problems in females. It is quite effective to manage the menstrual irregularities in women like heavy blood flow and amenorrhea.

7. Anantmool (Hemidesmus indicus)

It is another effective herb to manage the problem of endometriosis. It controls the bleeding and maintains a proper flow during menstrual cycle.

8. Vasa (Adhatoda vasica)

Being packed with the anti-inflammatory properties, vasa helps to alleviate the pain in endometriosis. This herb also offers the good health benefits for women who conceive and carry pregnancy. Besides of this, anti-oxidant action of this herb helps in healing of endometrial lining.

9. Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica)

Calmative action of this helps to balance the pitta dosha which is main casus of endometriosis. Dalchini is also an effective herb to manage the symptoms associated with this disorder like painful periods, excessive bleeding etc.

10. Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

This herb has the great medicine importance in Ayurveda. Anti-inflammatory action of this herb helps to provide relief in painful menstruation. This herb possesses the calmative properties that helps to balance the pitta dosha which is main casus of endometriosis according to Ayurveda.

All the above mentioned herbs are used in the Planet Ayurveda’s endometriosis care pack.

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  1. BOSWELLIA CURCUMIN
  2. FEMALE HEALTH SUPPORT
  3. ALOE VITALS
  4. PRADARANTAKA CHURNA