Category: Kidney Health

Natural Treatment for(UTI)Urinary Tract Infection

Introduction

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) is also known as Fearnes syndrome. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), is the second most common type of infection occurring in the body and now- a-days, it is affecting millions of people each year. It involves infection of the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra. Women are more prone to urinary tract infections as compared to men.

Normally, urine is free of microbes but contains fluids, salts and waste products. The main cause of infections in 90% of the uncomplicated infections is the infection by E.coli bacteria. An infection occurs at the opening of urethra.

Natural Treatment for Urinary Tract Infection

Infections

  • Abnormalities of the urinary tract that hinder the flow of urine set the stage for an infection.
  • This infection is the second most common reason for the prescriptionof empirical antibiotics and is a major driver of antibiotic usage and antibiotic resistance.
  • Other conditions such as diabetes, bowel incontinence, reduced intake of fluids, pregnancy, immobility, kidney stones also contribute to urinary tract infection.

What are The Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection?

Symptoms of lower Urinary Tract Infection are:

  • Inflamed and irritated lining of the urethra
  • Pain or burning during sensation (dysuria)
  • Cloudy urine
  • Sensation of having to urinate urgently
  • Incomplete voiding

Symptoms of Upper Urinary Tract Infection (Pyelonephritis):

  • High fever
  • Shaking chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain in the back or side, usually on only one side at waist level

Causes of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) According to Ayurveda

  • According to Ayurveda, UTI is caused due to the imbalance of Pitta dosha. Pitta in Ayurveda symbolises heat or fire. This aggravated Pitta produces heating toxins in the body. These toxins accumulate in the urinary channels and create an imbalance in the infection fighting properties of the urinary system which may lead to the bacterial growth in the system leading to bacterial growth in the system.

Major Factors That Aggravate the Pitta dosha and Contribute the UTIs are:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Suppressing the urge to urinate
  • Habitually retaining urine for longer duration.
  • Emotions such as anger, jealousy.
  • Environmental factors such as fire, chemicals or toxic fumes
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Not maintaining personal hygiene.

Moreover, due to intake of hot, oily, spicy, sour, salty and bitter foods aggravate the condition.

There are many chemical drugs like antibiotics that work on the bacteria but these do not work on the root cause and as a result, infection often recurs. According to Ayurveda, these antibiotics further increase Pitta dosha in the body.

On the other hand, Ayurvedic natural remedies help in increasing theimmunity as well as pacify the Pitta dosha in the body and thereby give long-term relief to the patient.

Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections by Planet Ayurveda

  • Although modern treatment prescribes antibiotics for the treatment of UTIs, these infections can be easily treated with herbal remedies without causing any side effects.
  • Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal remedies for the treatment of Urinary Tract Infections.

These remedies are of 2 types:

  • Urinary anti-septic
  • Anti-adhesion herbs

Herbal Remedies for UTI

Planet Ayurveda Offers UTI Care Pack which Includes:

  •  Punarnava Capsules
  • Mutrakrichantak Churna
  • Varunadi Vati

Punarnava Capsules:

  • Punarnava Capsules are prepared from the herbal extract Boerhavia diffusa. These capsules are very helpful in the treatment of inflammation and also promote the health of urinary tract and also help in maintaining efficient kidney function.
  • These capsules possess diuretic properties and support the body’s ability to remove fluids.
  • It helps in maintaining normal kidney functions and maintains the health of urinary tract.
  • It possesses bitter, cooling and astringent properties and helps in balancing all the three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
  • It is used in urinary bladder infections as well as in systemic edema.

Dose: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

Mutrakrichantak Churna:

  • Nature has given us various powerful herbs which are very effective for the urinary tract infections.
  • Mutrakrichantak Chruna by Planet Ayurveda is a blend of these natural herbs which can cure the infection without causing any side effects as it is a safe and effective combination of herbs used in Ayurveda since 5000 B.C. for various urinary complaints like urinary infections, kidney stones, high urea and creatinine levels, painful micturition.
  • It acts as a diuretic and considered as one of the best herbal remedies for all urinary tract infections.

Ingredients of Mutrakrichantak Churna

Sr. No.

Botanical Name Common Name Parts Quantity
1. Crateva nurvula Varun Roots 30 gm
2. Boerhavia diffusa Punarnava Roots 30 gm
3. Tribulus terrestris Gokshur Whole 30 gm
4. Chicorium intybus Kaasni Leaves 30 gm
5. Phyllanthus niruri Bhumi amla Whole 20 gm
6. Albizzia lebbok Shirish Bark 20 gm
7. Moringa oleifera Shigru Bark 20 gm
8. Achyranthes aspera Apamarg Fruits/Seeds 10 gm

Dose: 1-2 teaspoonful twice daily.

Varunadi Vati:

  • Varunadi Vati is an Ayurvedic herbal product prepared from the herb Crataeva nurvula.
  • This tablet helps in reducing the chances of kidney stones and urinary tract infection.
  • It also helps in reducing the toxins accumulated due to insufficient kidneys.
  • This tablet helps in curing the urinary tract infections in a natural way without causing any side effects.
  • It is useful in dysuria and urinary retention. It balances all the three doshas in the body.

Dose: 2 tablets twice daily.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Urinary Tract Infection

Diet in Urinary Tract Infections

  • Increase the intake of water. Drink at least 8-10 glasses every day as water helps in flushing out the toxins from the body.
  • Take cranberry juice regularly as it helps in flushing the bacteria from the urinary tract.
  • Drink pomegranate juice regularly as it is considered as an excellent purifying drink and also reduces proliferation of bacteria.
  • Include Pitta pacifying herbs in the diet such as red sandalwood, licorice extract, green cardamom in the diet.
  • The foods such as alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages, processed and refined foods, refined sugars should be avoided as these foods have an adverse effect on the bladder.
  • Take coconut water regularly in the diet as it is an excellent pitta pacifier.
  • Avoid working in the sun or in a hot atmosphere.
  • Take cold water bath 2-3 times a day with ½ teaspoon of powdered red sandalwood added.

Azotemia Treatment with Ayurveda – Types, Symptoms, Causes & Diagnosis

Do You Know About Azotemia?

With growth of population the type and number of diseases are also increasing. One of them is Azotemia that is related to kidneys. It is a condition when kidneys are damaged and not working properly. The kidneys are important organ of our body that filters waste products out of blood. When kidneys got damage they are not able to remove waste products from blood. This disease is related to dysfunctional filtering of blood by kidneys when they are not able to remove nitrogen waste.

What are Types of Azotemia?

There are three types of azotemia mentioned below :-

1. Prerenal Azotemia

It occurs when fluid is not flowing enough through kidneys. When blood pressure to kidney is low, it causes high level of serum creatinine and urea. Prerenal type of azotemia is a most common and can be reversed.

2. Primary Renal Azotemia

It is an intrinsic disease that causes parenchymal kidney damage and leads to uremia. This type of azotemia causes kidney failure, acute tubular necrosis, glomerulonephritis or any kind of kidney disease.

3. Postrenal Azotemia

This condition causes blockage of urine flow in kidneys. The Postrenal azotemia is caused by congenital abnormalities like blockage of ureters by kidney stones, vesicoureteral reflux, uterus cancer andprostatic hyperplasia.

Sometimes, there is increased urine flow that can lead to hydronephrosis.

What are the Causes as per Three Types of Azotemia?

1. Prerenal Azotemia

The causes for reduced flow to kidneys are mentioned below :-

  • Hemorrhage
  • Dehydration
  • Burns
  • Diarrhea
  • Heat exposure
  • Long-term vomiting
  • Heart failure
  • Shock
  • Blockage of artery that supplies kidney with blood.

2. Primary Renal Azotemia

The different causes of primary renal azotemia are :-

  • Infection: Kidney infection causes damage to tubules with kidney that filter blood.
  • Vascular Disease: It causes blockage and damage to tissues present in blood vessels.
  • Medication: This type of azotemia may be caused due to nephrotoxins like cocaine, cyclosporine, antibiotics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

3. Postrenal Azotemia

The common causes of blockage in tubes is due to:

  • Urinary catheter
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Urinary crystals
  • Tumor

Signs And Symptoms of Azotemia

Azotemia-Treatment with-Ayurveda

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased alertness
  • Confusion
  • Pale skin
  • Decreased or absent urine output
  • Thirst
  • Edema
  • Swelling
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dry mouth
  • Uremic frost
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Loss of energy

What are Risk Factors for Azotemia?

There are several risk factors responsible for azotemia that includes :-

  • Heart failure
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Renal insufficiency
  • Advanced age
  • Prolonged use of nephrotoxic drug

How is Azotemia Diagnosed?

For diagnosis of azotemia blood tests and urinalysis are done to monitor the functioning of kidneys. These tests include blood urea nitrogen (BUN) test, 24 hour urine collection test or creatinine test.

How is Azotemia Treated?

Ayurvedic treatment is a best way to cure Azotemia. As per Ayurveda, all three energies (vata, pitta and kapha) are imbalanced in azotemia. Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal remedies for Azotemia that provides effective results on symptoms associated with this disease.

Products description

1. Chandanadi Vati

This vati is used to balance pitta and kapha dosha in the body. Chandanadi vati is an effective remedy for curing dysuria, urinary infections, diabetes, in burning micturition, nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and its associated symptoms. It maintains metabolism, blood circulation and healthy digestion. The ingredients used for preparation of this vati are Safed Chandan(Santalum album), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Kapur (Cinnamomum camphora), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) Choti Elaichi(Elettaria cardamomum) and Pasahnbhed(Bergenia ligulata) etc.

1. Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis)

It is commonly known as Amla or Indian gooseberry. This herb is richest source of Vitamin C. The herb has various health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant and immune-modulatory properties.

2. Kapur (Cinnamomum Camphora)

The herb acts as coolant in nature and balance kapha dosha in the body. It is a very useful in relieving burning sensation and symptoms associated with azotemia.

3. Safed Chandan (Santalum Album)

This herb is commonly known sandalwood. It acts as coolant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant andanalgesic. The herb treats burning sensation, itching, bladder inflammation, swelling, urethritis and other symptoms associated with azotemia. Safed chandan balance pitta dosha in body and show various therapeutic values.The main benefits of this vati are in haematuria, cystitis, kidney stones and dysuria.

Recommended Dosage:Two tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.

2. Chanderprabha Vati

Chanderprabha Vati is an Ayurvedic formulation used from ancient time for its therapeutic values. It helps to balance all three energies (vata, pitta and kapha) doshas in body. The formulation is used to treat urinary tract infections and other problems related to kidney diseases. Ingredients used for preparation of these tablets are Shilajit (Asphaltum), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Mustak (Cyprus rotundus), Haridra (Curcuma longa) and Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) etc.

This vati shows calming effect on whole body.It is very beneficial for weakness, excessive urination, Burning urination, renal calculi and retention of urine.

Recommended Dosage:Two to three tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. Nephralka Capsules

Nephralka Capsules give effective results in the kidney problems. The herbs used for preparation of these capsule are Bhumi-amla (Phyllanthus niruri), Mooli satva (Raphanus sativus), Revandchini (Rheum emodi), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata) and Punarnava (Boerrhavia diffusa).

1. Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus Niruri)

This herb pacifies pitta and kapha dosha in the body. It helps to manage all the problems related to kidneys.

2. Punarnava (Boerrhavia Diffusa)

The herb acts as diuretic and manages painful micturition. It is a natural cleanser that remove toxins from body and manage symptoms associated with azotemia.

3. Kalmegh (Andrographis Paniculata)

This is a most common herb that increases blood cells count, boost-up immunity, manages digestive system and balances excess fluid absorption.

4. Revandchini (Rheum Emodi)

The herb consists considerable amount of minerals, vitamins, fiber, carbohydrates and fats etc. It is beneficial in removing toxins, waste products from kidneys and deals with associated symptoms of Azotemia.

5. Mooli satva (Raphanus Sativus)

This herb is full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that rejuvenate immune system.

Recommended Dosage:One to two capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

4. Punarnava Capsules

Pure extract of herb Punarnava “Boerhavia diffusa” is used for preparation of Punarnava Capsules. The capsule acts as an excellent kidney tonic. Herb used possesses anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diuretic, antioxidant and carminative properties. It helps to balance kapha dosha in body. These capsules are helpful in kidney stones, swelling, fatigue, edema, acute kidney injury and decreased urine output conditions. The capsules show effective results in symptoms and problems associated with azotemia.

Recommended Dosage:One to two capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.