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Ayurvedic Management of Cystitis


Cystitis is a common urinary tract infection (UTI) that primarily affects the bladder. It is characterized by inflammation of the bladder lining, leading to symptoms such as frequent urination, pain, and discomfort. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, offers a holistic approach to managing cystitis by addressing the underlying imbalances and promoting urinary tract health naturally.

What is Cystitis?

Cystitis refers to inflammation of the bladder, often caused by a bacterial infection. It is more common in women than men due to the shorter urethra, which allows bacteria to reach the bladder more easily. Cystitis can lead to symptoms such as increased frequency and urgency of urination, burning or pain during urination, and lower abdominal discomfort.

Ayurvedic View of Cystitis:

In Ayurveda, cystitis is primarily viewed as an imbalance in the Pitta dosha. Pitta represents the fire element and is responsible for digestion, metabolism, and maintaining the health of the urinary tract. Imbalanced Pitta can lead to excessive heat and inflammation in the bladder, making it susceptible to infections. Other factors such as impaired digestion, weak immunity, and lifestyle choices can also contribute to the development of cystitis.

Causes of Cystitis:

  1. Bacterial infection, most commonly Escherichia coli (E. coli).
  2. Poor personal hygiene.
  3. Holding urine for extended periods.
  4. Sexual intercourse, which can introduce bacteria into the urinary tract.
  5. Use of irritating feminine hygiene products or contraceptives.
  6. Menopause, as hormonal changes can affect the urinary tract health.
  7. Kidney stones or urinary tract abnormalities.

Symptoms of Cystitis:

  1. Frequent urge to urinate.
  2. Burning or pain during urination (dysuria).
  3. Lower abdominal pain or discomfort.
  4. Cloudy or strong-smelling urine.
  5. Blood in the urine (hematuria).
  6. Mild fever in some cases.

Ayurvedic Treatment Approach for Cystitis:

Panchakarma Therapy:

  • Virechana (Therapeutic purgation): Detoxifies the body, balances Pitta dosha, and eliminates toxins.
  • Basti (Enema therapy): Administered with medicated oils to pacify Pitta, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

Herbal Remedies:

  • Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris): Promotes urinary tract health, reduces inflammation, and has diuretic properties.
  • Chandan (Sandalwood): Possesses cooling and anti-inflammatory properties, providing relief from burning sensation and discomfort.
  • Coriander seeds: Boiling coriander seeds in water and consuming the decoction can help soothe the bladder and reduce inflammation.
  • Varuna (Crataeva nurvala): Supports urinary tract health, reduces inflammation, and aids in the prevention of urinary infections.

Lifestyle and Dietary Recommendations:

  1. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and herbal teas to flush out toxins.
  2. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and spicy, sour, and processed foods that can aggravate Pitta dosha.
  3. Maintain good personal hygiene, including regular bathing and wearing clean, breathable underwear.
  4. Urinate frequently and avoid holding urine for long periods.
  5. Practice stress management techniques like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises.

Home Remedies for Cystitis:

  1. Drink a glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of pure cranberry juice to help prevent bacterial adhesion in the urinary tract.
  2. Take a warm sitz bath by sitting in a tub of warm water mixed with a few drops of essential oils like lavender or tea tree oil. This can provide relief from pain and inflammation.

Note: It is advisable to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan for cystitis based on your specific condition.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice.

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari
Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari


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