Chronic Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Urinary Tract Infections, or UTIs, are usually caused by the E. Coli strain of bacteria moving from the rectum and into the urethra. From the urethra, infections may also spread to the bladder or kidneys. Women are more susceptible to the condition than men, as for women, the urethra is shorter and is located closer to the rectum. Chronic Urinary Tract Infection is the name given to a urinary tract infection which either recurs despite the use of medications, or does not respond to medications at all. At Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in Bondi Junction, we are passionate about treating conditions such as a urinary tract infection with an holistic, natural approach In this article, we will discuss the signs and symptoms of chronic UTI and describe Ayurveda’s role in managing the condition.
Signs & Symptoms
Symptoms of urinary tract infections may include:
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Frequent need to urinate
- Blood in urine
- Feeling as if the bladder is still full after urination
- Pain in bladder or pubic bone
When the kidneys are affected, you may experience:
- Back and/or lower abdominal pain
What can Ayurveda do?
Ayurvedic medicine dictates that UTIs are caused by an imbalance of the pitta dosha. Therefore, a good starting point for managing UTIs is to avoid activities which aggravate the pitta dosha. These may include:
- Eating too much hot, sour or spicy food
- Excessive exposure to heat or sunlight
- Not drinking enough water
- Working with chemicals or fire
- Consuming alcohol
- Retaining urine in the bladder and suppressing the need to urinate.
Therefore, try to consume more water during the day and avoid alcohol. As the winter season is upon us, traditional Ayurvedic tea will help to calm and warm the body whilst ensuring that the pitta dosha is not aggravated by a lack of water. Further, integrating astringent and sweet foods into your diet in order to balance out those hot, spicy and sour foods may also help to calm the pitta dosha and alleviate the pain of having a UTI. Ayurveda treats illnesses using natural methods, and UTIs are no exception. There are many traditional herbal medicines which may be prescribed in order to manage UTIs, including Tinospora, Ashwagandha and Gokshura. As Ayurveda is customised to each individual’s unique body type, however, it is essential to consult one of our Ayurvedic practitioners rather than attempting to self-medicate. This way, you’ll be advised of the most effective prescription for your specific needs.
For more information about our treatments or to book a consultation with one of our specialist doctors, please call us on (02) 9389 2581 or try Ayurveda in Sydney at our Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in Bondi Junction!