Your urinary system, also known as the renal system, consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra
We need this system to function properly in order to have good health!
From removing waste from your blood to balancing minerals, salts and electrolytes, the urinary system manages a lot of our bodily functions.
A poor diet, along with adverse lifestyle habits, are the main factors leading to many urinary disorders. However, there are also congenital causes.
The most common urinary disorders are dysuria (difficult or painful urination), renal calculi (kidney stones) enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and diabetes (type I and II).
Symptoms of decreased mutra (urine) include painful micturition, urinary stones, discoloration of urine, excessive thirst and dryness of mouth. This is caused by depletion or dehydration from too many vata and/or pitta depleting foods or activities.
Symptoms of increased mutra (urine) include increased frequency and quantity, cloudy urine and body odor. This is caused by too many kapha increasing foods and habits.
What is Prameha?
Prameha is described as the frequent urge to pass urine, with either scanty or copious amounts of urine and may be turbid or cloudy in color. There are two types of Prameha: Sahaja indicates genetic predisposition and Doshaja results from vitiation of the doshas.
Ayurveda Identifies the Root Causes of Prameha
Ayurveda identifies kapha aggravating foods and lifestyle habits which cause the dosa to vitiate. Depending on each person’s constitution, age, climate and lifestyle habits, pitta and vata may also become vitiated.
The aggravated kapha easily mixes with the fat, muscle and lymph systems as they have the same qualities as kapha. This is especially true if the person is obese and has a sedentary lifestyle. As kapha itself is vitiated, it first vitiates medas dhatu (fat) then mamsa dhatu (muscle) and then kleda (lymph), so much so the liquid exceeds its quantity and is unstable.
The excess liquid in the dhatus transforms into excess mutra (urine). The vrikka (kidneys) and basti (bladder) are at the two ends of the mutra vaha srotas (urinary channel) carrying urine. The opening of these channels is affected by meda (fat) and kleda, the innate qualities of kapha obstruct the openings.
According to Caraka Nidana Sthana 4, Prameha manifests from the following habits:
- Excessive eating and drinking
- Buttermilk, yogurt or excess dairy products
- Meat from domesticated, marshy or aquatic animals (living in or near water)
- Newly harvested grains and legumes (not properly aged)
- Excessive Kapha increasing foods that are old, oily or sweet
- Excessive sleep, sedentary lifestyle or laziness
Prameha is classified two ways. Those who are obese and strong should be given elimination therapy and those who are emaciated and weak should be given nourishing therapy.
Ayurveda recognizes ten types of kaphaja disorders considered curable because kapha dosa has the same qualities as fat, muscle, and lymph which makes it easier to treat. There are six types of pittaja disorders considered palliable or not fully curable due to the contradiction in doshic qualities. There are four types of vataja disorders considered incurable due to the extreme contradiction of doshic qualities.
With twenty different types of Prameha it is recommend to consult with an Ayurvedic Doctor to fully understand the Ayurvedic perspective and to offer you the best results from a treatment plan.
Some Products For Urinary Disorders
- Chandraprabha Vatika is useful for diabetes mellitus, genito-urinary tract infections, dysuria, kidney stone, prostatitis, enlarged prostate, and emaciation.
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- Dasamulaharitaki Leham helps support generalized edema, genito-urinary diseases, splenomegaly, ascitis and high blood pressure.
Shatavarigulam is useful in all urinary disorders, dysuria, painful micturition.
- Kalyana Ksharam useful for kidney stone, easing abdominal pain, intestinal obstruction, and dysmenorrhea.
- Pravala Bhasmam Capsule useful for urinary tract infection, uterine bleeding, respiratory infection and leucorrhea.
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