Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra. Persistent urge to urinate, burning sensation, frequent small amounts of urine, red, pink, cloudy urine, strong smelly urine, pain, fever are common symptoms. Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria from alimentary tract enter the urinary tract through the urethra. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men are. Though most of the UTIs respond to antibiotics several people experience Frequent UTIs, wherein Ayurveda medicines can be of help.
•Favor: Drink plenty of water, barley, gokshura, cucumber, coconut water
•Avoid: coffee, alcohol, citrus juice
Prostate enlargement or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH): More than half of men in their sixties exhibit some symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy, an enlargement of the prostate gland. Prostate gland enlargement symptoms include, weak urine stream, difficulty starting urination, dribbling at the end of urination, frequent urination, straining while urinating, blood in the urine, urinary tract infection etc. Having an enlarged prostate doesn’t reduce or increase the risk of prostate cancer; you still need to continue regular prostate exams. Men with a total PSA level greater than 10ng/ml might be at an increased risk for prostate cancer.
Useful herbs are: Boerhavia diffusa (spreading hogweed), Tribulus terrestris (small caltrop), Commiphora mukul, Shilajit (Black Bitumen), Solanam indicum (Indian Nightshade), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Kanchanara (Bauhinia variegate)