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The urinary system includes two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder, sphincter muscles and the urethra. Adults eliminate about 1.5 liters of urine each day, depending on the amount of fluid consumed.
Kidney Stones are small, hard deposits that form inside your kidneys. Kidney stone may not cause symptoms until it moves around within your kidney or passes into the tube connecting the kidney and bladder. When it moves, it causes, severe waves of pain in the side and back, lower abdomen and groin, frequent urge to urinate, pink, red, cloudy or brown urine also associated with fever. Urinary tract infection, low intake of fluids, high protein diet, high uric acid levels, hereditary factors, high doses of Vitamin D, certain diets increase the risk of kidney stone formation.
- Favor: Drink water throughout the day, barley, horse gram, old rice, ginger
- Reduce: Sour & salty, meats, calcium supplements, rhubarbs, beetroot, okra, spinach, sweet potatoes, Nuts, tea, chocolate, soy products
Urinary Tract Infection
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)