Dysuria (Moothra Krichra)
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Introduction

 

What is Dysuria

Moothra krichra or dysuria is a painful condition that can occur in both men and in women. Statistically, it has been found that women suffer from the condition more than men. Even so, older men are more prone to get dysuria than younger men. It is observed that an alarmingly large number of women, i.e. 30%, can suffer from dysuria at least once in their lifetimes, while a fifth of all these women will have the complaint of dysuria recurrently, in which case it is treated as a chronic condition.

   

Definition of Dysuria (Moothra Krichra)

 

What is Dysuria

Dysuria is defined as the condition in which pain is felt during urination. The common reasons why it occurs is due to a bacterial infection of the urinary tract, or due to sexually transmitted diseases.

Medically, dysuria is not treated as a disease in itself. It is actually a symptom of some other underlying disease, which will most probably be sexual in origin. Hence, there is no uniform method for treatment in patients of dysuria. The treatment is done according to the symptoms. Diagnosis of the dysuria is often done very meticulously because the correct cause must be ascertained.

From an Ayurvedic point of view, the kapha dosha is the humor that brings about a balance between the earth and the water elements. This represents the equilibrium between the inner constituents of the body (water) and the outer environment (earth). Vitiation in the kapha dosha leads to the onset of dysuria in both men and women. Hence, dysuria is a kapha dosha disorder.

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Types of Dysuria (Moothra Krichra)

Dysuria is not a disease, but it is a symptom of some underlying disease. The following are the common inflammations, sexually transmitted diseases and urinary tract infections that can be a reason for dysuria:-

Inflammations in Women

Vaginitis

Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina. It can be caused due to an allergic reaction such as using strong soaps on the vagina, or by using a spermaticide or douche. Vaginitis can also be caused is the amount estrogen is reduced in the body of the person due to some reasons. Poor hygiene can be a cause of vaginitis also, such as keeping the vagina unclean and forgetting to remove the tampon.

Vulvitis

Vulvitis is the inflammation of the female genital organs, which can include the vulva, the labia and the clitoris. Yeast infection is one of the common ways in which the vulva can be infected.

Inflammations in Men

Prostatitis

Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate gland which is found in men. In this condition, the prostate gland swells and exerts pressure on the urinary bladder. During prostatitis, the pain during urination is felt at the base. The pain is gradual and persists after the urination is done.

Urethritis

Urethritis is the inflammation of the urethral opening in men. This pain is felt at the opening of the urethra and is felt immediately when the person urinates. Generally this pain subsides when the urination is done.

Epididymitis

Epididymitis is the inflammation of the epididymis, which is the duct in which the sperm is stored in the testis.

Common Sexual Diseases

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is found in both men and women. Chlamydia causes urethral inflammation and this causes the painful micturation.

Gonorrhea

Like Chlamydia, gonorrhea is also a bacterial infection, and it has similar symptoms. Pain is due to a urethral inflammation.

Urinary Tract Infections

Cystitis

Cystitis is an inflammation of the urinary bladder and is observed in both men and women. This inflammation can be observed in both men and women. Cystitis occurs when bacteria enter into the bladder via the urethral opening. This causes frequent urination, with pain during the expulsion of urine.

Pyelonephritis

Pyelonephritis is the inflammation of the kidneys. This leads to repeated urge of urination. The urine is foul-smelling and is accompanied by a burning sensation at the urethra.

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Causes of Dysuria (Moothra Krichra)

There are several causes of dysuria in both men and women. Dysuria can occur due to an inflammation or sexually transmitted disease. The above table gives a precise list of the various causes of painful micturation, i.e. dysuria.

Apart from the above obvious conditions, dysuria can also be caused due to some other reasons, which are mentioned below:-

  • Cancer of the bladder or the urethra
  • Some obstruction in the urinary tract that may lead to a urinary tract inflammation
  • Kidney or bladder stones, i.e. calculi
  • Physical activities that strain the bladder or the urethra such as cycling and horse-riding
  • Vigorous sex that may injure the urethra
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Symptoms of Dysuria (Moothra Krichra)

The symptoms of dysuria are given below. They are standardized for gender:-

  • There is difficulty in beginning the flow of urination. The initial flow is broken or just in drops. In some cases, steady flow of urine is never obtained.
  • The pain begins immediately as the urine passes through the urethra. Depending on the cause of the dysuria, the pain can be felt at the tip of the urethra, or the prostate or the bladder.
  • There is always a burning sensation when the urine passes out.
  • Urination is frequent, but the volume of urine voided each time is less than that of a normal person.
  • The color of the urine is dark and it is often foul-smelling.
  • There may be blood expelled with the urine.
  • People with dysuria find sexual intercourse quite painful.

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People who are at Risk of Dysuria (Moothra Krichra)

Dysuria can affect almost anybody. The people who are at a higher risk than others are:-

  • Women are at a much higher risk of developing dysuria than men are.
  • Among males, older men (above the age of 60 years) are found to be at a much higher risk. Dysuria in older men is due to inflammations of the urinary tract, which includes the bladder and the kidneys.
  • Dysuria is also very common among the sexually active younger generation. Especially people who practice unsafe sex with multiple partners are more vulnerable. Such people have much higher chances of contracting gonorrhea and Chlamydia, which can cause painful micturation.
  • Smokers are at a higher risk than nonsmokers.

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Complications of Dysuria (Moothra Krichra)

Since dysuria is only an external symptom of a more serious inner ailment, it can complicate itself in a number of ways. The issue becomes very serious when the dysuria is not healing despite treatment, and when there is blood expelled with the urine. This could be indicative of a cancer of the urinary tract. Any issue of painful urination must not be neglected. It should be immediately brought to the notice of a qualified doctor and treatment should be obtained.

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Prevention of Dysuria (Moothra Krichra)

Observing the risk factors of dysuria gives an indication of what one can do to prevent the onset of the condition. The following are some guidelines to prevent moothra krichra in both men and women:-

Ensure personal genital hygiene at all times. Women must clean their vagina after urination; the cleaning must be done from back to front to avoid the microbes from the anal area from entering into the vagina.

Uncircumcised men must pull the foreskin and clean the deposit at the tip of the urethra after urination.

Tampons and sanitary pads must be regularly changed.

While bathing, the genitals must be washed with a mild soap (which is not allergic to the skin). For women, bathing in a tub or a douche is better than a shower bath.

Practice safe sex. Precautions must be taken to ensure that venereal diseases are not transmitted from one partner to another.

Care must be taken so as not to injure the genitals during sexual intercourse. If there is any doubt about the cleanliness of the partner, then condoms must be used.

Smoking must be avoided.

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Diet for People with Dysuria (Moothra Krichra)

Diet plays an important role in obtaining relief for people with moothra krichra. The following tips must be followed:-

  • Water must be a prime component of the daily diet. Drink nearly eight to ten glasses of water a day. This helps in more voluminous flow of urine and reduces the pain as the flow becomes more regulated. However, water should not be drunk around bedtime.
  • Oily and spicy foods must be avoided as they take longer time to digest. At least such foods must not be had at the dinnertime.

Some foods that can reduce dysuria in men and women are:-

  • Kanji , i.e. the water in which rice in cooked
  • Wheat and barley
  • Cardamom
  • Meat soup

Foods that are contra-indications for dysuria are:-

  • Asafetida
  • Excess of ginger and salts
  • Too much hot, spicy and oily food
  • Chilies
  • Alcohol

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Ayurvedic Treatment of Dysuria (Moothra Krichra)

Dysuria is a condition that Ayurveda has been studying minutely since ancient ages. Due to this, there are some very beneficial herbs that Ayurveda has found out having properties of treating the condition. The following is a list of some of the most effective herbs used in the treatment of dysuria with their actions on the human body:-

Ayurvedic Name of the Herb

Biological Name of the Herb

Common English Name of the Herb

Topical Action

Chandana

Santanum album

Sandalwood

The powder of chandana mixed with milk and had on a regular basis is a valuable treatment for cystitis and other urinary inflammations. The effectiveness of chandana can be increased by the addition of fennel water or a piece of ginger in the infusion.

Kateli, Kantakari

Solanum xanthocarpum

Indian Solanum, Yellow-berried Nightshade

Kantakari is a diuretic, i.e. it helps in the easy flow of the urine through the excretory system. It is also used as a cure for gonorrhea and urinary stones.

Kulfa

Portulaca oleracea

Common Purslane, Pigweed, Little Hogweed

Kulfa is a very effective herb used in the treatment of urinary tract infections. It is common to both Indian as well as Greek traditions. Its leaves infused in water and taken twice a day can take care of the scanty urination caused due to excessive sweating. Regular use of purslane can provide immense relief from the burning sensation during micturation.

The following Ayurvedic preparations are highly beneficial in treating dysuria problems:-

Type of Preparation

Name of Preparation

Asava/Arishta

Sarivasava, Useerasava, Punarnavasava, Palashpushpasava, Dashamula Arishta,

Bhasma/Kashaya

Dashamula Kashaya, Veeratharadi Kashaya, Vanga Bhasma, Naga Bhasma

Choorna

Gokshuradi Choorna, Punarna Vastaka Choorna

Ghrita

Traikantha Ghritam, Gokshuradi Ghritam

Lehya

Shatavari Gula

Rasa

Chandrakala Rasa

Vati

Gokshuradi Guggulu, Chandraprabha Vati, Dhanvantari, Kasturadi

It must be borne in mind that while taking any Ayurvedic preparation, the doctor must be consulted first. Most of the herbs do not have any side-effects (and are indeed a regular part of the diet), but some people may be allergic to certain herbs and may show adverse reactions.

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...this article really helps me that much,..thank u,,.hope more of dysuria medicine should be posted here when i read this article again...thank u so much!..
#1 - gwynethe - 02/05/2008 - 01:19
had lots of questions, newly acquired
dysuria, my search for food diet was
somehow surprising..must check with
my Dr. first, i am also a DIABETIC...
THANKS FOR BEING THERE...
#2 - #2 loretta - 07/27/2010 - 16:06
Very informative never thought any thing else other than antibiotics could be used for treating dysuria.
#3 - Roger - 12/04/2010 - 06:04
Hi I suffer from dysuria and I have been prescribed minipress which is used for blood pressure. It helps relax your insides so it's not so painful when you urinate. Ask your doctor.
#4 - Manel - 11/16/2011 - 06:30
My five year old daughter was diagnosed in late november and the urincologist cant see her until june 13, and i have to put pads on her because of bloody underwear, but the doctors said theres no blood in her urine? they say that shes healthy and there are no signs of [@]ual abuse, i dont know what to do cuz it hurts when she pees still and the doc wont give her any antibiotics anymore
#5 - Barbara - 03/05/2012 - 21:12
a self explainatory article with wise advice
#6 - vijay - 03/26/2012 - 03:45
a lots of knowledege for dysuria.thnx for article
#7 - subhas - 06/02/2012 - 13:26
a very good article
#8 - vijay - 06/09/2012 - 09:50
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