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Cystitis

Urinary tract infections involve difficult, frequent, or burning urination, sometimes with pain, bleeding, or pus in the urine. Urinary tract infection can be limited to the urethra, prostate, or urinary bladder. In such cases, the features of systemic disease are rarely seen and the symptoms are similar to those of dysuria. Ayurveda refers to conditions such as mootrakruchhra which means dysuria.

According to Ayurveda, interstitial cystitis is caused by the aggravation of the Vata and Pitta dosha (two of the three doshas). Vata governs all movements of the body and mind. Vata is cold, subtle, mobile, dry, and light in nature. Apana Vata is a subdosha of Vata that is primarily responsible for interstitial cystitis. This subtype of Vata dosha, i.e. Apana Vata, is found in the lower pelvic region and controls the elimination of urine, feces, menstrual blood, and reproductive fluids. Pitta dosha is also involved in its causality symbolizing fire or heat. The aggravated Vata dosha manifests as pain and the aggravated Pitta dosha as a burning sensation. The imbalance or aggravation of these doshas results in the accumulation of toxins in the body, leading to pain, a burning sensation, and frequent urination. In Ayurveda, interstitial cystitis is known as "Ushna Vata".

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