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Neurogenic Bladder

Have you felt uncomfortable while peeing?

Have you been in instances when you could not control the urge to urinate?

Do you have UTI?

There is a surfeit of diseases related to the urinary system that affects our health and also our urge to urinate. The urinary bladder is part of the urinary system that holds the urine and releases it when it gets filled.

How does the bladder realize that it is filled?

How do the muscles relax at that exact moment?

Have you ever heard of a condition called neurogenic bladder?

Let us find out.

Know more about Neurogenic Bladder

The bladder releases urine when the brain passes the message to the muscles in and around the bladder to relax through the nerves. Therefore, we can say that urine is released by the synchronized action of nerves, muscles, and the brain. Any kind of obstruction, damage, or delay in this series can affect urination and competency of the bladder.

Neurogenic bladder is a condition of the bladder wherein the nerves or the muscles supplying the bladder are injured.

one of the neurogenic bladder causes could happen due to trauma or as a complication of another disease.

Neurogenic bladder can affect the synchronized motion of urinary nerves and muscles, uncontrollable urge to pee, and deformity in the filling of the bladder. The muscles do not relax and constrict at the right time. The muscles and nerves either function exaggeratedly or perform little to no functions at all.

Now that we know the neurogenic bladder causes let us find out the symptoms of the same.

Signs and Symptoms of Neurogenic Bladder

The neurogenic bladder symptoms depend if the bladder is overactive or underactive.

The symptoms that are usually seen are :

  • Uncontrollable urge to urinate
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Renal stones
  • Urinate in a dripping manner
  • Infection of the urinary tract
  • Intermittent urination

The neurogenic bladder symptoms vary from person to person and also depend upon the grade of damage.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Neurogenic Bladder

With neurogenic bladder treatment, we can undoubtedly cure a Neurogenic bladder. As the vata dosha is mainly vitiated, therapies to pacify vata are the neurogenic bladder ayurvedic treatment.

  • snehana (oleation )
  • Swedana(sudation)
  • Vasti (enema)
  • Uttara vasti (enema given through the urinary tract)
  • Mild eliminatory procedure
  • Drugs that propel the passage of urine

Out of the many herbal drugs, gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) is considered the best drug for disorders related to the urinary system.Chandraprabha vati, gokshuradi guggulu, varunadi ghritam, etc are some of the formulations that can be prescribed.

AyurVAID Approach

Ayurveda, the ancient science of medicine, has a unique taste for understanding and interpreting diseases. Ayurveda solely believes in the fact that diseases are manifested when there is an imbalance between the tridoshas. The tridoshas namely vata, pitta, and kapha when vitiated cause a plethora of diseases. Therefore it is essential to maintain the homeostasis of doshas to maintain a healthy body.

The frequency of diseases occurring in present times has increased and people have doubted the efficacy of Ayurveda to treat these modern-originated disorders. The scholars of Ayurveda studied every disease with such precision along with mentioning the probable methods to cure it.

Coming back to our topic, Neurogenic bladder, in Ayurvedic disorders of the urinary system, comes under mutra vaha srotas dushti (disorder in the channels of the urinary system).

The main dosha affected is the vata dosha (specifically apana vayu) which causes disease of the urinary system.

Neurogenic bladder treatment can be correlated to mutraghata. Mutraghata is a collection of diseases that occur due to obstruction in the bladder.  There are 12 types of mutraghata. Out of the 12 types, it can be predominantly related to vata kundalika.

Vata kundalika is a condition that occurs due to the vitiation of vata and the patient does not urinate completely but in drops. Along with this, there is a pain in the bladder.