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Causes and Symptoms: Dysuria means difficulty or pain in the process of expelling urine. The amount of urine may be reduced, it may be expelled painfully or it may be ejected in small quantities each time, the sufferer left with the urge to void his bladder all the time. The three main causes of dysuria are: (i) cystitis-inflammation of the bladder; (ii) inflammation of the urethra; (iii) veneral diseases like gonorrhea. Another cause is the enlargement of the prostate gland, a structure which lies at the neck of the bladder in men and surrounds a part of the urethra lying within the pelvis. Hyper acidity may also cause dysuria in some cases because the excessive amount of acid present in the urine produces the feeling of pain in the process of its ejection from the bladder.

The main symptoms of dysuria are: (i) scanty urine; (ii) pain in the process of urination; (iii) pain in the penis (and in woman, in the ovaries); (iv) passage of urine flecked with blood; (v) a feeling of heaviness in the region of the kidneys and sometimes, the scrotum; and (vi) the ever-present urge to pass the urine.

Remedies: Whatever the cause of retention of urine, the following remedies would help:

One masha each of Black Mustard and Nitre and two mashas of Brown Sugar are mixed together. Two mashas of this mixture is taken with water every two hours till relief is obtained. In addition, if the urine has been retained for some time, six mashas of Nitre should be dissolved in water and cloth pad soaked in it should be placed on the pelvis. Alternatively, two tolas of Hairs of the Corncob (ear of maize) should be boiled in water and given to the patient. Another remedy recommended for scanty or painful urine is the juice of Biskhapra leaves. Two or three tolas of this juice mixed with water or milk should produce copious urine giving immediate relief to the sufferer.

Practitioners of Indian systems of medicine have prescribed Shilajit for this condition; Pashanabheda (Bergenia Ligulata) root powder is also useful in one teaspoonful doses.

Droppings of Mice growd and mixed with water, Ear Wax of a Buffalo and equal quantities of Salt Peter and pulp of the root of Banana tree are also excellent external remedies for painful urine. They should be made into paste and applied to the pelvic region.

A patient suffering from dysuria (of whatever origin) must desist from eating beans and pulses. Green vegetables like spinach, tomatoes and ladyfingers should also be avoided.

The intake of liquids, particularly water, must be increased. Liquor and acid-forming foods, condiments, chillies etc, should not be taken.


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