Following Ayurvedic classical literature, UTIs have several etiologies. Various unhealthy food and lifestyle activities lead to the aggravation of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha in the body. The vitiated state of tridosha, along with mandagni, sets up the production of Ama (undigested food particle). Ama then mixes with dosha and becomes sama, which subsequently affects the mutra vaha srotas (urinary tract) and gives rise to mutrakrichhya.
Thrush: Aggravating diet and lifestyle lead to with Mandagni. This low digestive fire then leads to deficient and incomplete digestion of food, and formation of ama. Ama is then absorbed into the blood stream (amarasa), and redistributed to moist and viscous tissues of the body (intestinal tract, vagina, oral cavity, skin folds, etc.). In the small and large intestines, it will putrefy and ferment, thus inhibiting the growth of a healthy intestinal bacterial flora. In other extra-intestinal sites, it will disrupt tissue immunity, thus permitting candida overgrowth. Once the disease progresses to the point where dhatvagnis are disrupted and saptadhatu formation becomes defective, deficient ojas will occur – lack of vitality, immunity and multiple system dysfunction.
Ayurveda sees that there are different aspects to thrush depending on which dosha is involved.
Vata: Caused by an excess of pungent, butter and astringent foods, too much cold. Excessive travel, the supression of natural urges, excessive intercourse and irregular eating and sleeping habits.
Pitta: can be caused by an excess of pungent, uncooked, burning, sour and alkaline foods.
Kapha: can be caused by the intake of foods that are too heavy, oil and cold. In addition, overeating sleeping during the day.
Tridoshic: Can show all of the above symptoms.