Bed Wetting (Shayyamutra)

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Bed Wetting

Bed wetting is an embarrassing habit in some children where they are unable to control urination while asleep. It is also called nighttime incontinence or nocturnal enuresis. It is a part of child’s development and can be considered serious if a child beyond 7 years of age is still having this habit. The condition is slightly more common in boys than in girls. Though this is a distressing situation, a calm and composed approach is required for its management. Dr.Gupta’s IAFA is offering such a serene handling of bed wetting in children through Ayurveda. IAFA is the ultimate destination for such behavioral modifications of children. Ayurveda considers the condition of bed wetting as Shayyamutra. The word means urination on bed.

Causes of Bed Wetting

Though the exact reason is unknown, bedwetting may be caused by a variety of reasons as listed below:

  • Genetic – Enuresis can get inherited through family
  • Slow development of control over brain-bladder connection
  • Reduced bladder capacity
  • Increased production of urine by Kidneys.
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Sleep disorders
  • Pressure over bladder by constipation
  • Mental stress and anxiety

Ayurveda says that the reason for bedwetting is the abnormality with the Apana vata that controls the functions of evacuation of feces and urine. AlsoVata is responsible for controlling the mental functions. So, improper functioning of Vatadosha results in physical and psychological abnormalities.

Ayurvedic Reference of Bed Wetting-Shayyamutra

Types of Bedwetting

There are mainly 2 types of bedwetting. Treatment and care depend on the type of enuresis.

1. Primary nocturnal enuresis

Continuous bedwetting without any periods of dryness.

Causes of Primary Enuresis

  • Bladder neck obstruction
  • Psychosocial factors

  • Genetic factors
  • Sleep disorders

2. Secondary nocturnal enuresis

Restarting bedwetting after a break of 6 months of dry nights. It may be caused by some stressful events.

Causes of Secondary Enuresis

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Emotional and stressful conditions
  • Birth of sibling

  • Death in family
  • Change in house
  • Diabetes

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Diet in Bedwetting

Do’s (Pathya)

  • Nutritious diet
  • Easily digestible food
  • Peaceful family atmosphere
  • Active games and play
  • Proper child care
  • Bladder training
  • Regular urination before going to sleep

Don’ts (Apathya)

  • Inadequate food
  • Excess drinking of water at night
  • Airconditioned room
  • Stressful situations to child
  • Unwanted blaming and strictness towards child
  • Lack of care and compassion towards child

Yoga and Pranayama for Bedwetting

Certain yoga asanas (postures) help to strengthen the urinary system and to achieve urine control. Practice of such postures helps the children to get relief from bedwetting. Following yoga postures can be helpful:

  • Utkatasana
  • Trikonasana
  • Malasana
  •  Sakrasana
  • Sarvangasana
  • Savasana
  • Surya namaskar

Pranayama helps to make the vitiated Vata under control. Since vata is directly involved in Bedwetting, pranayama helps a lot to relieve the condition.  It also provides calmness to mind that reduces stress and anxiety.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Bedwetting

Bedwetting should be treated by considering the reason. If there are any underlying pathologies related to urinary, digestive or psychological system, it should be corrected. Treatment includes internal medicines as well as physical training to pass urine.

Internal Medicines

  • Brahmi Ghrta
  • SaraswathaGhrta
  • MahasaraswathaGhrta
  • KrimighnaVati
  • IndukanthaGhrta

  • Chyavanaprasha
  • GorochanadiGulika
  • Krumighnavati
  • AswagandhaChurna

External Medicines

  • LakshadiTaila
  • BlaaswagandhadiTaila

  • KsheerabalaTaila
  • JivantyadiChurna

External Therapies

  • Abhyanga (Oil massage)
  • Avagaha (Hip bath)

  • Siro Dhara (Pouring medicated liquids over forehead)
  • Siro Pichu (Holding cotton immersed in medicated oil on scalp)

Single Herbs used in Bedwetting as per Ayurveda

  • Bimbi moola (Root of Cocciniagrandis)
  • Mandukaparni (Centellaasiatica)

  • Brahmi (Bacopamonnieri)
  • Aswagandha (Withaniasomnifera)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is bedwetting?

Answer: Bedwetting is the condition seen in children, where they pass urine unknowingly while sleeping. It is to be considered as a medical condition only if children beyond 7 years of age have this habit.

Question: What are the causes of Bedwetting?

Answer: Bedwetting is caused by various reasons. It includes urinary problems, psychological concerns or genetic factors

Question: Is Ayurveda beneficial in treating Bedwetting?

Answer: Yes. Ayurveda has effective management protocol for bedwetting that includes internal medicines, external medicines and external therapies.

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