Madhumeha is characterized by increased frequency of urination, with the presence of glucose in urine, which in Ayurvedic texts was referred to as (Prabhootavil mootrata). [Va.Ni.10] meaning excess amount of dirty urine.
Charaka, the father of medicine coined the term Madhumeha-Honey like urine both in terms of taste and appearance, a conclusion which he drew by observing ants getting attracted towards the urine. Madhumeha is also called Ojomeha. Sushrut called it Kshaudrameha [Su.Ni.6] as kshaudra is honey.
In those days, this unique characteristic of the urine was the method to diagnose Madhumeha, and therefore Madhumeha was interpreted as amootravahasrotas disorder which meant ‘disorder of the urinary tract’.
TYPES OF MADHUMEHA
- Sahaj (right from birth) [Su.Chi.11]
- Apathya -nimitaj (due to improper life style) [Su.Chi.11]
- Kulaj (hereditary) [Ch.Chi.6]