Natural and Alternative Plan
We still do not have a cure for Interstitial Cystitis. There are several different medications, alternative treatments, and urinary herbs that may help reduce your symptoms and put your body in remission.
Interstitial Cystitis is chronic inflammation of the bladder wall. A true diagnosis is done by a Cystoscopy and possible biopsies of the inflammation to verify it is not cancer.
Symptoms include bladder spasms which produce excruciating pain, painful urination, frequent urination along with urinary urgency, and pain with intercourse. Bladder spasms can be so intense that you’re doubled over with pain and can hardly walk; urinary herbs can reduce these.
Interstitial Cystitis does not discriminate, it affects men and women.
There are many different urinary herbs you can try. Not everything works for everyone as we each have a different chemical makeup.
Increase your water intake. I hear you groaning, you’re already running to the bathroom several times a day. Your body needs the water to flush out toxins and bacteria that can cause painful urination.
Urinary Herbs for Interstitial Cystitis:
Aloe Vera: soothes and calms the mucous membranes. It seems to bring the body in balance and helps reduce the inflammation of the bladder and quiets the bladder spasms. It can be taken as a juice or in capsule form.
Dandelion: tea or jelly; a good diuretic for flushing the bladder.
Dill: helps by inhibiting the growth of Escherichia coli.
Meadowsweet: active against Escherichia coli by working as a urinary antiseptic.
Nettle: diuretic for flushing the bladder.
Parsley: diuretic for flushing the bladder.
Uva-Ursi: antiseptic but you must avoid all acidic food while taking it.
Wild Licorice: alleviates the burning sensation.
Parsley, Ginger Root, Goldenseal, and Uva-Ursi: make a hot tea; works as a diuretic, and an antibiotic. Do not take Goldenseal if you have high blood pressure.
Cornsilk, Couch grass, Horsetail, Celery (yes the garden type is an herb): these 4 should be taken together to soothe the inflamed mucous membranes. Avoid if pregnant.
Bearberry, Couch grass, Yarrow, and Horsetail: heals damaged mucous membranes, helps with acidic urine. High doses could cause nausea.
Buchu, Couch grass, Yarrow and Cornsilk: relieves burning sensation when urinating
Couch grass, Buchu, Bearberry, or Juniper Berries: soothes the inflamed mucous membranes and is a mild antibiotic.
Cornsilk, Bearberry, Black haw, and Valerian: heals and soothes damaged mucous membranes, helps with bladder spasms.
Marshmallow Root, Cornsilk, Couch grass, Horsetail, Bearberry, and Buchu: helps with extreme pain from bladder spasms. This is best taken as a hot drink.
Valerian, Passionflower, Magnesium Carbonate: this is a muscle relaxer that reduces and stops bladder spasms, taking away the pain.
Juniper Berries, Parsley, Uva-Ursi, Dandelion, and Chamomile: acts as a diuretic and helps cleanse and heal the bladder, urinary passages, and normalize the kidneys.
Juniper Berries, Parsley, Uva-Ursi, Marshmallow, Lobelia, Ginger, and Goldenseal: acts as a diuretic and helps cleanse and heal the bladder, urinary passages, and normalize the kidneys, and antiseptic to fight bacteria.
I have specifically not given amounts or directions for recipes for urinary herbs as you need to check with your physician prior to using herbs.
Before using any herbs for any condition, check with your physician to verify they won’t cause any drug interactions with medications you may be taking, adverse reactions to any medical conditions you may have, and that you are not allergic to any of them.
Herbs taken internal or topical can cause adverse reactions if you don’t know what you are doing. Always check with your physician prior to using any medicinal herbs. An example is Goldenseal which reduces inflammation and is often taken in conjunction with Echinacea. Goldenseal raises blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, you should not take Goldenseal.