Interstitial cystitis is a painful condition resulting from inflammation of the tissues of the bladder wall. It is also referred to as “Bladder Pain Syndrome”. Some of the common symptoms of this problem include pain during intercourse, urinary discomfort, urgency and increased urinary frequency.
It is important to note that the exact cause of this problem is not known. Further, it is frequently confused with a urinary tract infection. An individual may use simple natural remedies to treat the symptoms associated with interstitial cystitis.
Natural Ways to Cures Interstitial Cystitis
You can drink tea prepared with the use of different herbs such as horsetail or usnea to prevent infection and swelling. Consumption of tea containing marshmallow root can provide relief from painful flare-ups. You can prepare cold brewed marshmallow root tea in advance and use it in on a frequent basis to get the desired results.
Kava kava is also referred to as “Piper methysticum”. It is a member of the piperaceae family. It can also be used in the treatment of interstitial cystitis. This natural remedy can provide relief from the pain and spasms caused by the problem.
You can drink a glass of water containing baking soda (1 teaspoon). Use of this remedy can reduce the acidity of the urine which can help in curing bladder lining irritation. Baking soda should be taken internally after consulting your doctor. Another alternative is to take a bath with warm water containing baking soda to obtain relief from abdominal or bladder pain.
You should reduce the consumption of acidic foods to deal with the symptoms of interstitial cystitis. Items such as alcohol, chocolate, caffeine, spices, artificial sweeteners and citrus foods should be avoided. It is advisable to consume fresh and unprocessed food items such as fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains and so on. You should not make any dietary changes without obtaining permission from your health consultant.
Regular exercise can help in improving the health of your bladder. You can practice gentle exercises such as yoga and low impact aerobics. Walking can also provide the desired results. You should not perform/practice excessive stretching and heavy straining exercises. In some cases, swimming can also be used for dealing with interstitial cystitis. It is interesting to note that the practice of kegel exercises can help in improving the strength of pelvic floor muscles which can reduce the muscle spasms associated with interstitial cystitis.
Another useful remedy for interstitial cystitis is plantain. It is also known as “Plantago Major”. This natural remedy can help in curing the problem of dysuria (painful or difficult urination).
Uva ursi has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and can be used as a natural cure to treat and prevent recurring bladder infections. It can also help in dealing with the symptoms of interstitial cystitis. Uva ursi can be consumed in the form of tea. It is also available in dried herb forms. Uva ursi is toxic in nature and should be used under the supervision of a medical practitioner.