Interstitial cystitis, also known as bladder pain syndrome is characterized by urinary pain, frequency, a constant sensation of having to pee, and pelvic pain discomfort or pressure, with no known concrete cause.
Many theories exist for the cause of bladder pain syndrome and some include: a low grade infection, allergenic substances in the bladder or production of a toxic substance in the urine, autoimmune disease and generalized inflammation. Interstitial cystitis is also associated with several chronic illnesses including: inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, anxiety, and depression. Diagnosis is that of exclusion, and treatment generally consists of supportive modalities focusing on symptomatic relief.
Naturally this can be very frustrating to those suffering and have a significant impact on their quality of life.
Conventional treatment consists of: oral pharmacologic agents (anti depressants, anti inflammatories, anti histamines), as well as surgical therapies.
Naturopathic medicine can offer alternative treatment options conventional treatments cannot, to help: reduce pain, improve symptoms, and improve quality of life to those affected using:
–> Acupuncture (using an individualized traditional Chinese medical diagnosis to reduce urinary urgency and frequency)
–> Dietary changes (avoiding exacerbating foods, decreasing inflammation)
–> Botanicals (To improve mood, modulate the immune system, relax bladder muscles, soothe the tissue and reduce pain)
——> some examples include- Althea officinalis, Zea Mays, Piper methysticum
–> Stress reduction & Mindfulness practices
Yours in Health