• Dr A A Mundewadi

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis, also known as IC, is characterized by recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and surrounding region. This condition is more common in women. The severity and frequency of symptoms varies from person-to-person, and is usually associated with a frequency of urination or an urgent need to pass urine. IC is also aggravated by menstruation and vaginal intercourse.

Diagnosis of interstitial cystitis can only be made when there is no known or demonstrable cause for the condition, such as infection or urinary stones. This condition is usually associated with an irritable or scarred bladder wall. Minute bleeding spots or patches of broken skin or ulcers can also be seen within the bladder wall. Irritable bowel syndrome may also be associated with this condition. The modern management of interstitial cystitis includes bladder distension, bladder instillation, oral medications, electrical nerve stimulation, bladder training and surgery. Although different treatment modalities provide some sort of relief from the condition; however, none of these have so far proved to be a definite cure for interstitial cystitis.

Ayurvedic treatment can be effectively used for the treatment of interstitial cystitis. The demonstrable pathology of the disease can be treated by using medicines to reduce the irritation or stiffness of the bladder muscles. Medicines can also be given to treat inflammation and ulceration which is commonly seen in this condition. In addition, herbal medicines which have a strengthening effect on the entire genitourinary tract can be used judiciously to bring about considerable relief in the management of this condition. Associated symptoms like irritable bowel syndrome also need to be treated separately.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment of interstitial cystitis needs to be given for periods ranging from two months to six months, depending upon the severity of the disease and individual response to the medicines. Overall, the majority of individuals affected with interstitial cystitis can be given significant relief with the use of Ayurvedic herbal medicines.

Interstitial cystitis, IC, Ayurvedic treatment, Herbal medicines

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