What is interstitial cystitis?
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflamed or irritated bladder wall that can lead to scarring and stiffening of the bladder. The bladder loses its capacity to hold as much urine as it did in the past. It can also be known as Painful bladder syndrome and Frequency-urgency-dysuria syndrome.
What causes interstitial cystitis?
The cause of interstitial cystitis (IC) is unknown. Many people with IC find that certain foods or drinks worsen their symptoms. These include:
- Citrus fruits
- Potassium-rich foods
- Alcoholic beverages
- Caffeinated beverages
- Spicy foods
- Some carbonated beverages
What are the symptoms of interstitial cystitis?
These are the most common symptoms of interstitial cystitis (IC):
- Frequent urination
- Urgency with urination
- Feelings of pressure, pain, and tenderness around the bladder, pelvis, and the area between the anus and vagina or anus and scrotum (perineum)
- Pain during sex
- In men, discomfort or pain in the penis and scrotum
- In women, symptoms may worsen around their period
Stress may also make symptoms worse. The symptoms of IC may mimic other medical conditions.
To be sure you do not have a chronic antibiotic-resistant bladder infection, I would clean your bladder of any potential bacteria with D-Mannose and Oil of Oregano before proceeding with the recommendations below.
How to remedy Interstitial Cystitis
In the research article “The Beneficial Role of Vitamin D in Interstitial Cystitis” states –
Vitamin D also exerts its effect on IC through non-genomic factors, i.e., Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination, mast cells and histamine, prostaglandins (PGs), reactive oxygen species (ROS), and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). Conclusion: Vitamin D may have a beneficial role in IC. Calcitriol is best used for IC because it is the active form of the vitamin D3 metabolite, and it modulates inflammatory cytokine expression. Further investigation with calcitriol in IC patients is needed.
Similarly another research article “Oral treatment with a vitamin D3 analogue (BXL628) has anti-inflammatory effects in rodent model of interstitial cystitis” states –
Vitamin D3 analogues may successfully be used as anti-inflammatory agents in allergen-mediated inflammatory reactions. Moreover, the modulatory effect shown on mast cell activation by the BXL628 analogue strongly supports its potential therapeutic use in a possibly mast cell-dependent disease such as human interstitial cystitis.
So you definitely want to get your vitamin D3 levels up, taking at least 2000 IU’s a day. Do not forget to take magnesium, as magnesium is needed for vitamin D3 to be converted to its active form in the kidneys and liver.
Slippery Elm Bark
Slippery elm can be recommended for unexplained inflammation of the urinary tract, like those with interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome). Slippery elm powder has the ability to soothe the lining of the urinary tract. Thereby alleviating the painful irritating symptoms.
Although interstitial cystitis is not due to a bacterial infection, women are treated for IC with multiple regimens of antibiotics. They are given antibiotics because the physician doesn’t know what else to do. However, this excessive overuse of antibiotics ends up causing Candida overgrowth in these women, which causes a greater problem.
Coincidentally, many of the foods that aggravate IC are the same foods that are avoided when one has candida overgrowth. There is a possibility that IC is nothing more or less than candida invading the urinary bladder. I have read a few anecdotal reports of people totally healing themselves of IC by just ingesting freshwater food-grade diatomaceous earth.
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