Inflammation of the bladder is a common cause of bladder pain for individuals with Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), Cystitis and Interstitial Cystitis. Cystitis is one type of UTI that is often caused by a bacterial infection, whilst Interstitial Cystitis is often not attributed to bacteria or responsive to antibiotic treatment. Finding a product that provides instant relief will help you manage your pain and take back control of your life.
Interstitial Cystitis is a chronic inflammation of the bladder wall, the exact cause of which remains a mystery. The Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) states that many researchers believe a trigger (caused by one more events) may initially damage the bladder or bladder lining, and ultimately lead to the development of IC. Some of these triggers are: bladder trauma, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, autoimmune disorder, cystitis or one or more event that may have initially damaged the bladder and its lining.
The symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis are often associated with urinary frequency and urgency (feeling a strong need to urinate). Interstitial Cystitis and all types of UTIs can make passing urine painful leading to disturbance during sleep, discomfort at work and discomfort during sexual intercourse.
Quick Bladder Pain Relief
There are several items you can use to help provide quick relief for the bladder pain symptoms associated with Interstitial Cystitis. Here are a few.
Coriander Tea Soothes The Bladder
Coriander Tea is an old home Ayurvedic remedy for soothing a burning bladder. Coriander is a cooling and soothing herb that works well for anything where there is an “itis” involved. The recipe is quite simple, and we have posted an article titled Coriander Tea Soothes The Bladder which includes a quick video showing you how this simple bladder soothing tea is made: use 1 teaspoonful of whole coriander seeds for each cup of boiling water. Let the coriander seeds steep for 5 minutes in a covered mug and then strain the seeds.
Baking Soda & Alkalizing Drops
Baking soda works very quickly to relieve painful bladder flare-ups. Just mix about 1/2 teaspoon with a glass of water and then drink it down.
Baking soda is a fast and effective way to alkalize your body and it can be taken multiple times a day as long as you do not exceed a total of 2 teaspoons per day. For long term use, however, you might consider an alkalizing supplement like Alkalife Drops.
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)
Nutribiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is an all-natural supplement that works where many pills fail due to it's broad antibiotic effect. Many people with Interstitial Cystitis have used it successfully to quickly control bladder pain.
Discovered in 1972 by Dr. Jacob Harich, a physicist, grapefruit seed extract is used to eliminate many types of internal and external infections caused by parasites, viruses, bacterias, fungus and more! Grapefruit seed extract is also non-toxic, environmentally safe, and quickly bio-degradable. It naturally detoxifies, enhances and supports the immune system and can be an effective tool in the battle against bladder pain.
Longer Term, Natural Pain Relief
The suggestions above are all geared towards providing temporary relief of bladder pain which is an important first step toward improving your quality of life and winning the battle against Interstitial Cystitis. But living with Interstitial Cystitis requires a multi modal approach. This article merely scratches the surface of the many alternatives available for addressing bladder pain in IC patients.
Quercetin Based Supplements
Quercetin has become quite popular in Interstitial Cystitis circles after several studies were published showing it can be very effective in reducing the symptoms of IC. Two of the most popular quercetin based supplements are CystoProtek and Cysta Q.
CystoProtek is a natural oral dietary supplement which comes in a soft gel capsule. It combines the anti-inflammatory properties of glucosamine, quercetin and rutin to help reduce bladder damage and pain. It also contains glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronate sodium which replenish the damaged protective layer in the bladder. In 2006, results of a study on CystoProtek showed that it helped IC patients who had failed to respond to any other therapy. CystoProtek is clinically proven effective in reducing pain and symptoms of IC patients (read the study abstract).
Caution: Some IC Patients' bladders are very sensitive to glucosamine and/or chondroitin. If you are sensitive to either of these supplements, Cysta Q may be the better option of these two quercitin based supplements since it does not contain either of these two potentially bladder irritating ingredients.
Desert Harvest Aloe Vera
If you've read our article on Aloe Vera, you know that certain types of Aloe Vera can be used to reduce and sometimes alleviate bladder pain. Aloe is a natural polysaccharide with anti-inflammatory properties and Desert Harvest's Aloe Vera is often used as a natural alternative to pharmaceutic drugs like Elmiron. As with Elmiron, Desert Harvest's Aloe Vera must be taken daily for a couple of months before you begin to see significant positive results. However, Desert Harvest Aloe Vera is natural without the unpleasant side effects associate with Elmiron (i.e. weight gain & hair loss).
In addition, Desert Harvest sells a number of beneficial supplements that are buffered/combined with Aloe Vera. Many IC sufferers find certain supplements irritate their bladder. Desert Harvest has found a way to combine/buffer these supplements with their patented form of whole leaf Aloe Vera which makes them more tolerable to people with sensitive bladders.
More Treatment Alternatives
Other natural treatments include Reiki, Acupuncture, and Physical Therapy (Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation). If you'd like to learn more about Reiki, please read our article about an IC sufferer who learned to control her Interstitial Cystitis pain through Reiki and later became a Reiki Practitioner.
Interstitial Cystitis is a chronic, painful bladder condition that has no known cure. But it is possible to control the symptoms and eventually go into remission. Knowledge is power, and we encourage you to continuously research and empower yourself through learning. Even after years of living with IC, we are constantly discovering new insights. Below are some excellent books which can help put you on the path to self healing.