I am a 60-year-old female with interstitial cystitis.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am a 60-year-old female with interstitial cystitis. I’ve tried numerous prescriptions, but nothing has helped my symptoms. Sometimes I have to make 30 or more trips to the bathroom per day, and it’s very painful. Are there any natural remedies that could help?” — Bethany P., Evanston, IL
A. Dear Bethany, Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a very painful and troubling condition, brought on by chronic inflammation of the bladder wall. While both men and women can experience IC, it is about 10 times more common for women.
Medical professionals are still not certain of its exact cause. While most of the time the inflammation is caused by a bacterial infection called a urinary tract infection (UTI), IC can also occur without an infection being present. UTIs and/or IC can be quite tricky to manage; so first and foremost, I encourage you to continue working with your healthcare practitioner to determine the best treatment plan. I can make some recommendations, but that never replaces a doctor’s care and oversight. That said, I do have some safe and effective nutrients I believe can help.
You may want to consider adding Angelica (Angelica archangelica) to your daily regimen. Angelica archangelica grows in Iceland and has been used in folk medicine for centuries – the Vikings even used this herb as a form of currency. In fact, banning the theft of angelica was actually written into some of the earliest law books in Iceland about 1,000 years ago!
Angelica archangelica extract will help strengthen bladder muscles and increase bladder capacity. When choosing a formula, make sure you look for one that features an aqueous (water) extract of Angelica archangelica leaves that has been clinically studied. I would take Angelica twice per day.
You would also benefit greatly by adding a clinically studied curcumin daily. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the curcumin you choose features excellent absorption. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil. I would take this curcumin twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally