My adult daughter has been battling with interstitial cystitis for over five years now.
Q. Dear Terry, “My adult daughter has been battling with interstitial cystitis for over five years now. Her symptoms, primarily pain and urgency, keep her from working. It’s so hard to see her suffer. She tried acupuncture last week and that seemed to help a little bit. Any other natural recommendations?” — DeAnna L., Enterprise, NV
A. Dear DeAnna, Medical professionals are still not certain of the exact cause(s) of interstitial cystitis (IC). 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 your daughter to continue working with her 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.
She may want to consider adding Angelica (Angelica archangelica) to her 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 to strengthen the bladder muscles and increase bladder capacity. When choosing a formula, make sure you look for one that features an aqueous (water) extract of the leaves that has been clinically studied. I would take Angelica archangelica twice per day.
She 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 she chooses features excellent absorption. The best form I have ever found features curcumin enhanced with turmeric essential oil. I would take this curcumin twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally