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Herbal Remedies For Interstitial Cystitis

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GingerA condition marked by abdominal pain and frequent urge to urinate is called interstitial cystitis. The usage of herbal remedies for the treatment of this condition is being encouraged as it is a cheap and safe alternative to modern drugs. Stress, genetic and neurological factors are known to be the main causes of interstitial cystitis. It is most commonly seen in post menopausal women and causes acute discomfort as there is a  need to pass urine every ten minutes. Lets see how herbs can manage this condition effectively.



Natural Remedies For Cystitis

  • Magnesium is an important mineral that is needed for proper functioning of the muscles. Present in dark green leafy vegetables like kale and broccoli it reduces spasms in the wall of the bladder. One serving of these vegetables per day is the guideline.

  • Turmeric is a mild spice native to India and Indonesia, used to give flavor and color to curries. The pigment that gives it a yellowish tinge is called curcumin and it has many anti inflammatory properties. A pinch of this spice with milk is an easy way to gain natural benefits such as less irritation of the nerves that supply the bladder.

  • Ginger is an easily available herb that has pain relieving properties similar to aspirin. Crushed ginger can be used to spice up food and also to make a soothing herbal tea. Tablets that contain the dry extract are also useful. Herbalists recommend upto 1000mg a day.

  • Quercetin is an antioxidant found abundantly in onions and research has shown that it reduces the inflammatory response that is the root cause of a weak bladder. A bowl of raw onion salad is the best way to gain beneifts.

  • Licorice extracts help to soothe the lining of the urinary bladder so that there are less frequent episodes involving frequent urination. A daily supplement is recommended.


Herbal remedies for interstitial cystitis may take a while to show healing effects but they are worth a try. Always talk to your doctor about the right dosage of herbs to be taken.


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Herbal Remedies For Interstitial Cystitis