The urinary bladder is a muscular balloon shaped organ, which is hollow and stores the urine in it. When the bladder is filled with urine, the brain receives a signal through the nerves, which indicates that it is time to empty the bladder. However, in people suffering from interstitial cystitis the signals to the brain are disturbed in such a manner that the urge to urinate occurs much before the bladder is full.
Research has revealed that people suffering from this disorder actually have a defective epithelium, which is thinner and holes begin to appear, which allows the toxins to enter into the urinary tract and the wall of the bladder. This leads to pain in the bladder and inflammation. The pain decreases when you urinate and increases when the bladder is filled. A few herbs to treat interstitial cystitis are discussed below.
Best Herbs For Interstitial Cystitis:
1. Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola is known to be helpful in treating this disorder. For this, you need to take about thirty milligrams of the herbal extract for about three times a day.
Intake of the herb regularly helps in enhancing the connective tissue integrity by improving the production of glycosaminoglycans, which are the most important components, required for the formation of the mucous layer that protects the bladder.
Caltros also known as Goksura is an herb, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties and works effectively on the urinary tract. It also reduces the formation of stones suggesting that it is extremely important for proper functioning of the GAG layer. It also works as an effective nervine and proves to be beneficial in the treatment of interstitial cystitis.
3. Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow contains soothing components that has been used as a folk remedy for various ailments. It possesses anecdotal anti-inflammatory properties that work efficiently on infections of the skin and swelling. This property of marshmallows helps in relieving the symptoms of interstitial cystitis.
The roots of marshmallow helps in coating the bladder lining that is damaged and decreases the swelling and redness. It is a demulcent, which helps in soothing the mucus membranes in the urinary tract.
Ginger is known to be effective in relieving pain in the pelvic region, which is associated with interstitial cystitis. It also helps improve circulation in the body. Ginger can be used as a compress. To prepare the compress grate pieces of ginger root or take about one teaspoon of the powder and add to boiling water.
Allow it to steep for about fifteen to twenty minutes before filtering. Take a piece a cloth and immerse it in this ginger water and gently apply on the area of the bladder. Cover the area with a plastic sheet to restore the heat and leave it for some time. You can also refrigerate and use this water.
Licorice is known to be helpful in providing a calming effect and soothing coating to the bladder wall. The herb also helps in balancing the estrogen levels.
It possesses anti allergic and anti-inflammatory properties, which help in reducing pain. It contains polysaccharides, which help in increasing the number of cells that secrete mucus. Licorice can be had in the form of tea, extract or capsule.
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