Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder. It causes urgent, painful urination and pelvic discomfort. People with interstitial cystitis have a bladder wall that is inflamed and irritated (red and sore). This inflammation can scar the bladder or make it stiff. It also does not store urine well. In some cases, the walls of the bladder may even bleed slightly.

Causes

Exact cause of interstitial cystitis has not been determined.

Symptoms

         Painful urination

         Pelvic discomfort

         An urgent need to urinate

         Pressure, pain and tenderness around the bladder,

         A bladder that doesn鈥檛 hold urine well

         Pain during sexual intercourse

         In men, discomfort or pain in the penis or scrotum

Ayurvedic View

According to Ayurveda, interstitial cystitis (IC) appears due to aggravation of vata and pitta dosha. Vata is an Ayurvedic humor, which governs all movements in the mind and body. It is cold, mobile, subtle, light and dry in nature. More specifically apana vata seems to be involved, which is a subdosha of vata dosha. Apana vata is located in the lower pelvic region, and is responsible for the elimination of menstrual blood, stool, urine, and reproductive fluids. The next dosha that is involved is pitta. Pitta symbolizes heat or fire. Pain is a sign of aggravated vata dosha, and a burning sensation of aggravated pitta dosha.

Aggravated vata and pitta produces specific toxins. These toxins accumulate in the pelvic region, bladder, urethra and anal region. Accumulation of toxins lead to pain, frequent urination and a burning sensation in urine. The Ayurvedic diagnosis for this disease is referred to as 鈥楿shna Vata鈥.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

         The foods which should be drastically curtailed or altogether avoided are aged cheese, chocolates, heavy cream, ice creams, fat meats, deep fried foods and gravies, high carbohydrate foods like bread, potatoes, sugar, syrup, rich puddings, and beverages such as all fountain drinks and alcoholic drinks. Citrus fruits and vegetables should be avoided.

         Fresh, sweet juicy fruits, green vegetables, nuts like almonds, milk and fresh milk products can be taken.

Home Remedies

         Take equal quantity of gokshuru (Tribulus terrestris) and ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) powder. Take one teaspoon of this mixture twice daily.

         Boil few basil leaves in a cup of water for 15 minutes. Mix some honey. Take twice a day to reduce interstitial cystitis.

         Take one teaspoon of Psyllium Husks (Isabgol) with half cup of fresh yogurt one hour after dinner.