Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial Cystitis Overview:

Interstitial cystitis is a condition involving a reduction of permeability of the glycosaminoglycan layer of the bladder, resulting in pain and inflammation. It's also known as "Painful Bladder Syndrome" or "PBS". It is a term used to define all cases of urinary pain that can't be attributed to other causes.

The condition is not well understood but is nearly exclusive (90-95%) to caucasian women. Of this group, the majority of cases are between the ages of 40 and 60. There are currently no reliable treatments, however, surgery has shown some success in recent years.


The cause of interstitial cystitis is unknown, but it has a strong prevalence in middle aged caucasian women, and those suffering from IBS. This has led to some calling the condition "IBS of the bladder". 


Factors That May be Involved in The Development Of Interstitial Cystitis:

  • History of infection
  • Leaky urothelium
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Irritating hemicals in the urine
  • Reduced nitric oxide synthase activity
  • Neurogenic inflammation involving the mast cells
  • Stress
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Lowered bladder mucosa integrity
  • Mast cell degranulation


Pain (Suprapubic)



Frequent urination


Reduced bladder capacity


Diagnostic Considerations:

The average time from the onset of symptoms to diagnosis of interstitial cystitis is 5 years. [1]. 

  • microbiology of urine
    • E. coli
  • High WBC in urine

Therapeutic Aims:

1. Increase Urine Flow


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Differential Diagnosis:




The presence of fever, chills, and low back pain can indicate kidney infection.


Herbs For Interstitial Cystitis

  • vaccinum macrocarpon
  • gotu kola
  • aloe vera

Interstitial Cystitis Formula

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Justin Cooke

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Updated: October 2017

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  1. Murray, M. T., & Pizzorno, J. E. (1998). Encyclopedia of natural medicine. Three Rivers Press.