Interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome is a chronic inflammatory bladder condition that causes frequent, urgent and painful urination and pain in the area below the belly button. In this condition, the bladder wall becomes inflamed and irritated making it stiff and unable to store urine so that the person has to empty the bladder 40- to 60 times in severe cases.
The cause behind interstitial cystitis is not known yet.
- Frequent painful urination
- Pain in pelvic area
- Pressure and tenderness in bladder
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- In men, discomfort or pain in the penis or scrotum
Ayurveda relates ‘Ushna Vata’ or interstitial cystitis (IC) to aggravation of vata and pitta dosha. Apana vata, a subdosha of vata dosha works for eliminating urine, stool, menstrual blood and reproductive fluids from the body. Imbalance in vata and pitta cause production of toxins that accumulate in the bladder, pelvic region, urethra and anal region leading to pain, repeated urination and inflammation in urine.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
- Foods including cheese, chocolates, sugar, deep fried foods and gravies, cream, ice creams, fat meats, bread, potatoes and alcoholic drinks must be avoided.
- Avoid citrus fruits and vegetables.
- Consume fresh, juicy fruits, green vegetables, nuts, milk and milk products.
- Take a mixture of gokshuru (Tribulus terrestris) and ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) powder and consume one spoon daily.
- Boil basil leaves in water with honey and consume it twice a day.
- Take one teaspoon of Psyllium Husks (Isabgol) with yogurt one hour after dinner.