The Fundamentals

Cystitis, the inflammation of the bladder, is usually secondary to ascending urinary tract infections. Other organs such as the kidney, prostate, and urethra, may be involved. Acute cystitis is characterized by frequent and painful urination. Chronic cystitis occurs secondary to some other lesion with possibly pyuria as the only symptom. Interstitial cystitis is a chronically irritable and painful inflammatory bladder condition. It is not known what causes it. Most commonly seen in women between the ages of 30 and 70, this disease is not life-threatening, but the extreme pain can be intolerable. If there is a presence of Hunner's ulcer of the bladder, diagnosis of interstitial cystitis is confirmed. This type of cystitis is marked by frequent urination, waking from sleep to urinate (nocturia),, and suprapublic pain when the bladder fills. There is no curative therapy.

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Interstitial Cystitis
ystitis is defined as inflammation of the bladder. It occurs mostly in women, however, it can affect men and children of all ages. The main symptoms are frequency and urgency in urination, waking to urinate, pain or burning when urinating, and cloudy urine with an unpleasant odor. Mainly caused by coliform bacteria, a common occupant of the bowel. Other bacteria or infection may be involved as well, such as Escherichia coli, and Chlamydia, especially in sexually active women. Juniper berry is effective as it is alterative, meaning it decreases uric acid, and is a powerful bacterial disinfectant. It is often recommended in the treatment of urinary tract infections such as cystitis and urethritis. The antiseptic volatile oil, excreted in the urine and disinfecting the urinary tract as it passes through, contains terpinen-4-ol. This compound has ben shown to increase the glomerular filtration rate of the kidneys. Uva Ursi (or Bearberry) contains the glucoside Arbutin, which, because of its diuretic action, is largely absorbed unchanged and then excreted by the kidneys. During excretion, Arbutin acts as an antiseptic on the urinary mucous membrane. Burdock root, an excellent detoxifying agent, exercises a diuretic effect on the kidneys and helps them quickly filter impurities from the blood. The polyacetylenes in Burdock also inhibit the growth of bacteria andfungi. This prevents infections, including those that may be responsible for cystitis. Another powerful diuretic, Dandelion ensures that infection-causing bacterias are passed from the body before they can cause inflammation. Dandelion has been shown effective in preventing recurrent cystitis; however, good fluid intake should be maintained daily. Other useful herbal supplements to aid the cystitis sufferer are Goldenseal, Licorice, Nettles, and Black Walnut.
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