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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies for Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic and complex condition where recurrent discomfort or pain in the bladder or area surrounding pelvic region may occur and one feels the need to urinate repeatedly and urgently. Its occurrence is more common in women than in men and can have a long-term impact on quality of life.

It may significantly influence your lifestyle, work, emotional health and even relationships.

The symptoms can vary from person to person. It is also known as "painful bladder syndrome" or "bladder pain syndrome".

Long-term inflammation of the bladder in people with IC can usually have inflamed or irritated bladder walls which can cause scarring and stiffening of the bladder.

Some people may have pain without urgency or frequency. Others have urgency and frequency without pain. Women's symptoms often get worse during their periods. They may also have pain with sexual intercourse. But now we have an effective Ayurvedic Treatment for Interstitial Cystitis.

What are the Causes of Interstitial Cystitis?

The exact cause of Interstitial Cystitis occurrence is still unknown but certain proposed etiologies are like:

  • Damage or trauma to the bladder lining, urine can irritate the bladder and surrounding muscles and nerves (e.g. from surgical procedures).
  • An autoimmune response to bladder destroys the lining of the bladder wall or unexplained association with autoimmune disorders like inflammatory bowel disease, systemic lupus Erythematosus, Sjogren syndrome, fibromyalgia.
  • Excessive stretching of the bladder.
  • Repeated bacterial infections and production of a toxic element in the urine
  • Injury or dysfunction of the glycosaminoglycan layer that covers the urothelium.

Ayurvedic Point in Causes of Interstitial Cystitis

Vitiated Apaan vata is responsible for Interstitial Cystitis in Ayurveda .According to Ayurveda the cause for interstitial cystitis (IC) may be due to intensification of vata and pitta dosha where Vata is actually cold, dry, gentle, and mild. Ayurveda has explained that Vata controls all the movements of body and brain in which, Apana vata is found in the lower pelvic area, and aids in proper filtration and excretion of menstruation, urine, stool. Other is pitta, it signifies heat. Irritated pitta dosha is responsible for burning sensation.

Aggravated Pitta and vata produce specific toxic elements which get collected in anal area, kidney, urethra and the pelvic area. Deposits of toxic elements generate pain, frequent urination and a burning sensation in urine.

What are the Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis?

Symptoms can vary among the persons affected but some may have similarity too.

You may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Chronic or intermittent pain in the pelvis.
  • Pressure or discomfort Feeling in Pelvic region.
  • Strong urgency to urinate.
  • Repeated urination day and night. (about 30-40 times a day)
  • Bladder pressure and pain gets worse as bladder fills up.
  • Pain during sexual intercourse.
  • Sleep Difficulties.
  • Depression.

Symptoms may worsen in case of urinary tract infection or during periods or even after consumption of foods or drinks.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Interstitial Cystitis

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1. Chanderprabha Vati:

Chanderprabha vati is a herbal formulation which has wonderful positive effects in problems related to pelvic organs, low sex desire, inability to conceive. It is a blend of various useful 23 natural ingredients.


  • Shilajit (Asphaltum)
  • Guggul (Commiphora mukul)
  • Sharkara (Sugar)
  • Karpoor (Cinnamomum camphora)
  • Vacha (Acorus calamus)
  • Mustak (Cyprus rotundus)
  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Amalaki (Amla) (Emblica officinalis)
  • Chavya (Piper chaba)
  • Vidanga (Embelia ribes)
  • Guduchi (Giloy) (Tinospora cordifolia)
  • Shunthi (Zingiber officinalis)
  • Maricha (Piper nigrum)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  • Sarjikashaar (Sodium carbonate)
  • Yavkshaar (Potassium carbonate)
  • Saindhav (Lavan Rock salt)
  • Suvarchal Lavan (Sodium sulphate)
  • Vida Lavan (Balck salt)
  • Danti (Baliospermum montanum)
  • Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • Tejpatta (Cinnamomum tamala)
  • Ela (Elettaria cardamomum)

This is very useful ayurvedic remedy for interstitial cystitis and quite beneficial to patients those who suffer from excess urination problem. All ingredients present in this formulation in combination help to decrease the inflammation in the pelvic region and manage interstitial cystitis.

Dose: Two tablets two times in a day with lukewarm water.

2. Chandanadi Vati:

Chandanadi Vati is herbal preparation having combination of herbs that all together work to balance Vata and Pitta energies of the body.

It has various natural ingredients like :

  • Shweta chandana (Santalum album)
  • Maricha (Piper cubeba)
  • Gandha biroja satva (Pinus longifolia sap)
  • Kattha (Acacia catechu)
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Rala (Vateria indica) extract
  • Karpura (Cinnamomum camphora)
  • Chandana taila (Sandal wood oil)
  • Daruharidra (Berberis aristata)

This herbal product is quite beneficial ayurvedic remedy for interstitial cystitis as this can solve the problems related to interstitial cystitis like controls the repeated urination, burning sensation while passing out urine and even reduces the inflammation in pelvic area.

Dose: Two tablets two times in a day with lukewarm water.

3. Punarnava Mandur:

This is pure natural product that maintains the balance of vata and pitta which are the major cause of interstitial cystitis and is a good remedy to improve blood count, blood quality, remove toxins from the blood, and helps in declining urea/creatinine, cholesterol and other toxins.

  • Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa): It is rich with anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Pippali (Piper longum): A useful herb to alleviate inflammations and muscular pain. It lessens overall swelling and fluid accumulation.
  • Shunti (Zingiber officinale)
  • Maricha (Piper nigrum
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
  • Chavya (Piper chaba)
  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Vidanga (Embelia ribes)
  • Chitrak Mool (Plumbago zeylanica)
  • Mandoor Bhasma (Ferric oxide calx)

It is prepared by the combination of herbs and minerals that all together act as an excellent ayurvedic remedy for interstitial cystitis prepared by Planet Ayurveda. It has positive and satisfactory results in the patients.

Dose: Two tablets two times in a day with lukewarm water.

4. Varunadi Vati:

Varunadi vati is a marvelous herbal preparation of Planet Ayurveda containing various natural ingredients:

  • Varun (Crataeva nurvala),
  • Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa),
  • Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris)
  • Shuddha guggulu (Comniphera mukul).

All ingredients of this herbal product act as perfect ayurvedic remedy for symptoms associated with the interstitial cystitis. It is effective in reducing the inflammation in pelvic area and helpful in urine retention.

Dose: Two tablets two times in a day with lukewarm water.

5. Boswellia Curcumin:

These herbal Capsules are formed by incorporating the natural herbs (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). Theses herbs together make these capsules proper anti-inflammatory medicine.

Boswellic Acid and curcuminoids are respectively are the ingredients present in the boswellia and curcumin herbs. Boswellia curcumin provides the relief from symptoms associated with interstitial cystitis

Dose: One capsule, two times day with plain water after meals.

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