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Interstitial cystitis

Causes, symptoms and possible treatments

Interstitial cystitis is the chronic inflammation of the bladder, often with no obvious cause. On this page, women's health advisor Emma Thornton explores the symptoms of interstitial cystitis, some possible causes and some treatment advice.


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  • Georgina's photo avatar
    Georgina — 22.02.2018 09:47
    Have taken cystitis for 40 years about four times or more in a year


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      Emma — 23.02.2018 12:50
      Hi Georgina, for the treatment of cystitis you can take our uva-ursi & Echinacea cystitis remedy for up to 6 weeks. Take 15 drops in a small splash of water up to five times daily. Be sure to also drink plenty of water daily, around 1.5l daily and also avoid refined sugar, caffeine and alcohol as much as possible. Then for more long-term protection against cystitis, we would generally recommend our Cranberry complex and GoldenRod Tea. A female probiotic may also be useful here too to help support the balance of bacteria which can also help protect against recurrent infections.


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Here’s what I recommend

Emma our women's health advisor recommends Uva-ursi complex to help ease symptoms of cystitis and cranberry to maintain bladder health.

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