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Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome)

How can I manage interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS)?

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  • AMaoshing Ni, PhD, LAc, Gerontology, answered
    Since there is no definitive cure for interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS), I would like to suggest the following dietary and adjunctive treatments that might help with the symptoms.

    Dietary: Avoid alcohol, tomatoes (and the nightshade family, in general), spices, chocolate, caffeine, citrus beverages, high-acid foods, and artificial sweeteners. Eliminate various items from your diet, starting with wheat and dairy products, and gradually reintroduce them one at a time to determine which, if any, is affecting your symptoms. In general, you need to maintain a varied, well-balanced diet, on the bland side. No smoking.

    Adjunctive treatments: Try acupuncture and herbal remedies; visit an acupuncturist to obtain specific advice. Specifically, electrostim acupuncture may produce good results. Tai chi or qigong exercises with light stretching may also help.

    I would suggest you discuss the possibility of trying these recommendations with your physician before considering invasive procedures like fulguration and resection.
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