Interstitial Cystitis
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Interstitial Cystitis Remedies

Pumpkin Seed Oil
Posted by Holland (Los Angeles, CA) on 05/18/2022
5 out of 5 stars

Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil for Interstitial Cystitis

For several years I suffered from interstitial cystitis brought on by a year's use of an anxiety supplement with low levels of an acid in it. The suffering was often intense, and initially I could only control it through diet, avoiding anything that was acid-forming in foods or beverages. I had a very narrow range of foods I could tolerate. The first thing that started to control it was an herbal formula with Marshmallow & Fenugreek as the main ingredients, with a little bit of fennel as well. But dietary lapses still brought the burning pain with a vengeance. To be clear, it was not a bladder infection as nothing for bladder infections made any difference at all, and I'm not prone to them.

I read an article mentioning Styrian Pumpkin Seed oil as a remedy for this. Desperate, I tried it and within about three weeks the cystitis was basically gone. I used one or two tablespoons/day of a high quality oil sold in a black glass bottle. I don't have to continue with the oil to keep symptoms away at all at this point, though if I eat very badly I can still have a rare reoccurrence of it. I've since discovered that about 1/2 tsp. of baking soda in water will eliminate a temporary flare up within about 10 minutes. My case wasn't as severe as some I've read about, but it was a daily concern, often awful, and I lived in fear of eating the wrong thing. Now, that is all history.


Pumpkin Seed Oil
Posted by Sunny (Ca) on 01/02/2016
5 out of 5 stars

One thing that absolutely helps with the ic pressure/pain/ urgency is... Pumpkin seed oil. The best is cold pressed! I get it in softgels. I take like 4 or more softgels, depending how I feel, I can think of the mfs now. But just get as high mgs as you can find. I believe it works because pumpkin seeds are super high in magnesium. One of the highest foods with it, (another is spinach). And as you know, magnesium is a muscle relaxer. And so it helps your bladder to relax. However, the oil has many other properties like it being antimicrobial. You have to try it, its a life saver!!! Sunny <8


Pumpkin Seed Oil
Posted by Linda (Allentown, Pennsylvania) on 10/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Hi All, Ive been reading over these postings because I was curious about Cayenne pepper as a Tx for I. C. I really empathize with you all and desire to share my Tx remedy. I suffered with mild I. C. for years while having my children (5, total). After my fifth, the I. C. really flared up and I just couldn't get more that 45 min. of sleep at a time. In addition, activities involving impact of any kind (ie. Running, household chores, intimacy) were out of the question.

My husband did some research and started me on a two week regimen of Cornsilk extract (20 drops in 1/4 cup water 2-3 times per day) followed by 2x daily dosing of Pumpkin Seed oil everyday. I have maintained the oil at 1 tablespoon in am and 1 tablespoon in pm, preferrably with food or drink, for about 2 years now. It has made all the difference in the world. If I maintain this dosage I have no symptoms except for mild ones during ovulation and the first two days of my period. I up my dose by another tablespoon sometime in the middle of the day during these times. If I run out of oil, pumpkin seeds (in any form, roasted, raw etc. ) will suffice until I can restock but they add a lot fiber to my diet since I need to eat almost 3/4 cup of them per day to achieve the desired effect. I also stay away from Tannic Acid whenever possible and have greatly reduced the gluten in my diet. I am otherwise a healthy 38 year old mother of five. I don't get back here very often at all so I may not be available to answer any questions but I truly hope that this helps as many people here as possible!