Bladder Spasms Due To Interstitial Cystitis
Author: Shauna P.
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Testimonial ID: 10806-OR
Scientific Studies: 7
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I have suffered with moderate to severe bladder spasms from interstitial cystitis (a.k.a. bladder pain syndrome) for about ten years now.
Thankfully the spasms have lessened since I have had children, but still sometimes they will be very painful. The only thing I can do is to lie down and sleep and hope that the next day the spasms will be gone.
Recently I was having severe pain, to the point that my bladder was bleeding. So I mixed the following essential oils with a carrier oil:
1 drop Dragon Time blend
1 drop Basil
1 drop Thieves blend
I applied this mixture to my lower stomach, and it did provide some relief. However, the spasms still did not stop completely.
Next I decided to try just the Basil (antispasmodic) and Thieves blend (immune boosting) in a gelatin capsule (I did use a carrier oil as well). I kid you not... within 15 to 20 minutes I felt the spasms lessen.
And since then I have found that regular ingestion of these two essential oils in a gelatin capsule sometimes takes the spasms away completely.
Today was the opposite! First I used the essential oils internally but was still having some discomfort. So then I lay down and applied all three essential oils to my stomach. Within 10 minutes I had no more spasms.
I am hoping to add Copaiba essential oil to this mixture soon, as it is anti-inflammatory, and a friend has had good results with it as well.
Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: bladder infection, bladder pain, bps, ic, urinary tract, uti.
|Supporting Scientific Studies|
|1.||"[Tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia)] oil has been found effective in chronic cystitis."||Link|
|2.||"[T]he effect of essential oils on skeletal and smooth muscle...: The first type of effect on skeletal muscle involved a contracture and inhibition of the twitch response to nerve stimulation shown by a sample of clary sage, dill, fennel, frankincense, and nutmeg; ...lavender reduced the twitch response alone."||Link|
|3.||"Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."||Link|
|4.||"Peppermint oil is harmless and acts locally to inhibit GI [gastrointestinal] smooth muscle contraction.... Peppermint oil solution administered intraluminally can be used as an antispasmodic agent with superior efficacy and fewer side effects than hyoscine-N-butylbromide...."||Link|
|5.||"Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."||Link|
|6.||"14 plant essential oils -- anise (Pimpinella anisum), bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hop (Humulus lupulus), Istanbul oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum), Izmir oregano (Origanum onites), [pepper]mint (Mentha piperita), myrtus (Myrtus communis), orange peel (Citrus sinensis), sage (Salvia officinalis), thyme (Thymbra spicata), and Turkish oregano (Origanum minutiflorum) -- were related to inhibition of 10 bacteria... four Gram-positive bacteria of Listeria innocua, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, and Bacillus subtilis, and six Gram-negative bacteria of Yersinia enterocolitica [causes Yersiniosis], Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Typhimurium, Proteus mirabilis [causes UTIs], Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Klebsiella oxytoca.... [R]elative to anise essential oil, the essential oils of oreganos, cinnamon, and thyme had consistently high inhibitory effects.... [B]eta-bisabolene (Turkish and Istanbul oreganos), and terpinolene (thyme) were found to be the most inhibitory compounds regardless of the bacteria type tested."||Link|
|7.||"14 plant essential oils -- anise (Pimpinella anisum), bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hop (Humulus lupulus), Istanbul oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum), Izmir oregano (Origanum onites), mint (Mentha piperita), myrtus (Myrtus communis), orange peel (Citrus sinensis), sage (Salvia officinalis), thyme (Thymbra spicata), and Turkish oregano (Origanum minutiflorum) -- were related to inhibition of 10 bacteria (Listeria innocua, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Yersinia enterocolitica, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Typhimurium, Proteus mirabilis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Klebsiella oxytoca)."||Link|
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