Thread: uva ursi question
05-27-2005, 03:40 PM #1
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uva ursi question
I was told to take uva ursi to help my bladder--as many of you know, it's supposed to be very good for it. So I went to the health food store today but couldn't find it. The manager said, "It's in the diurectics." I flipped out--there is no way I could ever take a diuretic--it would set my bladder on fire to no end. I haven't been able to tolerate even a piece of an diuretic pill for years; almost killed myself with a couple teaspoons of marshmallow root tea, also a diurectic. No antihistamines, no cold remedies, no cough syrups, etc. I know that some of you take it without problems. Has anyone ever experienced a flare from uva ursi? Thanks!
05-30-2005, 03:51 PM #2
I tried it in tea form before I was diagnosed, bothered me a lot.
05-30-2005, 05:54 PM #3
Uva Ursi is mainly taken for its astringent action by people with UTIs. While it is very useful for people with bladder infections, I don't see how it would help IC. I would guess that it would hurt an already inflamed bladder. Who told you to take it??? I would guess that it was yet another case of some well-meaning person mistaking IC for a UTI.
Now...if you HAVE an actual UTI, it is very good to take!30 year old Mother, Midwife, Birth Doula, Herbalist, and Massage Therapist with sudden onset of IC approx. 2/16/05 (after a PAP smear and routine gynecological exam). I tried a HUGE list of natural and alternative treatments (including Cystoprotek, Desert Harvest Aloe, Aloe gel, Glucosamine/Chondroitin, L-Argenine, Quercitin/Bromelain, Marshmallow Root...etc) for the first 9 months of having IC, without much relief, until I finally researched and started Elmiron.
~Previously took Elmiron 100mg three times a day
~Experimented with dosage (1-2 Elmiron a day recapped into a plain gelcap) and did well with occasional mild flares. (7/06-9/09)
~Stopped all together at the 1 year mark (9/29/06) for 10 days. Still felt good, with low-level symptoms.
~Decided to go back on it (10/16/06) to see if another year on it will bring me into full (zero symptoms) remission. Currently taking 1-2 pills a day, recapped into a plain gelcap.
~ 6/08...Tried to go off Elmiron again, had huge flare at the 3 week mark, went back on 100mg once a day for maintenance.
-I went off Elmiron for 2 months due to pregnancy and had a complete relapse of IC symptoms to pre-diagnosis levels of pain/frequency. I then went back on Elmiron at 10-12 weeks, but was unable to take it further due to severe morning sickness. The 2nd/3rd trimesters were MUCH better IC-wise, and postpartum is the best I have felt in years. I am no longer on Elmiron for now.
-20 month postpartum remission from 4/17/09 to 12/10/10.
-Out of remission after a pap smear on 12/10/10. Pap smears are obviously the main IC trigger for me. Currently trying to cope with loss of the remission.
~Sugar-free/gluten free and strict IC diet (With an emphasis on organic, alkaline and whole foods)
~Prenatal DHA/Fish oil supplement
~Vitamin D supplement
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