Bladder Infection(UTI) or Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

Which do you really have?

The Wonders of Marshmallow Root (Althaea Officinalis)

Are you experiencing symptoms such as frequent urination, discomfort passing urine? Do you feel the compelling need to empty your bladder? Are these symptoms often painful running between mild to severe. You suspect that you may have a urinary infection so visit your doctor. (Yes, we’ve all been there haven’t we!!) Following a urine test and culture your doctor informs you that you don’t have a urinary infection. You’re already drinking plenty of water and feel like if you swallow any more cranberry juice you’ll turn into one! I always recommend discussing these symptoms with your doctor. If there is no infection present antibiotics will be ineffective so, what may be going on and is there something we can take that may help us.


There is another common Urinary condition often with all of the above symptoms called:

Interstitial Cystitis.

A chronic inflammatory bladder condition. It may occur following intercourse. Symptoms can worsen under physical and mental stress. (Sounds like most of us are potentially at risk here!!) Pain can intensity during the menstrual cycle. You feel absolutely miserable with these symptoms and your quality of life can be greatly impaired.

UTI Pain

The Center for Women’s Pelvic Health at UCLA Interstitial Cystitis  describes Interstitial Cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) quote “May be caused by an inflamed or irritated bladder wall or ulcer in the bladder, while at other times the bladder may look normal.

The symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis (IC) may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis as it is important to exclude other conditions” 

Many women have reported that certain foods make their symptoms worse including:

Citrus fruits




Alcoholic beverages (That’s the culprit for me personally)

Caffeinated beverages

Spicy Foods 

Carbonated  beverages.

Having established with your doctor that you have Interstitial Cystitis and NOT a urinary infection or other medical condition she/he may prescribe a treatment plan. I remember feeling somewhat relieved when my doctor explained that many women, myself included, experience a flare up of this condition following intercourse. Evaluating this information I came to the conclusion that If I only had sex once a week, I could  potentially be suffering with these painful symptoms continually!!!! No woman wants that nightmare!

Allow me to share with you the wonders of Marshmallow Root!

UTI Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow Root is a perennial herb Native to Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. Because it appears to act like an enzyme to loosen mucus and inhibit bacteria it can be very effective in relieving coughs due to colds and bronchitis. 

Marshmallow Root coats the esophagus and protects it from acid.

Its anti-inflammatory effect may also help relieve skin irritations. It has antibacterial activity that may make it effective in wound healing.

Marshmallow Root can act as a painkiller (analgesic). It contains emollient properties making it an excellent choice for soothing irritation. It contains antioxidant properties. Published reviews/studies show that the root of Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow Root) plant has antitussive and pain relieving effects. Its anti-inflammatory properties are well documented. It has been used for centuries to treat inflammatory disorders.

Interstitial Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder wall. Many women, myself included, have found this natural herb to be a very effective remedy for this condition. I always have this herb supplement in the house and have been an advocate for three years now. 

As always consult with your doctor before adding a supplement to your diet.

Please feel free to comment and share your personal experience with Marshmallow Root. I will be sharing the benefits of other amazing herbs shortly so please keep connected for future posts. Knowledge and sharing helps others.

Quote for this post: “A healthy outside starts from the inside” (Robert Urich)

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