Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) offers new approaches to managing chronic pain conditions like interstitial cystitis (IC). However, there is a lack of published findings on the use of CAM for controlling IC symptoms, including pelvic pain with associated urinary frequency and urgency.
To glean new insights, the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA)
surveyed IC patients on their use of CAM therapies. Data collected from
2,101 individuals, including 1,982 with a confirmed IC diagnosis, was
analyzed by The Pelvic and Sexual Health Institute of Philadelphia.
The survey turned out to be the largest ever of patients with IC in a
scientific study. The article “Interstitial Cystitis Patients’ Use and
Rating of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies,” published
in the November 2012 issue of the International Urogynecology Journal, summarizes the findings.
“A great number of respondents had tried CAM—84 percent. Of much
interest is the finding that over half, 55 percent, of physicians
recommended CAM to their IC patients,” said Barbara Gordon, executive
director of the Interstitial Cystitis Association and one of the authors
of the article. “Sixty-three percent of patients reported discussing
the safety and effectiveness of a CAM therapy with their doctor, nurse
Source - Interstitial Cystitis Association