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    Hi, Has anyone tried this for IC? I'm asking for a friend who's on sick leave from work with an IC flare and doesn't have a computer at home. Her main symptoms are frequency & mild burning. She's tried all available anti-cholonergics here which either haven't helped, or helped a bit and caused unbearable side affects. She wants to try the Oxybutynin Patch but we can't get it here in NZ.

    I hope someone can give us some info. We both vaguely remember Black Cohosh being mentioned on this site before but can't find it now.


  • #2
    If you click on the search word at the top of the screen, you can type in black cohosh for your search word and search all topics.
    I did it and got back five topics where this was mentioned.
    A few have tried it and liked it. So see if searching it that way will come up for you.
    Good luck!
    Tons of support,

    IC angel helping families in need for the holidays. [email protected]


    • #3
      Black Cohosh is an herb that has estrogenic properties. I have heard of it used for menopause, and even for conditions such as PCOS and ammenorhea. I dont know how it would treat IC. I suppose if the IC is part of a hormone imbalance, as I believe IC can be, it might help. But there is no guarentee with that.

      I tried Black Cohosh after going off birth control pills to help induce my period (I didnt get it for nine months!) I believe it helped with IC was in somewhat of a remission at the didnt irritate my bladder....but I dont think it got rid of my IC symptoms, I attribute my remission to the accupuncturist I was seeing and the chinese herbs I was taking at the time.

      Hope this helps some.
      In a flare, I do LOTS and LOTS of water, almond milk (alkinalizes the urine) and if Im in a real bad place I will make a tea of licorice root, other herb I would have to look up.....and marshamallow root. The marshmallow root is the real helpful ingrediant. You do not boil it (like you do the licorice root) you make a cold infusion with spring water. It is a mucilaginous herb, meaning it will make an "infusion" that is slippery...I think this helps to coat the bladder as well. I also eat a VERY bland diet (more bland than usual) until my flare subsides.

      I hope your friend is feeling better very very soon. Hugs,
      "Well the Secret O'Life is enjoying the passage of time." ~James Taylor


      • #4
        I tried it for about 4 months. It didn't make a difference with me. I did start to get headaches which went away when I stopped it. So be careful, as I understand that headaches can be a side effect.