April 01, 2019

The 6 Best Teas for Interstitial Cystitis (Ease Inflammation Away)

By Abianne Falla
The 6 Best Teas for Interstitial Cystitis (Ease Inflammation Away)

Alleviating pain from interstitial cystitis, a form of painful bladder syndrome, can be challenging. The right tea can help ease bladder inflammation, reduce pelvic pain, and relieve anxiety. In this guide, we ranked and reviewed the best teas for interstitial cystitis.

If you want to get some for yourself, we have a collection of the best teas for interstitial cystitis right here in tea bags, loose leaf, or iced tea pouches.

What is the Best Tea for Interstitial Cystitis?

1. Yaupon Tea

Yaupon is the only naturally caffeinated plant native to North America. It has unique properties that traditional teas lack. One of these benefits is theobromine, which you may know better in association with chocolate. It’s the compound that makes you feel better when you eat it. It helps elevate your mood and boost your focus and attention. When combined with the caffeine in yaupon, there is a synergistic effect on these benefits, reducing stress that can aggravate interstitial cystitis. 

Benefits:

  • Reduced stress thanks to l-theanine that increases GABA release in the brain and has a relaxing and anxiety-relieving effect.
  • Decreased chronic inflammation via chlorogenic acid (CGA) that has anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve bladder pain and stress.
  • A boost for your immune system from the antioxidants that remove free radicals in your body.

Side Effects:

  • May cause sleeplessness due to caffeine if large amounts of yaupon are consumed all at once.

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2. Kava

Kava is a traditional beverage in the Pacific Islands, especially Polynesia, that is created by grinding up the kava roots and mixing the resulting paste with water. It’s an evergreen plant with heart-shaped leaves. Its traditional use has been for stress reduction and it was shared in social settings. These effects are largely from the kavalactones that decrease anxiety, reduce pain, and may even protect neurons.

Benefits:

  • Reduce anxiety and stress without suffering any withdrawal symptoms.
  • Relieve bladder pain due to the analgesic effects of kava that can numb bladder tissue.
  • Decrease inflammation due to promotion of GABA activity that not only relieves anxiety but reduces histamine release.

Side Effects:

  • May cause liver damage if taken over a long period of time due in part to its interaction with other drugs.

3. Licorice Root Tea

Licorice root has a long history of usage across Asia and Europe, even dating back to the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Made from the root of the licorice plant, it has been used to treat an upset stomach, treat respiratory problems, and decrease inflammation. Contemporarily, people use licorice to remedy acid reflux and other intestinal issues.

Benefits:

  • Soothe bladder walls by increasing blood flow to the mucosal walls and mucosal production, triggering more regeneration and healing.
  • Ease inflammation due to strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Side Effects:

  • May elevate the stress hormone, cortisol production, due to glycyrrhizin accumulation when consumed over long periods of time.

4. Marshmallow Root Tea

Marshmallow is part of the malvaceae plant family which has the distinction of being mucilaginous. This means they have a gelatinous consistency and can be used in recipes to thicken up soups and broths. In the body, they can increase mucus production in mucous membranes. A contributing factor to interstitial cystitis is the breakdown of the mucosal bladder lining and associated organs. Marshmallow tea can contribute to the expansion of mucus in these areas, relieving the inflammation and irritation.

Benefits:

  • Alleviate inflammation that can reduce the pain and swelling of the bladder.
  • Ease pain as a study has found that marshmallow may have analgesic or pain-reducing properties.
  • Relieve urinary tract irritation as studies show marshmallow can relieve internal irritation and cleanse toxins out of the system.

Side Effects:

  • May cause an upset stomach and it should only be consumed for up to four weeks at a time.

5. Ashwagandha Tea

An evergreen shrub traditionally used in India, Africa, and Asia, it is also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry. It has been used to reduce stress and anxiety. It is also now known as an adaptogen, providing overall benefits and health support. An anxiolytic, ashwagandha can help ease stress that may further irritate a painful bladder.

Benefits:

  • Ease stress as multiple studies have shown both self-reported relaxation and reduced levels of cortisol.
  • Decrease pain as it has shown evidence of reducing pain and stiffness as well as decreasing inflammation.

Side Effects:

  • May cause an upset stomach if consumed in large quantities.

6. Green Tea

Green tea is made from the traditional tea plant Camellia sinensis and has not undergone oxidation like black teas. It has a multitude of health benefits including alleviating anxiety and stress. Studies have found that the catechins in green tea were able to protect healthy cells in the bladder and other mucosal linings from inflammation, which can ease the pain from interstitial cystitis.

Benefits:

  • Protect your cells with the polyphenols and catechins from green tea that reduce free radicals that damage your cells.
  • Ease inflammation with antioxidants that remove harmful free radicals and protect your healthy cells.

Side Effects:

  • May cause sleeplessness due to caffeine if large amounts are consumed all at once.

The Bottom Line

Owing to their abilities to ease anxiety and stress, alleviate inflammation and irritation, and their support for healthy cells, these are some of the best teas for interstitial cystitis. They can help soothe symptoms and even reduce possible aggravators of further issues. 

If you want to get our best tasting tea for alleviating interstitial cystitis, check out our organic, naturally caffeinated CatSpring Yaupon tea here.

Medical Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and shouldn’t be taken as medical advice. If you have serious health-related issues you should reach out to a medical professional. While we have studied the scientific research available, this is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.