Two complementary and alternative therapies that have shown some promise in treating interstitial cystitis include:
- Guided imagery. This type of therapy employs visualization and direct suggestions using imagery to help you imagine healing, with the hope that the body will follow the mind's suggestions.
- Acupuncture. During an acupuncture session, a practitioner places numerous thin needles in your skin at specific points on your body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, precisely placed acupuncture needles relieve pain and other symptoms by rebalancing the flow of life energy. Western medical practitioners tend to believe that acupuncture boosts the activity of your body's natural painkillers.
These treatments have not been well-studied for interstitial cystitis, so be sure to discuss the use of these therapies with your doctor.
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