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OVERVIEW OF CYSTITIS
I. Physiological Considerations
Cystitis, or inflammation of the bladder, is brought
about by a number of conditions which act in such a way as to disturb
the circulation through the kidney and bladder area, resulting in congestion,
stasis, and at times outright infection of the tissues. Cystitis
is more often a reaction of the bladder to a diseased state occurring
elsewhere in the body than a distinct disease in itself. A single
cause or a number of factors acting together may bring about one or more
of the symptoms of burning and frequency of urination, spasm of the bladder
and bladder neck, a sensation of heaviness in the bladder area, difficulty
in emptying the bladder and in retention of urine. Pus, blood, or
protein may or may not be present in the urine.
The bladder, an organ assisting the kidneys in the
elimination of waste products, is sensitive to the many imbalances that
may occur in the eliminative systems of the body. It may react to
burdens placed upon the liver in its efforts to rid the body of toxic
products through the kidneys; or it, as well as the urethra, may become
irritated in a more direct manner from the passage of certain poisons
and waste products being eliminated from the hepatic circulation by the
kidneys. Too high a concentration of either acid or alkaline substances
passing through the bladder and urethra are frequently mentioned as causes
A survey of the readings reveals that most cases of
cystitis are associated with disease states in other parts of the body
which act in such a way as to disturb the hepatic circulation. In
very few cases was cystitis the only, or even the major, condition for
which a reading was given.
The hepatic or portal circulation is that part of
the venous circulation that flows from the organs of digestion through
the liver before returning to the heart via the inferior vena cava.
The kidneys also comprise a part of the hepatic circulation.
As an organ (for the more perfect understanding
of the body, for this may be disputed by some), the liver and kidneys
form the hepatic circulation. The blood supply of the whole body
goes through the liver twice, even to once through the heart.
Disturbances in the hepatic circulation may be brought
about by a rather wide variety of causes, due not only to the many and
varied functions of the liver but also to the rather close coordination
between the liver and kidneys.
Then there is that circulation called the hepatic,
as indicated, wherein there is the coordinant reaction between the liver
and the kidneys. The liver is an excretory as well as a secretive
organ. The kidneys are secretive and take from the system, also
from the liver and from the general circulation of the whole abdominal
area, poisons that are not eliminated through other ways and manners.
When toxic forces arise in the body from the inflammation
through the abdominal area, or through the uterus itself, combined with
the disturbances through lack of proper eliminations in the alimentary
canal, then we have a sparse activity of the bladder or of the kidneys
through the bladder. Then this produces in the body an irritation,
owing to the great excess of acidity, that produces a burning even through
the clitoris and the mouth of the uterus and in the portions of the body.
This is not an indication that the kidneys are involved
but that the activity of the whole hepatic circulation and the organs
or eliminations through these portions of the system become involved in
The causes of disturbances to the hepatic circulation
as given in the readings are too numerous and too diverse in nature to
be included as a comprehensive part of this discussion. They include
such imbalances to the system as infection and congestion in the liver
and gall duct areas (815-1, 882-2 and 1446-1), a torpid liver (19-1 and
3050-1), cirrhosis (2729-2), prolapsed descending colon (69-3), improper
colon eliminations combined with uterine inflammation (1140-2), disturbances
in the red cell element of the blood (2729-2, 3050-1 and 3822-1), cerebrospinal
lesions (2462-1 and 3822-1), adhesions causing a thinning in the lacteal
duct areas of the jejunum (2050-1), and emotional disturbances (2402-1).
We have at times the condition with the lower portion
of the hepatic circulation; when the kidneys are affected, not other than
sympathetically, in their attempt to aid in the elimination of these toxic
forces that are created in the body. A burning through the urethra,
with the evacuation of the bladder, occurs at times.
These are from a form of acidity...
The liver torpid in its activity, as is the stress
at times and overactivity of the kidneys and the hepatic circulation -
pressure on bladder at times painful when passing of urine at times, or
burning. This an overacid reaction, and the effects of the disturbance
as is seen in that portion of system as given. (19-1)
In the following case, overalkalinity is found to
be the cause:
There has been a gradual increasing in the lack
of activity of the liver and gall duct area, with the accumulation not
of stones but of gravel in the gall duct itself. This tends to produce
activities that prevent a normal elimination and the normal flow of the
gastric juices that keep certain elements out of the system by the poor
assimilation; making then rather a complex reaction. For there have
been those quantities of foods and of medicinal properties that have caused
an excess alkalinity. Thus the reaction existing between the circulation
in liver and kidneys is gradually, through this alkalinity, causing irritation
to the bladder and the tubes through which the urine passes.
In general the bladder, when it becomes inflamed,
may be regarded more often as the victim of disease rather than the source.
II. Rationale of Therapy
Since most cases of cystitis in the readings result
from some disturbance to the hepatic circulation, the rationale of therapy
will center mostly around efforts to improve the hepatic circulation and
coordinate the function of the organ systems, and the specific relief
of bladder inflammation and discomfort.
Whenever a diseased condition occurring elsewhere
in the body is found to be disturbing the hepatic circulation or otherwise
contributing to bladder inflammation, treatment is directed toward relieving
the cause. This would indicate that a thorough physical examination
at the beginning of the undertaking is usually essential to the overall
treatment and ultimate cure.
Efforts are made to eliminate any irritating or toxic
elements present in the system. Good bowel habits should be established
and maintained in all cases. Adequate removal of the accumulated
toxic refuse from the lower bowel makes a thorough cleansing by enemas
or colonics necessary in many instances. Ample fluid intake is essential
in aiding the kidneys in their elimination of toxic waste products.
The diet should be kept on the alkaline side to correct
the acid tendencies which more often accompany disturbances in hepatic
circulation. At least six to eight glasses of water are prescribed
in the daily diet as well as a plentiful supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Caution is given against the use of white bread, starchy foods, and too
much fried foods and sweets, all of which contribute toward an overacidity
in the system. Carbonated beverages should not be taken in any quantity
except as prescribed.
Osteopathic adjustments help to stimulate the blood
and lymph circulation in the disturbed areas to assist in the more efficient
removal of accumulated waste products. This is one of the first
steps necessary in assisting the body in its repair of the damaged tissues
and restoration of balance to the system. Various physical therapies
and local applications of counterirritants are used in some instances
to aid in stimulating circulation. Hydrotherapy and cabinet baths
are, when indicated, usually prescribed in close conjunction with thorough
cleansing of the colon so as to coordinate the elimination of wastes from
the system more completely.
Watermelon seed tea, which contains a preferred form
of nitre, is often used to help purify and clear the activity of the kidneys.
Q-1. What is the condition of the kidneys?
A-1. As just indicated, this is an incoordination between the
eliminating systems. Thus the necessity of that character or quality
of nitre as may be obtained from watermelon seed tea. (2434-2)
In general throughout the readings it is advised that
very little carbonated beverages be taken; however, a little Coca Cola
syrup is advised in those instances where there tends to be an acidity
in the urine. This acts in much the same way as watermelon seed
Afterward - that is, for that day, or for that
evening use a little of the watermelon seed tea; this will help to purify.
Or if desirable drink Coca Cola - a little Coca Cola; this will act almost
in the same way and manner in purifying or clearing the ducts through
the kidneys, and thus reduce the general forces and influence there.
Local therapy consists of using an antiseptic solution
such as Glyco-Thymoline for feminine douching and for general application
over the pubic area in the form of hot packs. Atomidine when prescribed
as a douche solution (1140-2), included in the Circulating File on cystitis,
is stated to act in such a manner as to work directly upon the hepatic
circulation, acting not only as a cleansing solution for inflammatory
conditions but aiding in the functioning of all the reproductive glands
that become irritated or inflamed.
A combination of laudanum and aconite can be applied
to the skin locally for relief of pain. Laudanum is a tincture of
opium. Aconite is described in Dorland's Medical Dictionary as a
poisonous drug whose systemic use has been largely abandoned. It
is a cardiac and respiratory sedative, analgesic, diaphoretic, and diuretic.
Its active principle is aconitine.
III. Suggested Therapeutic Regimen
Since the underlying causes of cystitis are often
complex and involve imbalances in other parts of the body, no system of
treatment should be undertaken in those cases of chronic or recurrent
cystitis until there has first been a complete physical examination.
Specific treatment of the underlying disease will of course depend on
the diagnosis made.
More general therapy consists of improving the eliminations
and balancing the diet, using nitre in the form of watermelon seed tea,
stimulating the circulation, and further coordinating the activities of
the various organs through osteopathic adjustments and physical therapy,
and using medicinal douches and/or local applications for the relief of
pain and irritation. (These will be taken up and elaborated on separately.)
Good bowel eliminations are essential to successful
therapy. One of the milder laxatives such as senna is often prescribed.
Senna acts with the digestive forces to produce the proper condition within
the blood that is to be carried through the hepatic circulation. (3972-
1) Certain foods such as figs, dates, raisins, prunes, pieplant [rhubarb],
and stewed fruits are also advised for their laxative qualities.
A particular combination is prescribed in reading 2050-1.
Then follow the regular diets that aid in eliminations.
Use such as figs; or a combination of figs and dates would be an excellent
diet to be taken often. Prepare same in this manner:
1 cup black or Assyrian
figs, chopped, cut or ground very fine;
1 cup dates chopped very
1/2 cup yellow corn meal
(not too finely ground).
Cook this combination in 2 or 3 cups of water until
the consistency of mush. Such a dish as part of the diet often will
be as an aid to better eliminations, as well as carrying those properties
that will aid in building better conditions throughout the alimentary
Harsher laxative compounds are sometimes suggested.
First we would begin with a series of cleansing
properties, prepared in this manner. Prepare at least six (6) capsules,
with this amount in each capsule:
Podophyllin, 1/4 grain
Leptandrin, 1 grain
Sanguinaria, 1 grain
These would be taken one each evening, until all
six are taken.
During this period take little besides liquids or
semi-liquids in the diet. And do drink at least six to eight glasses
of water each day. (3050-1)
Podophyllin, of course, is a contact irritant.
Leptandrin acts directly with the functioning of the lower intestinal
tract. (3972-1) In the same reading sanguinaria is stated
to produce the condition necessary to cause the flow of blood through
the lower portion of the body.
If a more thorough cleansing of the lower bowel is
indicated, then professionally administered enemas or colonics are used.
Then we would use the enemas, rather the colon
enemas; not too often, but so that the body may be cleansed from toxic
forces that naturally arise from this inactivity through the system.
Do not use such large quantities of water, but use a saline solution that
through these manners of application will add an element that will form
with the natural secretions of the body, as well as the oils. Not
those that would make for a collecting of influences through the alimentary
canal (as those that carry the paraffin in same), but rather small quantities
of olive oil; that would be not only a food for the intestinal system
but would - in such minute quantities - be assimilated without causing
In using the colonics, combine the solutions in
this manner: To each quart of tepid water that would be used, use a level
tablespoonful of salt and half a tablespoonful of baking soda; this well
dissolved before it is used. (1140-2)
At times an antiseptic solution such as Lavoris or
Glyco-Thymoline is used in the enema or colonic solution with a tablespoonful
to a gallon or gallon and a half of water.
The matter of diet relates primarily to the acid-alkaline
balance of the system. In most cases of cystitis - and especially
where there is a disturbance of the hepatic circulation - the system has
a tendency to be overly acidic. Hence, the diet is generally alkaline
As to the diets - these are very well if kept in
a balance of at least eighty percent alkaline-producing to twenty percent
of the acid-producing. This would then indicate not great quantities
of sugars or of sweets, though honey may be taken. But beware of
cakes or icing or great quantities of sugar or candy. Honey, especially
with the honeycomb, may be taken as the sweets. Not a great quantity
ever, of course, of fried foods. Not great quantities ever, of course,
of fried foods. Not great quantities ever of white bread, but rather
use rye or whole wheat or the like - these are the more preferable.
As to the diet - after the period of the cleansing
of the alimentary canal, and making for the activity of the liver, the
spleen, the kidneys, as to their general activity - there should not be
a great deal of meat. Never any hog meat, except occasionally a
little crisp bacon may be taken. Fish, fowl and lamb should be the
meats, and these not every day and never fried.
Leafy vegetables are preferable to the tuberous
or bulbous nature. A raw salad should be one meal each day, or at
least part of same. Include raw carrots, lettuce, celery, watercress,
and especially beet tops. These may all be taken raw, if properly
prepared. For this particular body, these would be better in bulk
than just taking the juices of same; though for some bodies the juices
would be better.
As for breads - only cornbread, using the yellow
meal, with egg, and whole wheat bread. These are preferable.
A method for obtaining a rough idea of the acidity
or alkalinity of the system is given in one of the readings.
A general activity for a body in much of a normal
condition is to keep the acidity and the alkalinity in a proper balance.
The best manner to indicate this is to test the alkalinity or acidity
of the body through the salivary glands or through the salivary gland
membranes, or by taking the litmus paper in the mouth. This also
may be indicated through the urine.
Whenever there is disturbance with this, if it is
in the glands themselves, then take citrocarbonate - that is, if it is
indicated in the salivary glands that there is an acidity, then take a
small quantity of citrocarbonate. If the acidity is indicated through
the kidneys, or from the urine itself, then drink a little of the carbonated
waters, as would be indicated with Coca Cola - but that which is bottled
is the better; or use a little of the watermelon seed tea. Either
of these would tend to make for a balance. (540-11)
Osteopathic adjustments, at the discretion of professional
judgment, tend to be given in the areas of the ninth dorsal, which leads
to the solar plexus, and to the lumbar and sacral segments of the spine
which innervate the pelvic area. Lesions of the spine most often
affecting the hepatic circulation are found in the lower dorsal area.
Stimulation of circulation to promote better coordination
throughout the system is further aided by physical therapy. This
includes hydrotherapy treatments and peanut oil massage (see 2462-1).
Where cystitis was in part due to improper oxidation of the blood as manifested
by excessive tiredness and weakness, a program of physical therapy was
After these properties have reacted upon the system,
begin with hydrotherapy treatments. When giving the First two or
three, watch the pulsations - or the heart's activity. Each treatment
should include a mild cabinet sweat, first beginning with dry heat.
Then add to this the fumes from witch hazel, by using a teaspoonful of
witch hazel in the open boiler or croup cup of boiling water in the cabinet,
inside the cabinet with the lights, you see, though the lights would be
turned off after the water begins to boil and after the body has been
slightly heated from sitting in the cabinet. Use a teaspoonful of
the witch hazel to four ounces of water. These should be taken every
week until ten or twelve are taken.
Follow each fume bath with a hot and then cold shower.
Sitz baths would also be well for the body. This will aid in alleviating
the tendencies in the rectal area for those disturbances there, as well
as through the lower lumbar area.
These should be followed by a thorough rubdown with
a combination of three parts olive oil and one part oil of pine needles,
thoroughly mixed. Massage this thoroughly into the spine, especially
across the area of the diaphragm and the liver, close over the spleen
and the abdominal area. (3050-1)
In reading 882-2 massage - using a compound of equal
parts heated mutton suet, spirits of turpentine, spirits of camphor and
compound tincture of benzoin as a counterirritant - is applied to the
lower dorsal and lumbar spine and across the abdomen, followed by application
of a heated salt pack to the area. A hot salt pack is preferred
to a heating pad as a source of local heat and is said to help carry those
properties through the pores that would enable the body to overcome congestion
in the area. The same is indicated in the following reading:
Q-1. What causes and what can be done for burning in the bladder?
A-1. The improper circulation. Apply Glyco-Thymoline packs
over the pubic area...
Use three to four thicknesses of cotton cloth saturated with the Glyco-Thymoline
for the packs. Place salt heat over same; not an electric pad, but
salt heated in a sack or bag and laid over the Glyco-Thymoline pack.
These will ease and relieve these tensions. (3469-1)
For relief of pain it was frequently advised that
the area be painted with a combination of three parts laudanum to one
part aconite, then followed with the application of a hot salt pack.
When there are acute pains across the bladder,
then we would apply hot packs of heavy salt. First paint the area,
though, with a combination of three parts laudanum to one part aconite,
which as we find would give relief. Then apply the heavy salt, heated
and put in a sack or bag, of course. These we find will relieve
and bring the better conditions for this body. (1446-1)
Glyco-Thymoline douches, using a teaspoonful of Glyco-Thymoline
to a quart of body temperature water, are recommended for occasional use
as well as taking five drops of Glyco-Thymoline in a glass of water one
to three times a week to help relieve the irritation of the bladder. (3469-1)
In cases of vaginal or pelvic inflammation an Atomidine douch is indicated.
Also we would find it well to use the Atomidine
douches, for the irritation through the pelvic organs. These should
be body-temperature. Do not have the water cooler than body-temperature,
nor very much higher. Test same, not by hand but by thermometer.
That means ninety-eight and a half to one hundred or a hundred and one,
not above that. The proportions would be a teaspoonful of the commercial
strength Atomidine to half a gallon of water. Give these at least
every other day, but if there is acute disturbances they may be taken
[Note: The preceding overview was written by Frederick D. Lansford, Jr.,
M.D. and is excerpted from the Physician's Reference Notebook,
Copyright © 1968 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
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