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Effective Acupuncture Treatment for Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the bladder, which frequently causes severe pain and increased urinary frequency. Although it is not a rare condition, interstitial cystitis is often misdiagnosed in the early stages of disease.

Women are affected by interstitial cystitis more often than men. Sometimes, the symptoms worsen around the time of a woman's menstrual cycle. Due to this timing of symptoms, the condition may be misdiagnosed as premenstrual syndrome or endometriosis. For many patients, symptoms may occur intermittently or chronically for years before the correct diagnosis is made.

Many patients with interstitial cystitis experience persistent pain even with medications. Unfortunately, most patients experience a progressive worsening of symptoms (or an increase in frequency of symptoms) unless an effective treatment is provided.

How We Can Help

Our practice provides effective, specialized acupuncture treatments for interstitial cystitis. Many of our patients with interstitial cystitis have experienced 80-100% improvement in their symptoms without any side-effects. Depending on the severity of your case, treatment typically takes 1-3 months, with gradual and steady improvement during that time. Treatments are often scheduled weekly or every other week.

Acupuncture research at Harvard Medical School and many other institutions around the world have determined that acupuncture has profound effects on the body's physiology. These include a wide range of molecular and cellular effects on the immune system, nervous system, endocrine system, and growth-regulatory systems.

As an acupuncturist and holistic health practitioner, Dr. Windsor uses the latest research to find solutions for patients with interstitial cystitis. During treatment for interstitial cystitis, it is sometimes necessary to address another underlying reason for the occurrence of symptoms. We will create an integrated treatment strategy for your unique concerns and conditions. We welcome the opportunity to partner with you, and with your other medical providers, in order to help you achieve a cure.
"In my experience, while it does not work for everyone, some patients with interstitial cystitis experience very dramatic and apparently permanent or long-lasting improvements with acupuncture. According to our historical data, the likelihood that our treatment will be successful is higher in patients with classic Hunner lesions. I will continue to evaluate new strategies for patients with interstitial cystitis in the absence of Hunner lesions."

Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac.

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About Maryland Holistics

Maryland Holistics LLC is the private practice of Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac., L.Ac. Our serene, professional office is located in Ellicott City, MD. Maryland Holistics has provided care to thousands of satisfied customers since opening in 2009. Dr. Windsor is a preferred provider in the CareFirst, Blue Cross Blue Shield, GEHA, and United Healthcare networks.

3525 Ellicott Mills Dr., Ste E
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: 301-588-5858
Fax: 443-308-5690