This post is designed to assist you in the understanding of medications and treatments that may be used in relation to IC. It is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical care. In all cases, the ICA recommends that you consult your own physician regarding any course of treatment or medication. Any products described should not be construed as recommended or endorsed by the ICA.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that have been used to treat arthritis, burns, and many other conditions for centuries. Aloe vera is also thought to promote healing of the bladder lining, which can be defective in many IC patients. 



A rectal suppository composed of belladonna, which has sedative, anticholinergic, and antispasmodic properties. Can cause dry mouth, drowsiness, urinary retention, dizziness, blurred vision, constipation, nausea, or itching, and can be habit forming. Should be used with caution by people with glaucoma, heart disease, or prostate enlargement.


Belladonna, or deadly nightshade, receives its name from its popularity as cosmetic eye drops derived from its berries used to increase the pupil size.

In Italian belladonna translates as beautiful woman.
Belladona is one of the ingredients involved in making flying ointment - a herbal salve composed of different plants that are often deadly when ingested, but when applied topically impart the hallucinatory sensation of flight.