IC Practitioners

Lyme Disease Connection

While I was surfing the internet one evening, I came across an article titled, “The Link Between Interstitial Cystitis and Lyme Disease.”  The article was written by Dr. Bill Rawls.  One of my readers also mentioned that there may be some sort of connection.

Bill Rawls was a practicing OB/Gyn physician.  While treating patients, he became aware of patients who had Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or painful bladder syndrome.  He said that he sympathized with his patients with IC because of the difficulty in treating this disease.  Also, because many physicians did little to help or have the desire to treat these patients, he searched for solutions.


Lyme patients treated by Dr. Rawls  had symptoms of IC, and IC patients had fatigue and symptoms that were present in Lyme patients.  Because of this similarity, he believes that there is some sort of microbial connection.  He stated that he thought Borrelia, mycoplasma, and ureaplasma all are possibly contributors to IC.

Dr. Rawls believes that a person’s immune system is key.  He uses anamu (Petiveria alliacea) to treat mycoplasma and ureaplasma.    Mullaca (Physalis angulata) also is good for mycoplasma.  He talks about the use of essential oils such as tea tree oil and frankincense oil for relief of IC symptoms.

Dr. Rawls is a physician who overcame Lyme disease through natural herbal therapy, and he talks about his chronic Lyme journey.  If you would like to learn more about his story, and his thoughts on the IC and Lyme disease connection, click on the link below.

Dr. Bill Rawls Website


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