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Desert Harvest Aloe Vera for IC / PBS

Desert Harvest is the first company to discover the connection between Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome (IC/PBS) and the symptom relieving benefits of Super-Strength Freeze-Dried Oral Aloe Vera.

Desert Harvest sponsored the first double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of oral aloe vera for IC patients and formulates supplements and skin care products that help and support the IC/PBS community find relief and improvement in their day to day lives.

Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera Capsules have been shown in clinical trials to effectively reduce bladder pain, urinary frequency and urgency, pelvic pain and urethral burning that are a part of many bladder disorders, but especially IC/PBS.

IC/PBS is a chronic inflammatory condition of the submucosal and muscular layers of the bladder. The cause of IC/PBS is currently unknown and the condition is regarded as a diagnosis of exclusion.

Because the etiology is unknown, there are no uniformly effective treatments nor is there a cure. Symptoms are similar to an acute urinary tract infection, and include pelvic pain, urethral pain, urinary urgency and urinary frequency.

An estimated 4 to 12 million people in the United States suffer from IC/PBS, 90 percent of whom are women. This is a conservative estimate because many people with IC/PBS are either misdiagnosed or undiagnosed.

Desert Harvest is unique in that the high concentration of nutrients in our Super-Strength Aloe Vera preserves the glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) which adhere to the bladder mucosal lining, preventing potentially irritating solutes in the urine from reaching the bladder wall. Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera coats the bladder with a protective GAG layer naturally, without harsh chemicals or side effects.

Because aloe vera is antibacterial, antifungal, antibiotic, analgesic, anesthetic, antiseptic, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory, and because there are no harsh side effects, it adds many more elements to the pain relief and improvement in day to day life for the IC/PBS sufferer.

This discovery over 25 years ago, and our continued research and development of IC/PBS-friendly supplements and skin care, makes Desert Harvest the source for natural IC/PBS solutions. Read what others say about Desert Harvest.

The Urology Wellness Center in Rockville, Maryland, conducted a Phase I double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera capsules with IC/BPS patients. The results showed that:

  • 87.5% of the patients who completed the study received relief from at least some of their symptoms
  • 50% received significant relief from all or most of their symptoms and were able to return to a more normal lifestyle.
  • Only one patient did not respond within the first 30 days

In 2002, Dr. Kristene E. Whitmore M.D. published Complementary and Alternative Therapies as Treatment Approaches for Interstitial Cystitis citing Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera among the nutraceuticals effective for managing IC symptoms.  

According to a 2016 survey, 660 Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera customers responded:

  • 92% of patients self-reported that they ‘experienced relief’ with concentrated oral aloe vera.
  • 63% of patients reported substantial improvement in urgency and frequency of urination
  • 69% of patients reported substantial improvement in pelvic pain
  • 68% of patients reported substantial improvement in urethral burning

Learn more about IC/PBS and other conditions