Prostatitis is a condition characterized by chronic infection and/or inflammation of the prostate gland. It primarily occurs in males age 20 to 50, although it can occur at any age.
Note: Conventional medicine typically treats cases of prostatitis using antibiotics. Not only can such drugs cause various side effects, they are also completely ineffective for treating prostatitis that is not due to bacterial infection.
Types of Prostatitis
There are two types of prostatitis—chronic and acute. Chronic prostatitis, as its name suggests, is on-going or recurring, while acute prostatitis tends to be more passing in nature.
Symptoms of both acute and chronic prostatitis typically involve tenderness and pain in the prostate gland that can be accompanied by lower back pain, chills, fatigue, fever, and/or blood or pus in the urine. In some cases, the flow of urine can also become obstructed, similar to what happens in cases of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). When this happens, there is a risk of kidney problems developing, including kidney failure. Prostatitis can also cause or exacerbate impotence, as well as pain in the anus and genitals.
Other symptoms include pain and/or a burning sensation during urination, as well as a discharge of pus from the penis following bowel movements. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and, in cases of chronic prostatitis, can also be intermittent, flaring up and then disappearing before flaring up again a few days or weeks later.
Caution: In most cases, symptoms of chronic prostatitis are less severe than those of acute prostatitis, which can lead men to ignore them and forego proper treatment. This can be dangerous because, left untreated, chronic prostatitis can lead to more severe complications, such as epididymitis (an inflammation of the epididymis, the tube that runs along the back of the testicles) and orchitis (a painful swelling of the testicles), as well as complete bladder obstruction and prostate stones.
Factors that can cause prostatitis include bacterial infection, especially from E. coli bacteria, and fungal, parasite (Chlamydia) and viral infections. Bacterial infections are most commonly the cause of acute prostatitis, while fungi, parasites, and viruses are most often associated with chronic prostatitis.
Other potential causes include food allergies, chronic low-grade dehydration, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, and prostate enlargement (BPH). Some men may also develop prostatitis as a result of frequent sexual activity, especially with multiple partners, since frequent sex can cause vital enzymes and nutrients such as zinc, which are necessary to keep the male urinary tract sterilized, to become depleted in the prostate gland. Alcohol, caffeine, and the regular consumption of spicy foods can also result in prostatitis.
Prevention is the best approach for dealing with BPH, as well as for all other male health conditions associated with the prostate and male sex organs. This includes having a regular (yearly) physical examination with both a digital rectal exam and, for men over 40, a blood test to determine your PSA (prostate specific antigen) score, which screens for signs of prostate enlargement. (Note: The PSA test is also commonly used to screen for prostate cancer, but in recent years has been found to be ineffective for this purpose, to the point where even its developer no longer recommends that it be used as a marker for prostate cancer.) Other useful diagnostic tests you can consider, depending on your symptoms, include urinalysis, ultrasound, and other blood tests that can help determine you immune status. Hormone testing should also be considered for all men over 40 years old.
Other preventive measures include eating a healthy diet, proper nutritional supplementation, and regular (at least three times per week) exercise. In addition, practice safe sex, using a condom to avoid infection.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. The section Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.
- Invest in a shower filter, as it is important to avoid heavy metals and pesticide residues being absorbed into the skin. Go to www.ewaterdeal.com for a recommended shower filter attachment.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide. shoppingcart.purehealthsystems.com/?Click=4464
Get screened for food allergies and sensitivities, and then avoid eating those foods you are allergic or sensitive to. Allergy testing, NAET
Increase liquids such as filtered water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, and immune enhancing herbal teas like astragalus (a Chinese herb) or nettle (8-10 cups per day).
Drink water with the juice of one fresh squeezed lemon upon rising and before going to bed.
If your abscess is chronic, eat plenty of organic berries (fresh or frozen) or drink berry leaf teas.
Include plenty of steamed leafy green vegetables and sea vegetables into your diet to ensure a good supply of vitamins and minerals needed for healing.
Eat fresh pineapple, it contains bromelain, which is very effective at reducing inflammation.
Eliminate all stressor foods from your diet, especially refined sugars, fried foods and alcohol for at least two weeks.
The following all contribute to a poor diet and will slow down the healing process so also adhere to this list:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- The following nutrients are useful for treating abscess and can be used in combination with each other: vitamin A (50,000 IU for two weeks), beta carotene (100,000 IU for two weeks), B-complex vitamin formula, vitamin C (5-10 grams daily), and zinc (60 mg daily for two weeks).
- Take Alli-C (super powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasite garlic capsules) – 4 capsules three times a day should be taken for the entire four months. 1 capsule is the equivalent to 40 cloves of garlic (without the breath to go with it).
- Additional supplements that can be considered include liquid chlorophyll and proteolytic enzymes (taken on an empty stomach).
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day nc.vitaminstrength.com for periods of 4 weeks at a time to fight infection in the body.
- Take a good probiotic such as FiveLac – one packet three times a day to support healthy intestinal flora.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here
Prescription and non-prescription medication
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere
Your practitioner may suggest herbs such as Ashwagandha, an Ayurvedic herb, can help to relieve symptoms, as can the herbal combinations amla, triphala, neem, and shilajit.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
TCM practitioners consider prostate problems to be caused by a combination of stress, nutritional deficiencies, low hormone levels, and diminished kidney function. To resolve such problems, they recommend a treatment program that includes Acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbs, such as ginseng and lotus seed, meditation, and Tai chi and Qigong.
Prostatitis is also considered to be due to conditions of damp heat by TCM practitioners. To counteract damp heat, TCM practitioners will often employ herbs that promote the removal of dampness and excess water, such as polyporus, akebia, or cephalanoplos, and Dianthus formulas.
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
The following essential oils can help to reduce symptoms – bergamot, chamomile, sandalwood, and tea tree oil. A few drops of the oils can be added to bath water and stirred well then enjoyed for a minimum of 15 minutes to allow the oils to penetrate into the skin.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Apis mellifica, causticum, chiaphilla umbellate, clematis, lycopodium pulsatilla and thuja.
Useful herbs for preventing and treating prostatitis include Echinacea, green tea, oregano oil, saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), Pygeum africanum, and nettle root (Urtica diocia). Milk thistle can also be helpful because of its ability to detoxify the liver and improve hormone balance.
Chimaphila umbellata, or pipsissewa, an evergreen plant, can also be helpful, especially for chronic prostatitis, as can horsetail and uva ursi, all of which have potent antiseptic properties.
Curtail all sexual activity, including masturbation in order to allow the prostate to renew itself and to keep the infection from spreading further.
Be sure to exercise regularly, at least three times a week for 30 minutes each time.
Take care to properly manage stress and reduce your overall stress levels, as stress can negatively affect healthy immune function.
In addition, drink an 8-ounce glass of pure, filtered water every two hours during the day to help flush out your urinary tract and keep it properly hydrated.
Flower Essences: Crab Apple and Pine can both be useful for men with prostate problems.
Juice Therapy: Combine red cabbage, celery, and lettuce juice, and drink 8 ounces twice a day.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Alternative Professional Care
Other useful therapies for preventing and treating BPH include Acupressure, Biofeedback Training and Neurotherapy, Bodywork (Feldenkrais Method, Reflexology, Shiatsu), Chelation Therapy (to improve overall circulation and detoxify heavy metals), Chiropractic, Detoxification Therapy, Energy Medicine (Light Beam Generator, Ondamed), Guided Imagery and Visualization, Magnet Therapy, Mind/Body Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Saw Palmetto, Pumpkin seed oil Prostate Oil Treatment BPH symptoms www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dg0THKpp80&feature=related
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Saw Palmetto shrinks prostate www.herbs.org/current/sawshrink.html
Benefits of sharon fruit: www.livestrong.com/article/292411-vitamins-in-sharon-fruit/
Further Information (links and books)
Prostate Health In 90 Days: Without Drugs or Surgery: Cure Your Prostate Now Without Drugs or Surgery by Larry Clapp.
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna
The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Ashwaganda, Ayurveda Organics
Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens)
www.jarrow.com (310) 204-6936
www.gaiaherbs.com (800) 831-7780
www.jarrow.com (310) 204-6936
Vitamin C, Pure Radient C
www.thesynergycompany.com (800) 723-0277
Amino Acid Therapy, Amino acid L-arginine
www.twinlab.com (800) 645-5626
Garlic Extract, Kyolic capsules
www.kyolic.com (800) 421-2998
Glandular therapy, Wobenzym N
www.buywobenzym.com (800) 560-2943
Soft Laser Therapy, Q1000 Soft Laser
www.softlasertherapy.org (803) 955-0178
Betaine HCl Pepsin Gentian Root Extract
Dietary Supplement, Prostate Health Complex
www.gselight.com (561) 615-4701
Dietary Supplement, Prostanix
www.nutritionalsciencelabs.com (888) 886-4486
Dietary Supplement, Ultimate Prostate Support
www.realadvantagenutrients.com (800) 913-2602
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
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Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.