Description & Causes
Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate, which is a male sexual gland. In chronic cases, there may be pain without inflammation. In younger men, the usual cause is a bacterial infection from another area of the body which has affected the prostate. Some believe it may be the result of bacteria in the urine leaking into the prostate. Immune system disorders, injury to the prostate or immediate area, yeast or fungal infections may also contribute to this condition.
Pain between the scrotum and rectum (perineum), frequent urination accompanied by a burning sensation (dysuria) and blood or pus in the urine are common symptoms. Difficulty urinating, dribbling, hesitation or urgency are popular complaints. Pain and discomfort in the penis or testicles is often a symptom of prostatitis.
Long-term prostatitis may also include lower back pain, fever, premature ejaculation, or loss of potency. As prostatitis becomes more advanced, urination becomes increasingly difficult. Painful orgasms often occur.
Increasing fluid intake meets the increased bodily needs during infection. It also stimulates the flow of urine which is a very important step to take for improvement of conditions. Urinary retention can often result in cystitis and possible kidney infections.
Increased caloric and protein intake is key during fever and infection, as it helps to replace lost body tissues and energy. A well-balanced diet, along with the avoidance of alcoholic beverages, spicy foods and cold weather exposure when prostatitis is present is recommended.
Some alternative treatments are short-term (20 minute) hot sitz-baths, heat/ice application, frequent ejaculation, massage and acupuncture.
Nutrients that may be beneficial in the treatment of prostatitis are as follows:
Some of the herbs that may be helpful in treating prostatitis are:
- Horsetail (increases the production of urine and shrinks inflamed mucosal tissues, particularly in the prostate)
- Pau D' Arco
- Saw Palmetto
- Yucca (recommended for urethritis and prostatitis)