How to Ease Prostatitis Naturally
Prostatitis is a general term used to describe inflammation in the prostate. It is common in men over the age of 40 and can have many causes. There are several different types of prostatitis:
- Acute bacterial prostatitis
- Chronic bacterial prostatitis
- Chronic prostatitis without infection and
- Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis
Only 5-10% of cases are caused by bacteria, picked up through food poisoning, urinary tract infections, after prostate surgery or as a sexually transmitted disease. Other causes of prostatitis include fungal infections, parasites or may be the result of poor fluid drainage from the prostate.
Types of Prostatitis
Acute bacterial prostatitis can be spread as a sexually transmitted disease, through the blood stream or as a side effect after a prostate biopsy. Symptoms include a temperature and fever, cold chills and shaking along with a frequency to urinate similar to a bladder infection.
Chronic bacterial prostatitis has few external symptoms but may be accompanied by a bladder infection and inflammation on examination.
Chronic prostatitis without infection is more difficult to diagnose. It causes pain in the pelvic region, testicles or rectum and may trigger problems with impotence. Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis has no symptoms apart from the inflammation. Most types of prostatitis can only be accurately diagnosed with a urine test. In some cases a blood test, x-ray or CT scan may be required.
Where prostatitis is caused by a bacterial infection, an antibiotic may clear up the problem, but those with chronic prostatitis (lasting three months or more) find that eventually even repeat antibiotics do not provide relief. In many cases a more natural treatment, such as taking prostate supplements, is required to counter the fungus or inflammation, reducing the symptoms and bringing pain relief.
Natural Treatment for Prostatitis
Carvacrol is a natural antimicrobial compound found in oregano. It has the power to kill or inhibit bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi making it an excellent choice for treating prostatitis, whatever the cause may be.
In some cases, carvacrol is effective particularly against some of the drug-resistant strains of bacteria. Carvacrol is a strong inhibitor against E.coli, which according to the ""Professional Guide to Diseases"" is the cause of 80% of all cases of prostatitis. Not only is it effective in treating inflammation of the prostate, it also is effective in bladder and urinary tract infections including candida. It is 150% more effective than nystatin, the leading drug used in the treatment of candida, and it counters inflammation as effectively as the commonly prescribed drug ibroprufen.
Other natural aids to treat prostatitis include oil of oregano, an essential oil which is known for its antiseptic properties. Olive leaf extract, thymol and quercetin, a powerful flavonoid, all help reduce inflammation in the prostate.
Many sufferers of prostatitis have found that adopting an anti-inflammatory diet can help ease the painful symptoms. Try cutting out foods high in saturated fat such as red meat and dairy foods. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and refined sugars as they are known to aggravate inflammation. Eliminating sugar and grains from the diet will also control any fungus-based inflammation.
Using this holistic approach to prostatitis, controlling it through diet and natural herbal supplements, is usually found to be the best way to overcome prostatitis permanently.