Prostatitis is characterized by inflammation of Prostate – the male sex gland which is located halfway between base of the penis and the rectum. Prostrate gland is responsible for semen production and covers urethra which is the pathway for urine outflow.
Causes of Prostatitis: Prostatitis is, usually caused by bacterial infection of the prostrate gland, which leaves it inflamed. E-coli is the most common bacteria that causes Prostatitis. However Prostatitis can also be caused by other reasons like development of kidney stones or other urinary tract disorders.
Types of Prostatitis : Prostatitis can be acute or chronic
Symptoms of acute Prostatitis: Prostate infection that develops suddenly, accompanied by fever or chills, a strong urge to urinate and pain in the abdomen or lower back. The patient may visit toilet frequently, but is able to urinate very little and experiences pain in urinating. Acute Prostatitis may some times be followed by blood in urine. Ejaculation is also accompanied by pain.
Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis: A mild infection of prostate characterized by soreness in the groin and pain in pelvis and perineum.
Diagnosis & treatment of Prostatitis: Bacterial urine culture is used to diagnose the exact kind of bacteria which have caused Prostatitis. This helps in recommending highly targeted antibiotic.
This treatment is very effective in killing the bacteria but it does not address the reason why the gland became prone to bacterial attacks in the first place. Thus it leaves behind chances of recurrence of Prostatitis.
Prostatitis involves a two pronged strategy to arrest bacterial infection and to increase the immunity structure to prevent relapse if prostatitis.
Home remedy for Prostatitis
Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are rich in unsaturated fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining healthy prostrate. Taking 80 grams of seed per day is an effective home remedy for prostatitis and other urinary disorders. The seeds can be taken raw or added as a powder of other food preparation or drunk with honey or milk.
Carrot juice: A glass of carrot juice taken separately or in combination with spinach juice (in 3:2 ratio), twice a day is an excellent remedy for prostatitis and other prostrate diseases.
Tomato: Tomato contains vital antioxidants that help fight bacterial infection. It also contains bioflavonoid lycopene, which helps decrease incidence of urination. Thus tomato is an excellent remedy for prostatitis.
Watermelon seeds: Seeds of watermelon contain certain vital unsaturated fatty acids, which helps maintain pH level in of the urinary tract and bladder which is essential for maintaining a healthy prostrate. Watermelon seeds are recommended as a natural cure for Prostatitis.
Cranberries: Cranberries are a rich in antioxidants and other natural compounds which are very effective in treatment of urinary tract disorders like prostatitis. Cranberries have also been found effective in prostrate cancer.
Papaya: Papaya is a rich source of bioflavonoid lycopene which is very essential for maintaining good prostrate health. This makes papaya an excellent home remedy for Prostatitis.
Turmeric roots: The root of turmeric plant contains curcumin, which is a powerful anto toxin and helps alleviate inflammation of prostrate. A decoction made by boiling turmeric root in water when taken in 100 ml dosage, twice a day is an excellent remedy for prostatitis.
Red berries & red grapefruit: Red berries and red grape are both rich in lycopene which is required to maintain healthy prostrate. Eating them in liberal quantities help alleviate prostrate inflammation and are very effective natural remedies for prostatitis.
Goldenseal: Goldenseal has potent antibacterial and antibiotic properties which helps reduce inflammations of prostate gland, making it a very beneficial home remedy for Prostatitis.
Serenoa repens extract (aka Saw Palmetto): Saw Palmetto is a herb rich in rich in phytosterols and fatty acids. The herb has been effectively used in treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and is also effective in other prostrate gland disorders. The herb has anti inflammatory properties that help alleviate prostatitis pain.
Parsley (Botanical name: rock selinon): Parsley is a natural herb with excellent diuretic properties which helps in keeping urinary tract clean by systemic flushing. It also contains flavonoids and other natural compounds that reduce Prostatitis inflammation and helps clears toxins from the body. Parsley oil when applied externally on skin, helps in water retention which is effective in effective body cleansing. Parsley should not be used during pregnancy. Excessive use of parsley should be avoided as it can cause kidney and liver damage.
Zinc has been found to be beneficial in the cure of Prostatitis. 30 milligram of zinc supplement is the recommended dose to complement other home remedies for Prostatitis.
Adequate intake of Vitamin E is very essential to maintain proper prostate health. Other than liberally using food rich in Vitamin E, a patient of Prostatitis can take 600IU of Vitamin E daily.
- Diet comprising of steamed vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains and soy are effective in treatment of Prostatitis.
- Drink plenty of water (at least 10 glasses a day to increase flow of urine).
Prostatitis: Foods to be avoided
- Spicy food and condiments
- Acidic food
- Food containing excessive starch (rice, barley, cornmeal, rye, breads, oatmeal,)
- All kinds of meat (Red meat is a strict NO)
- Food containing white refined sugar (sweets, candies, pie, cake etc)
- Tea, coffee and alcohol
- Excess salty food
- Fasting on liquid food, for two or three days is recommended
- Water should be taken before or after meals – not in-between.
- Avoid long period of sitting
- Sexual excesses should be avoided
- Take adequate amount of lime juice
- Fomentation of the pelvic region with warm water bath (seitz bath)
- Avoid vigorous exercise
- Prostatitis patient are advised against riding bikes