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Prostatitis can affect men of any age. It is an uncomfortable condition, which can be very stressful and cause a dip in energy. Even sitting at the computer can be a problem.

What is prostatitis?


Prostatitis means that there is inflammation of the prostate gland. This can cause pain in the pelvis, groin or lower back. It can also cause problems urinating. Chronic or long-term prostatitis is sometimes called chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

What is the prostate gland?


The prostate gland sits under the bladder, near the rectum. It produces the fluid that carries sperm
on ejaculation.

What causes prostatitis?


For about 1 in 10 men, bacterial infection has caused their prostatitis. However, many men have prostatitis without any sign of an infection. Prostatitis is different from an enlarged prostate. Many men get an enlarged prostate as they get older but it doesn't usually cause pain.

What are the symptoms?


There may be pain or aching around the penis, testicles, anus, pelvis or lower back. There may be difficulty urinating, need to urinate more often than usual or need to go urgently. Some men get pain after they have an orgasm. These symptoms are best checked out by a doctor to make sure there is no prostate or bladder infection and no prostate cancer.

What is the orthodox medical treatment?


Drug treatment is usually aimed at the symptoms:

  • Non steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) can help with pain and inflammation. Ibuprofen is an NSAID. Side effects of NSAIDs include nausea, stomach upsets and diarrhoea. Taking high doses of NSAIDs every day for a long time increases the risk of a heart attack or a stroke
  • Paracetamol is another common painkiller but taking too many can cause liver damage
  • If prostatitis is caused by bacteria, antibiotics are prescribed. All antibiotics have side effects, which may include nausea, heartburn or diarrhoea
  • Alpha-blockers are sometimes given to help with prostatitis. Some alpha-blockers are alfuzosin, tamsulosin and terazosin. These drugs can have side effects including dizziness, tiredness and reduced sex drive
  • Finasteride¬† is a drug that shrinks the prostate gland. It helps some men with an enlarged prostate to urinate more normally. It's also been tried as a treatment for prostatitis, but there's hardly any research to say whether it helps. It can cause side effects. In one study, 1 in 10 men said finasteride affected their sex life
  • Allopurinol is a drug that's normally used to treat gout. Some doctors think that chronic prostatitis might have a similar cause to gout. But there's no evidence that allopurinol works for prostatitis

Other treatments

Doctors can use microwaves to heat up the prostate. The microwaves come from a
probe that's put inside the penis. About 2 in 10 men got side effects, such as bleeding,
an infection, incontinence or erection problems.

The Herbal Treatment of Prostatitis


Prostatitis can be safely and effectively treated with Herbal Medicine and dietary modification without unpleasant side effects. Many patients have enjoyed a successful clinical outcome using this route. Herbal Medicine treats the root of the problem as well as the symptoms. Several body systems can be involved in prostatitis so looking at the whole person rather than just focussing on the prostate helps to identify the underlying problem, which is fuelling the inflammation. Each patients presentation of prostatitis is different. With this in mind, a full case history is taken and a treatment plan is formulated, which includes a prescription tailored to meet each patients unique needs. This approach gets the best results. The treatment plan includes easy to follow dietary advice to help reduce the inflammation and pain. All patients must have had a physical examination and tests by their GP or urologist to rule out infection and cancer. The initial Herbal Medicine consultation takes one hour and then there are monthly follow up consultations of half an hour until the condition is resolved. For those patients, who have stones in their prostate, treatment usually brings about a remarkable improvement but maintenance treatment is required in the long term. Patients usually notice an improvement within the first four weeks of treatment.

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