Prostate inflammation can have many causes, but is usually caused by infection and referred to as ’prostatitis’. Other causes can include gonorrhoea, E. coli, and bladder outlet obstruction. Symptoms will often include frequent urination, discomfort during urination, pain and discomfort in the pelvis and genitals, pain following ejaculation, fever and flu-like symptoms, loss of libido and pain in the lower back. Chronic prostatitis will come and go, while acute prostatitis will result in more constant pain.
If you suspect you may be suffering from prostatitis then it is important to see a doctor and treating yourself is not advised. Apart from anything else these symptoms may have another cause and it’s highly important that you see a doctor in order to rule out more serious causes such as prostate cancer. This is a situation in which an aversion to doctors can result in death. A doctor will also be able to prescribe several medications – antibiotics, antiphlogistics or alpha-blockers for instance (in some cases they may also recommend surgery). There is no ‘herbal’ or ‘natural’ remedy that will do the same job that these medications can, and so it’s important not to believe the hype surrounding alternative remedies.
That said there are still some things you can do yourself at home to help treat chronic prostatitis and to aid the medications. Here we will look at some things you can do yourself that don’t involve drugs to aid in your recovery and comfort.
Keeping warm will help to relax the muscles surrounding the prostate and the seminal tract. Many of the symptoms of prostatitis are caused by pressure caused by the swollen prostate, so by doing this you can alleviate many of the problems. At the same time, by keeping these muscles relaxed you can improve tissue oxygenation and thus help the body to recover. Keep the area warm by taking a warm bath or using a warm compress such as a rice sock.
Regular Sex Life
It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it. Far from making you blind, ejaculation can actually be good for preventing and treating prostatitis and the reason for this is that ejaculation can help to clear the seminal tract thus helping to aid recovery. Many people suffering from prostate inflammation respond by avoiding sexual activity, but of course this is a mistake.
Minerals and Vitamins
Making sure you get all of your minerals and vitamins is important for recovery from any condition. However vitamin C is particularly useful for recovery as is zinc, levels of which drop significantly in cases of prostatitis.
This is an herbal supplement recommended for prostatitis which some sources claim can help to interfere with the action of testosterone on the prostate. As most cases of prostatitis are caused by infection, not an overabundance of testosterone, this is unlikely to have much impact on the condition, and evidence showing support for saw palmetto as helping to treat the condition is lacking.