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Prostatitis

Prostatitis is an infection or a chronic inflammation of the prostate gland. Unlike an enlarged prostate, it strikes men of all ages. The most common form is chronic nonbacterial prostatitis (NBP), also called chronic abacterial prostatitis. This condition is caused by a fungus, a virus, or mycoplasma infections and often cannot be resolved by antibiotics (especially for the fungal and viral infections). An acute bacterial infection, usually by E. coli, is another cause. An enlarged prostate gland predisposes one to this condition, since urine flow is not as efficient and microbes are more likely to accumulate. In addition, pain in the pelvic floor muscles can cause pain in the prostate region.

When infected, the prostate becomes inflamed and tender, and the man has difficulty producing a constant flow of urine. The infection produces other symptoms as well, which may include a fever, chills, a pain in the lower back, and bloody urine. The greatest danger of prostatitis is that it will become a chronic problem, in which the bladder cannot empty itself. As with benign enlargement, this constant urine retention can cause an infection or kidney disorders. We have successfully treated several men who have chronic prostatitis who were unresponsive to previous doctors’ treatment with antibiotics. Many of the natural therapies work at the root causes of prostatitis, which include nonbacterial infections and prostate enlargement. Homeopathy can be particularly effective for this condition, as can certain nutritional therapies, such as rye pollen extract.


** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when taking any and all supplements.

LifeSource’s Super Prescriptions – Prostatitis
Super Prescription #1 Rye pollen extract

Take as directed on the container (generally, 2 tablets twice daily). Several studies have shown that this extract improves the symptoms of prostatitis.
Super Prescription # 2 Quercitin - LifeSource Product

Take 500 mg twice daily. Quercitin is a type of flavonoid that reduces inflammation.
Super Prescription #3 Echinacea and Goldenseal Root - LifeSource Product

Take 450 mg of the capsule form daily. These herbs enhance immune function to combat infection.
Super Prescription #4 Oregano oil (Origanum vulgare) - LifeSource Product

Take 500 mg of the capsule form four times daily for acute prostatitis and twice daily for chronic problems. Oregano oil has powerful antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral effects.
Super Prescription #5 Pygeum africanum

Take 160 to 200 mg daily of a product standardized to 13 percent total sterols. It has been shown to be helpful for this condition.
Super Prescription #6 Zinc - LifeSource Product

Take 100 mg daily for two months and then 50 mg as a maintenance dosage. Take 3 mg of copper, along with the zinc. Zinc improves immune function and reduces prostate congestion.
Super Prescription #7 Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) - LifeSource Product

Take 320 mg daily of a product standardized to 80 to 95 percent fatty acids. Saw palmetto reduces the prostate enlargement that often underlies chronic prostatits.
Super Prescription #1 Prosta-Plex W/ Saw palmetto - LifeSource Product

Take the Prosta-Plex as directed, which works up to 10 times better than Saw Palmetto by itself, or take 320 mg daily of a product standardized to 80 to 95 percent fatty acids. Saw palmetto has been shown in numerous studies to improve the symptoms of this condition. It appears to reduce hormone stimulation of the prostate tissue.

 

Symptoms

  • Urination problems, as with an enlarged prostate
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Lower back pain
  • Urine with blood or pus
  • Pain in the region between the genitals and the anus
  • Impotence

Root Causes

  • Infection
  • Food allergies
  • Dehydration
  • Prostate enlargement (contributing to infection)

TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food


Eat lots of whole grains and fresh vegetables, and get your protein from beans, fish, and soy products. To keep chemicals and pesticides out of your system, buy organic produce whenever possible.

Pumpkin seeds are a traditional remedy for prostate problems, and for good reason. They’re full of zinc, a nutrient that’s necessary for good prostate health. You can snack on raw pumpkin seeds throughout the day, but resist the urge to toast and salt them. You’ll just add unwanted fat and sodium.

To reduce swelling, eat cold-water fish, flaxseeds (1 to 2 tablespoons daily, along with 10 ounces of water), and flaxseed oil. These foods are high in essential fatty acids, which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.

Drink green tea (decaffeinated) instead of coffee, as it promotes healthy detoxification.

Take the aforementioned flaxseeds daily, along with 10 ounces of water. Flaxseeds contain a phytonutrient known as lignans, which balance estrogen levels.

Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours to keep fluid moving through the urinary tract.


Foods to Avoid


Eliminate all fats that are saturated, hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated. These fats lead to inflammation and have been closely linked with several prostate disorders.

Sugar wreaks havoc on hormone levels and worsens inflammation. Radically restrict your consumption of refined sugar, or, better yet, banish it from your diet altogether.

Processed food is full of chemicals that may cause or contribute to prostate problems. Stay away from it.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine. They are irritants to the prostate gland.

Detoxification

The prostate glands are highly sensitive to environmental and dietary toxins. To flush waste out of the prostate, do a one- to three-day juice fast. Focus on vegetable juices and broths—too much fruit juice will throw your hormone levels out of balance.


General Recommendations

  • Thuja (Thuja occidentalis) is a great herb for nonbacterial prostatitis, since it has antiviral and antifungal properties. Take 10 drops three times daily of the herbal tincture form.
  • Vitamin A enhances immune function. Take 25,000 to 50,000 IU daily for one week.
  • D-mannose is a special type of sugar that prevents bacteria from being able to attach to the urinary tract and the bladder wall. Take 500 mg four times daily.
  • Uva ursi can be helpful for bacterial prostatitis. Take a standardized capsule containing 250 mg of arbutin of 5 ml of the tincture four times daily.
  • A probiotic should be taken in the form of a product containing at least 4 billion organisms daily. It contains friendly bacteria that prevent the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and yeast, which contributes to prostatitis. It is especially important to take if you are using antibiotics. Take it at a separate time during the day, and continue use for two months.
  • Vitamin C enhances immune function, inhibits the growth of E. coli, and makes the urine more acidic so that bacteria cannot grow as easily. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that may benefit men with prostatitis. Take 1,000 mg four to five times daily.
  • Bromelain has a natural anti-inflammatory effect and has been shown to be helpful for prostatitis when combined with vitamin C. Protease enzyme products also have this benefit. Take 500 mg three times daily between meals. Look for products standardized to 2,000 M.C.U. (milk-clotting units) per 1,000 mg or 1,200 G.D.U. (gelatin-dissolving units) per 1,000 mg.
  • Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpona) prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall. This plant is best used for the prevention of urinary tract infections but can be uses as part of a comprehensive protocol for acute infection. Take 400 t0 500 mg twice daily of cranberry extract capsules.

Please consult your Doctor before taking any supplements.




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