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Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments For Prostatitis

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At time of birth, the prostate is the size of a pea but it grows to the size of a walnut during young adulthood. During their mid- to late 40s, most men experience the next phase of prostate growth. The cells near the center of their prostate starts to reproduce much rapidly at this time. This rapid growth usually tends to obstruct the urethra and partially block the flow of urine. The medical term for this disorder is BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia. The swelling of the prostate can also be attributed to bacterial infection, a condition medically termed as chronic or acute or bacterial prostatitis. Another form of chronic prostatitis is one that is not caused by bacteria has no known cause and actually occurs more commonly than its counterpart.

The enlargement of the prostate impacts about 50 percent of men around the age of 60 and most men (90 percent) around the ages 70 and 80. The absence or occurrence of the prostate gland enlargement is usually not associated with the rise of prostate cancer.

Conventional remedies are usually based on the patient’s symptoms and signs and may involve drugs, surgery or non-operative therapies such as nutritional supplements, herbs, and acupuncture.

Symptoms & Signs

The enlargement of the prostate can vary in degree of severity from man to man, and more often than not the swelling is not always serious. Around 50 percent of men with prostate swelling experience symptoms and signs that can turn bothersome or obvious enough for them to warrant treatment. These symptoms and signs can include:

  • Chills and Fever (infection)
  • Pain during ejaculation
  • Lower stomach pain
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Hematuria or blood in the urine
  • Inability to empty the bladder completely
  • Urgent desire to urinate
  • Nocturia or increased number of urination at night
  • Frequent desire to urinate
  • Dribbling at the end of urination
  • Starting and stopping again while urinating
  • Difficulty initiating urination
  • Weak urine stream

Traditional Chinese Medicine

According to Fort Lauderdale Traditional Chinese Medicine the cause of prostate swelling is either a buildup of Heat and Dampness in the lower jiao or lower part of the torso, or cold infiltrating the Liver meridian or Liver energy channel, usually accompanied by Deficient Kidney as an underlying cause. This health issue gives rise to all the aforementioned urinary symptoms. Laser acupuncture, moxibustion, and traditional acupuncture have led to improvements in the restoration of the function of the urinary system. On the other hand, Chinese herbal medicine has demonstrated the ability to cure the underlying reasons of prostate swelling. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy used together is an essential choice in winning the battle versus prostate swelling. This was proven in one specific study when electro-acupuncture was shown to help cases of chronic prostatitis that did not respond to conventional treatments.

Acupuncture modalities (laser, electro, traditional) as well as heat therapy (moxibustion) can be utilized once a week except when significant pain is felt. In this case, two to three sessions each week for one to three weeks may be recommended. Chinese herbal medicine can be taken in the form of daily drops, powders, pills, and tea. Western herbal medicine and certain nutritional supplements can also be a good plan of treatment. Diet may also be monitored from a traditional energetic perspective in order to remove anything that tends to exacerbate the prostate problem.

Chronic non-bacterial prostatitis

According to recent medical studies, there is no known cause for chronic non-bacterial prostatitis. The bad thing about this is that this problem is a more common occurrence than chronic and acute bacterial prostatitis, its infectious analogues.

Symptoms of chronic non-bacterial prostatitis include an unfinished feeling after urination, polyuria (frequent urination), low back pain, and CPPS or chronic pelvic pain syndrome or discomfort and pain in the pelvic area. Usually there is no redness, no history of UTI (urinary tract infection), and patients won’t find relief from their symptoms with antibiotics.

A patient with chronic non-bacterial prostatitis may also experience a feeling of ‘coldness’ (instead of “heat,” which can then be connected to infectious bacterial prostatitis). More often than not, the patient can also experience emotional disorders such as erectile dysfunction and depression which thus ought to be diagnosed and addressed properly.

Clinical Research and Studies

There are patients who experience relief from chronic non-bacterial prostatitis by taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAID’s, but since these drugs tend to suppress the immune system, they cannot be used in the long term.

According to the Merck manual, two other great ways to experience relief from symptoms is by getting a prostate massage and taking hot sitz baths.

The benefits of acupuncture, phytotherapy (bee pollen, quercetin) and alternative therapies have demonstrated the effectiveness of these therapies. Acupuncture treatment proved that chronic prostatitis has a neuromuscular component to it. This is further validated by one study done by Nickel and Chen in Ontario Canada at the King Street Medical Arts Centre in Mississauga. In this study, acupuncture led to the successful relief of symptoms in men suffering from chronic pelvic pain syndrome/chronic prostatitis.

A laser acupuncture study performed in Hangzhou, China by Shen, Liu, Gao, and Chen revealed encouraging results.

Recently, some herbal supplements have garnered acknowledgement in the scientific community; to help urinary flow beta-sitosterol, for pain quercetin and saw palmetto, and for urinary symptoms, pygeum.

Decades of empirical proof also shows promise to men seeking the aid of a reputable practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine.

Written by Valerie

October 30th, 2018 at 6:16 am