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What is prostatitis?

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When a man gets older, his chance of developing prostatitis becomes greater. Prostatitis is the swelling of the prostate gland. The prostate gland is a walnut-size gland located just under a man’s bladder. The role of the prostate gland is to provide the liquid part of the semen during ejaculation. There are several causes for prostatitis although its main symptoms include difficult urination and pain. There are two types of prostatitis: chronic and acute.

What are the symptoms of prostatitis?

The inflammation and swelling of the prostate gland is known as prostatitis. This condition has symptoms that include:

-Flu-like symptoms
-Pain – during orgasm, testicles, penis, perineum, stomach, groin and back
-Irregular urinations that can be: frequent, hesitant/dribbling, difficult, burning or painful.

What leads to prostatitis?

Enlarged prostate prostatic hyperplasia
Acute and chronic bacterial prostatitis – they are caused by bacterial infections. There are no known -causes for both abacterial prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain. Some other reasons for prostatitis can include:

-An enlarged prostate gland
-Accumulation of toxins in the urine
-Urinary tract blockage
-Defective muscle and/or nerve function
-Injury to the prostate
-Nervous or immune system problem

How does the doctor diagnose prostatitis?

The results of the physical exam and the medical history of the patient can be the bases for a diagnosis of prostatitis. These tests can determine a number of possible risk factors of prostatitis, including:

-Radiation from cancer treatments
-Diabetes
-Multiple sclerosis
-Parkinson’s disease
-Stroke
-Nerve issues
-Genetic predisposition
-Severe stress
-Inadequate drinking of liquids
-Being young or middle aged

The doctor can recommend a digital rectal exam. This procedure can scan for tenderness and inflammation on the prostate. Other tests may be needed to detect the particular type of prostatitis. These can include semen, blood and urine tests for acute or chronic bacterial infection. These medical tests for prostatitis can also be a way to exclude conditions that bring out similar symptoms:

-Constriction of the penis meatus
-Urethral stricture
-Post-bladder cancer
-BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia
-Overactive bladder

How is prostatitis diagnosed by an acupuncturist?

Inquiry is the main tool used by the acupuncturist to diagnose prostate gland inflammation. The acupuncturist basically asks a series of questions to determine what’s ailing the patient. They never perform digital rectal exams, as a rule. Prostatitis patients are usually already diagnosed by their doctor, or if not, manifest symptoms that correspond to the condition. If the patient has not been to the doctor or if his symptoms persist, the acupuncturist usually will refer his patient to a urologist in order to exclude other problems or get a diagnosis. Nowadays, urologists have started to recommend acupuncture to their patients in order to resolve the prostate inflammation symptoms such as urination difficulties.

Acupuncturists will include in the inquiry of their patient the patient’s diet, lifestyle and general health and not only the patient’s symptoms in relation to their prostate inflammation since they treat people, not the disease per se.

How does a doctor treat prostatitis?

Prostatitis therapy is based on the underlying problem. Treatments can focus on the cause or the symptoms of the condition such as urination problems and may include:

-Over-the –counter (OTC) pain killers to help relieve the pain
-Drugs known as alpha blockers to help relieve painful and urination and soothe the part where the bladder and prostate meet
-Intravenous or oral antibiotics to resolve prostatitis resulting from a bacterial infection
Surgery – Prostatectomy which is a surgical procedure that excises a part of or the whole prostate gland

How does an acupuncturist treat prostatitis?

By studying the symptoms and signs of the condition, the acupuncturist can determine the pattern of disharmony. In Chinese medicine patterns can help the practitioner qualify and quantify the condition. The titles of the patterns usually use words we recognize.

Acupuncturists need the pattern diagnosis to formulate the plan of treatment. Treatment usually includes Chinese herbal remedies and acupuncture to resolve the disharmony of the pattern in order to bring back balance to the body. Acupuncturists often also use tui na massage and dietary therapy to complement these modalities.

Acupuncture Health Center
1303 Astor St #101
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 715-1824
http://www.bellinghamacupuncturecenter.com

 

Written by Valerie

August 31st, 2014 at 1:29 am

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