The first sign of prostate problems, commonly referred to as chronic pelvic pain syndrome, is mostly caused by an enlarged prostate which is located beneath a man's bladder, where it wraps around the urethra. This gland is responsible for making the fluid that carries sperm. This gland is encapsulated, that is, it is surrounded by a tough layer on the outside. This makes it more difficult for any swelling to expand outwards. When the prostate is affected, it has no other place to go but inward, pressing on the urethra. Some of the problems the prostate can experience include prostate cancer, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) which is a non-cancerous enlarged prostate, and prostatitis.
Symptoms of BPH may include difficulty urinating, decrease in the size and flow of urine, discomfort while urinating, pain in the anal region after ejaculation, dribbling after urination, the need to urinate frequently at night, an increase in the frequency and urgency of urination, and infections of the urinary tract due to poor flushing of the bladder. Prostatitis may have symptoms of fever, pain during urination, pain in the genitals, back, lower abdomen and inner thighs.
Prostatitis is caused by an infection by bacteria. The infection may be in the kidneys or bladder and still affect the prostate. It can also happen without the presence of a bacterial infection. BPH may occur during the second growth period of the prostate, which usually begins at age 25. Prostate problems can also be worsened by mineral deficiencies. The prostate needs an adequate amount of zinc in the diet, so eat shellfish, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and other foods that are high in this mineral.
If you have painful urination that is accompanied by lower back pain, fever and pelvic pain; or if you frequently feel the urge to urinate but cannot get the flow started or it is weak; if you urinate two or three times per night or you finish urinating but your bladder still feels full, seek medical attention.
- Saw palmetto – the berry of this herb is made into a tincture that is a good remedy for prostate enlargement. Take the tincture three times a day for six months, then take a month off. Begin again with alternating months on and off the herb. If you prefer capsules, take 160 mg twice a day.
- Epilobium - aids in reducing inflammation in BPH suffers.
- Stinging nettle – take a tincture or tablets 1 to 3 times per day.
- Ginseng – this herb helps lower the weight of the prostate and increase levels of testosterone.
- Horsetail - aids in treating symptoms of BPH
- Cranberry – drink this juice daily to keep the urinary system clear.
- Buchu – this herb can help prostate problems. Follow the directions on the label.
- Fennel – take tea made of this herb instead of coffee, tea and colas. Fennel helps the urine to flow easier.
- Pumpkin - the high zinc content of pumpkin seeds and diuretic effect help treat BPH. Take in capsule form as per instructions.
- Pygeum africanum – this herb can help reduce swelling and inflammation in the prostate and hence reduce prostate pain.
- Ginkgo biloba – this herb increases the circulation, which can help reduce inflammation and swelling in the prostate.
- Echinacea – this immune-boosting herb can help when there is a bacterial infection involved.