Prostate inflammation is a common problem in men. Men may experience symptoms ranging from severe pain to no pain at all. Other symptoms may include chills, vomiting, inability to empty the bladder, frequency urination, painful urinating, pain in the lower back, pelvic area and abdomen. Some of these symptoms are also those of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). However, there is a major difference between BPH and prostate inflammation. BPH refers to a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland whereas prostate inflammation is an infection of the prostate gland.
Prostatitis is the medical term used to describe prostate inflammation. Prostatitis commonly affects men who are middle age or older. However, it can affect men of all ages. There are four types of prostatitis, two of which are caused by bacteria. The types of prostatitis are:
1. Acute bacterial prostatitis
2. Chronic bacterial prostatitis
3. Chronic prostatitis without infection
4. Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis
Both acute bacterial prostatitis and chronic bacterial prostatitis which are caused by bacteria are most often treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics are known to have unpleasant side effects. Primarily they kill both good and bad bacteria in the body. This can cause a number of additional unpleasant side effects.
Herbs are available which have antibacterial properties proven to be effective in treating prostatitis without killing the good bacteria along with the bad. This is one of the primary reasons many men choose to use herbs for prostate problems. There are many herbs available which have a long history of success treating prostate conditions. Some of these such as pau d’arco and chaparral have been used safely and successfully for thousands of years.
Saw Palmetto is perhaps the most renowned herb in the world for treating prostate problems. Many countries treat BPH successfully with herbs. In fact, saw palmetto is the first line of defense in some countries for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It has also shown positive results in helping some men with prostatitis. Powerful medicinal herbs with antibacterial properties are often taken along with saw palmetto to enhance infection fighting capability. Herbs may be purchased individually or purchased as herbal formulas.
Herbal manufacturers make specific products for prostatitis. Although each manufacturer has their own proprietary formulas, many of them start with saw palmetto as the base and add other herbs, seeds, leaves, etc. to make very effective antibacterial products. Formulated herbal products provide an easy, convenient way for the consumer to take the product. They also eliminate the need for the consumer to purchase multiple individual products. Additionally, the ingredients in herbal products are combined in the appropriate amounts needed to obtain the best results.
There are many herbs with antibacterial properties. One is astragalus which is a Chinese medicinal herb used for over 4,000 years. It is often used along with saw palmetto. It is an adaptogenic, nontoxic herb known to fight infections, cancer and other immune system disorders. It is one often included in prostate formulas.
Please note that this is not considered to be medical advice. It is recommended that anyone considering using herbs to combat prostatitis or any other condition do so under the care and advice of their health practitioner. A practitioner can advise put you on a specific protocol. This includes giving you information on how much of each herb to take, how often to take, specific brands to purchase and other pertinent information. Furthermore your health practitioner would be able to advise you if any products you intend to take will interfere with any prescriptions medications or over the counter medications that you may be taking.