Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate which is usually caused by a bacterial infections. In acute prostatitis there may be severe pain when passing urine, deep pelvic discomfort ad fever. The urine may contain pus and prostate feel tend and boggy when examined rectally. Chronic prostatitis, where there is low grade and continuous infection and inflammation of the prostate, usually follows a series of acute episodes.
Although his condition must be treated with the appropriate anti-biotics to deal with the bacterial infection, there are a number of supplements and herbs which can prevent recurrence and speed recovery.
Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)
|Supplement/Herb||What it does||Dosage|
|Celery seed||Mildly diuretic and anti-spasmodic it is thought to alkalise the blood and help with elimination of uric acid and other toxic wastes through the kidneys.||as directed|
|Parsley||Diuretic, anti-spasmodic and calming.||as directed|
|Garlic||Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and an anti-oxidant.||as directed|
|Echinacea||Anti-inflammatory, it also helps the immune system in fighting infections.||as directed|
|Saw Palmetto||Useful as a urinary anti-septic and for general prostate support.||150 – 450mg daily|
|Zinc||Inhibits the enzyme that causes the prostate to grow and helps normal hormone activity.||15-50mg daily|
|Selenium||Promotes immune function,increasing natural killer cell activity and the ability of lymphocytes to kill abnormal cells.||50-2000ug daily|
|Vitamin C||Vitamin C increases white blood cell function, interferon production and antibody activity. Also helps inflamed mucous membranes to heal.||1000mg 3 times daily|
|Pro-biotics||For immune system support, also produce acids that kill off harmful bacteria. Needed to replenish the good bacteria in the gut after a course of anti-biotics.||5 million organisms daily|
Diet and Lifestyle Factors
Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar which all compromise the immune system.
Have at least 2 litres of fluid daily, include lots of cranberry juice and lemon barley water. Avoid commercially prepared cranberry juices which may contain excessive amounts of sugar which feeds the harmful bacteria. Make your own by using fresh or dried cranberries and infusing them with hot water, strain and drink the liquid and eat the berries!