By Peter Melamed, PhD
Most men never think about their prostates until they experience disturbing symptoms. They do not know what the prostate is, where it is located, or what its functions are.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland situated in front of the rectum, beneath the bladder, and wrapped around the urethra, the tube through which urine and prostate fluid pass out of the body. The prostate acts as a powerful pump that ejects semen and sperm during ejaculation. It also controls both the duration and frequency of the reproductive act. Additionally, it also plays an important function with the bladder in controlling the flow of urine. The prostate is considered the “second heart of man”, the nerve and emotional center of a man’s reproductive function controlling both reproductive function and stress.
The prostate cooperates with, and responds to, the pituitary gland which is the control center of the hormonal system. In a healthy male the functioning prostate responds to the body’s signal “I am working, help me”. In turn, the pituitary gland sets off the activity of other hormonal glands such as the thyroid, adrenals and testicles to make the man’s body strong and ready to multiply. On the other hand, the pituitary gland does not react efficiently if the prostate is congested and inflamed. It makes the entire male’s body sick, weak, and inactive.
In the animal world the male is designed for reproduction. If this natural urge diminishes or ceases entirely the male becomes overweight, weak and sick; therefore, it dies from diseases or becomes an easy target for predators. Many similarities happen with the human male. Problems with the prostate also lead to many other disorders in the man’s body.
It is known that the plexus, which includes many autonomic nerve fibers, surround the prostate gland. These nerve fibers stimulate the prostate fluid secretion and muscle contraction within the prostate. The autonomic nerve fibers also connect the prostate gland to the central nervous system and pelvic organs such as the bladder, pelvic muscles, rectum, etc. This can explain why, in cases of chronic prostatitis, there are various symptoms and pains that occur in the other pelvic organs.
Experts believe that as many as 75% of all adult American males are affected by prostate problems, with increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Prostate problems interfere with both a man’s ability to urinate and his personal image of his masculinity. Chronic prostatitis affects millions of American men today at a rate similar to that of ischemic heart disease and diabetes.
The traditional three symptoms of chronic prostatitis are pain, reproductive dysfunction and difficulty with urination. In decades of experience treating hundreds of men with chronic prostatitis we rarely have seen patients without anxiety, depression, emotional problems, and insomnia. From the 1980s on, we have recognized not only the pain, difficult urination and intimacy problems seen in the past, but a fourth symptom of chronic prostatitis: anxiety.
In recent years numerous studies by psychologists and psychiatrists have connected prostate problems with negative emotions and thought patterns. Most males that don’t perform well with lovers tend to store negative thoughts and emotions about their masculinity. This stressful mental buildup then causes the prostate to become an easy target for enlargement, infection, and cancer. Another factor is that the majority of men do not want to be weak, sick, or complaining and resist the idea of medical treatment. They internalize emotions, which in the long run can result in anxiety, depression, even suicide.
It is not easy to recognize if the symptoms of chronic prostatitis cause the stress or stress by itself negatively affects the prostate gland. Therefore, we find it advantageous to focus on all four symptoms of chronic prostatitis. This article focuses on non-drug, natural, holistic treatment of chronic prostatitis by using alternative medicine.
Acupuncture has been widely used around the globe as a non-drug treatment of prostate problems. Acupuncture can reduce pain and spasms of the pelvic muscles, improve mood and sleep, and lessen anxious behavior. The resultant elevation of immunity is also beneficial for infection and inflammation.
Prostate massage has a long history of treatment in prostate problems. The removal of congested fluid from the prostate gland opens passages and decreases prostate congestion and infection. Prostate drainage naturally enhances reproductive function and reduces both pain and pelvic muscle spasms.
Herbs are one of the oldest treatment methods on earth. The most common treatment of antibiotics use is not always effective and may lead to the development of antibiotic resistant infections including Candida yeast. Herbal formulas and herbal teas consist of different herbs; therefore, bacteria and yeasts cannot develop resistance to them. Some herbs have a “yin” action which elicits a calming effect and reduces anxiety and pain.
Nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, essential fatty acids and bioflavonoids increase natural resistance, decrease inflammation and pain, and normalize sleep and reproductive function. From our experience, sufferers from chronic prostatitis have a deficiency of vital nutrients that often create additional symptoms.
Healing foods need to be included in all healing programs in the treatment of chronic prostatitis. Many men suffer from allergies and both hidden and obvious food sensitivities that can aggravate the symptoms of prostatitis.
Healing exercises can improve microcirculation in the prostate and the entire pelvic area. In turn, they can reduce pain and muscle spasms.
European whole body cleansing is used to minimize internal intoxication and prevent toxins from influencing the prostate. Many of my patients have had intensive, prolonged treatment with antibiotics and have a severe imbalance between friendly intestinal flora and opportunistic infections such as harmful bacteria, Candida yeast and/or parasites. Insufficient levels of beneficial bacteria lead to poor food absorption, exhaustion of the immune system and various digestive symptoms such as gas, bloating, abdominal cramps, diarrhea or constipation, skin disorders, low mood, etc. Colon hydrotherapy and restoration of friendly intestinal flora is extremely beneficial for men with a long history of prostatitis. I see the positive results every day.
Chronic prostatitis and anxiety are interrelated conditions. Constant pain and discomfort, frequent urination, erectile dysfunction, and feeling fearful about the future can make life miserable. Holistic, natural, non-drug treatment with a focus on anxiety and the other symptoms of chronic prostatitis can help even those men who have undergone years of unsuccessful treatment to achieve stable remission.