There are a number of natural products that make a difference in the treatment of Prostatitis. The difference is moderated by an individual's response, the purity and preparation of the actual product.
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An overall category is Chinese herbal products, otherwise known as TCM - Traditional Chinese Medicine. Many wild claims are made by sellers of these products, in effect some will claim a cure for everything. But many of our patients have achieved a lessening of their symptoms, albeit usually short-lived, before coming to us.
Some classical symptom relievers are:
Buchu (Barosoma betulina) Made from the leaves.
Originating from Africa, a urinary antiseptic that is a natural diuretic with anti-microbial properties. Supposedly a general healer of the genitourinary system thus used to treat acute and chronic prostatitis.
Take in concert with Echinacea and Couch Grass
1/ Infusion, 3 times a day
2/ Tincture: 25-50 drops 3 times a day.
Can be made into a tea.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) Made from the flowerChamomile has anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, antiseptic and analgesic properties.
It is a mild sedative and works well for all ages.
An infusion, or tea, is recommended for the genitourinary system.
Take in concert with Marshmellow and Valerian
1/ Infusion: 3 times a day
2/ Tincture: 20-50 drops 3 times a day.
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
Parts used: Roots and leaves Comfrey contains allantoin, a chemical which promotes the growth of new cells and helps relieve inflammation.
Allantoin is the active ingredient in several OTC skin creams and in at least two prescription skin preparations (Herpecin-L cold sore lip balm, and Vagimide Cream).
Comfrey acts as a demulcent to soothe and protect the urinary system.
Excessive amounts of Comfrey can cause liver disease.
May also be purchased commercially as a tea.
Couch Grass (Agropyren repens)
Rhizome is very valuable for treating enlarged and infected prostates.
It has a very soothing effect on the genito-urinary system.
Couch Grass works as a diuretic and also has anti-microbial properties.
May be combined with Saw Palmetto, Buchu and Echinacea.
Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus)
The bark Has sedative and anti-spasmodic properties.
Supposedly has strong anti-spasmodic effects on the genitourinary system for both sexes.
Can be combined with Angelica or Chamomile for genitourinary cramps.
1/ Decoction 3 times a day
2/ Tincture: 30-60 drops in water 3 times a day.
Use Juice from the berry.
Helps prevent or fix urinary tract infections.
Recommended for incontinence also
Dosage is 500ml a day.
Dong Quai (A. sinensis)
Uses the root of A. sinensis Similar to Angelica.
Dong Quai has diuretic effects.
Effective with Cramp Bark for genitourinary cramping.
Note - not for diabetics.
Infusion: 1 teaspoon in a cup of water
2/ Capsules - use container directions.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
Seed, root and juice of whole plant.
Has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties
Take with Saw Palmetto for the treatment of prostatitis in equal parts.
NB: Echinacea can be taken in large amounts for infection. It can cause a stomach upset with small children, also cause the mouth to tingle.
Can be taken every hour or two.
The fresh root should be used wherever possible.
Garlic (Allium sativum)
The bulb has stimulant and anti-microbial properties. Used to help treat infections and parasites.
Effective for cramps and spasms.
Use with Echinacea and Goldenseal for treating microbial activity.
Studies have shown that a medium clove pack has the anti-bacterial properties of 100,000 units of penicillin.
Depending on the infection, a comparable amount to penicillin would be 5 - 10 cloves of garlic.
Eat three cloves two to four times a day
Syrup: one tablespoon. three times a day.
Capsules can be taken, read label directions.
Goldenseal (Hydrustis canadensis)
Root is used, antiseptic properties.
Take with Echinacea and Saw Palmetto for prostatitis.
Avoid long high doses.
Can affect blood pressure.
Contains berberine, (might lower blood pressure), and hydrastine, (might raise blood pressure). For otherwise healthy individuals use for brief periods of time.
1/ Tincture 15 - 40 drops 3 times a day
2/ Infusion 3 times a day.
Capsules: Use container directions.
Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Berrries supposedly good for genitourinary infections
Juniper *may* lower blood pressure.
Large doses may cause kidney irritation, so don't use Juniper if there is a kidney infection or a history of kidney problems.
Should be used in reasonable amounts only for healthy individuals.
Do not take for more than 5 weeks.
Marshmallow (Althea officinalis)
Use Roots, flowers and leaves.
Supposedly helps soothe and protect the genitourinary system.
Has also been found to lessen blood sugar in animals, so it may be helpful in managing diabetes.
1/ Cold Infusion: three times a day.
2/ Decoction: boil the root in milk and drink throughout the day.
3/ Tincture: 15-40 drops three times a day.
Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)
Use Leaf and the above ground stem
Used for genitourinary system.
Supposedly very effective for chronic prostatitis and other genitourinary problems.
Gentle soothing effect.
Do not boil this herb as it will destroy the properties.
1/ Infusion: 3 to 4 times a day
2/ Tincture: 20-40 drops three times a day
Apparently has great results when taken as a tea.
Pumpkin Seeds (cucurbita pepo)
A wonderful source of linoleic acid (vit. F) and zinc.
Also has diuretic properties.
Queen of the Meadow (Eupatorium purpureum)
Fresh root and leaves have diuretic, stimulant properties.
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)
Use the berry.
Studies have shown that Saw Palmetto can increase urine flow markedly for prostatitis and BPH, as well as helping to treat infection.
Take with Buchu and Echinacea for the prostate
Capsules: 80 - 320mg a day.
Scullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia)
Use the leaves.
Has anti-spasmodic and sedative properties.
Supposedly relieves nervous tension and insomnia.
Take with Valerian for nervous tension and stress and with Chamomile for insomnia.
Never boil or keep for long.
Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticocus)
Not real Ginseng, but has similar effects of building resistance, increasing circulation, and regulating blood pressure.
Supposedly relieves impotence, ensures adequate penile circulation.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Used from Rhizome and Root. Has sedative, hypotensive, hypnotic and anti-spasmodic properties. Can take with Scullcap for anxiety and tension, add Chamomile for insomnia, and/or Crampbark for cramping and pain.
Contains chemicals that appear to have sedative properties, with the highest concentration in the roots.
N.B. - Do not boil this herb!
1/ Infusion: as needed
2/ Tincture: 15 - 25 drops 3 times a day.
Capsules as per container directions.
Watermelon Seeds (citrullus lanatus)
Is a natural diuretic and an antioxidant.
Take with Buchu and Uva Ursi. Possibly found in health food stores alone or combined with Uva Ursi and Buchu.
1/ Infusion: soak crushed seeds in hot water.
2/ Capsules & Tablets: Follow directions but note that diuretics deplete potassium, which is an important nutrient.
If you take any diuretic herbal preparations, as well as prescription preparations, you should increase your intake of food high in potassium, such as fresh vegetables and bananas.
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