Inflammation and Chronic Prostatitis
Inflammation is a major contributor to chronic prostatitis causes and symptoms. Many other health conditions cause inflammation, including stress, allergies, autoimmune responses, neutrophil dysfunction, pelvic trauma, and others. Inflammation is a broad topic and not a very specific cause of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) because it usually results from another health problem, but it is significantly involved in causing chronic prostatitis symptoms.
Inflammation is one of the body’s defense mechanisms. While it can kill germs, it also harms organs or tissues. Chronic inflammation is present in many other diseases such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes to name just a few. It causes problems with the nervous system, and that is when pain develops in the case of prostatitis. Autoimmune disorders or diseases can cause inflammation. When there is an infection, injury, or allergen present, the mast cells and T cells create inflammation, which can lead to pain.
Some of the natural prostatitis treatments for inflammation include supplements, diet, and foods to avoid. Foods that can increase inflammation include simple sugars, saturated fats from red meat, and dairy products. One natural treatment is going on a wheat-free or gluten-free diet. Choose foods that help reduce inflammation such as heart-healthy fats, fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and foods rich in lycopene, such as tomatoes and watermelon. Following Dr. Geo’s CPPS Treatment Program can help teach you how to lower inflammation in the body. Natural supplements that help with inflammation associated with prostatitis include stinging nettle, green tea, and curcumin.
Traditional medicine given for prostatitis symptoms include pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs, but there are side effects from taking them long-term. A multimodal approach that combines multiple treatments is most effective. Combining natural therapies with alternative prostatitis treatments may offer relief without medication’s side effects. Alternative therapies that may help reduce prostatitis symptoms include acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, trigger point release therapy, prostatic massage, reflexology, and exercise. Stress management techniques, which might include meditation, yoga, and tai chi, may also be helpful at providing relief.