Ayurvedic Medicine for Prostatitis
What Is Ayurvedic Medicine for Prostatitis?
Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient healing system based on the idea that disease is caused by an imbalance in your body or karmic disturbances. Such imbalances can be caused by relationship problems or failing to fulfill your life’s purpose. The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word. It comes from a combination of two words, “Ayuh” meaning life and “veda” meaning knowledge. This form of alternative medicine in the Western world is native to the Indian subcontinent.
India has some of the lowest rates of prostate cancer in the world, and this may have something to do with the diet, lifestyle, and medicine of the people there. Ayurvedic healing practices focus on mental health, diet, and using spices and herbs. Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic approach, and Ayurvedic doctors consider a patient’s physical and mental existence in addition to personality when diagnosing and treating disease.
How to Use Ayurvedic Medicine for Treating Prostatitis
An Ayurvedic approach to prostate health considers several contributing factors. These factors include dehydration, being sedentary, eating too much bitter and pungent foods, drinking too much alcohol or caffeine, not urinating when you need to, and not eating enough of the foods and spices that can purify the urine. The answers to these problems would be to drink plenty of water, exercise, and avoid or limit alcohol and caffeine.
Ayurvedic healing includes foods and plant-based supplements like turmeric, which contains curcumin. Turmeric is a spice used in many Indian dishes. The curcumin in turmeric gives curry its kick. These spices have long been used in India and China to treat inflammatory health issues. Turmeric boasts many potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful in managing chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) and it is also used to treat bacterial forms of prostatitis as well.
Diet is part of Ayurvedic medicine, and there is an emphasis on a achieving a healthy metabolic system, including good digestion and proper excretion. The Indian diet is very high in vegetables and sweet juicy fruits. Eating plant sources of protein over vegetable sources is better for your prostate health as well.
Another aspect of Ayurvedic healing for prostate health is to do yoga, which is helpful in reducing stress and improving circulation. Stress and anxiety contribute to pelvic muscle tension, and meditation can help with this as well. Both of these forms of stress management are important components of treating prostatitis.
Massaging with oils is part of Ayurveda. You can massage hands and feet or the head with oils such as the essential oils of lemon and sweet orange, jojaba and sesame, and herbs such as winter cherry, white sandalwood, cardamom, Indian sarsaparilla, Orchis mascula, Tribulus terrestris, and sacred lotus.
Is Ayurvedic Medicine Safe?
You do have to be cautious about using Ayurvedic products made in South Asia. A 2004 study found that 20% of the Ayurvedic preparations made in South Asia and sold in the U.S. contained toxic levels of heavy metals. The study concluded that Ayurvedic products posed serious health risks. A 2008 study also found that 20% of the remedies purchased online from both Indian and U.S. suppliers contained mercury, lead, or arsenic. In 2012 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked Ayurvedic drugs to lead poisoning.
If you want to use Ayurvedic medicine for prostatitis, it is safer to stick to its principles and not specific products. A holistic treatment approach, like Ayurvedic medicine, that considers diet, mental health, exercise, and whole-body health is helpful for treating CP/CPPS. A whole-body approach to treating prostatitis is most successful because many cases of prostatitis stem from problems that originate elsewhere in the body and not in the prostate itself.
To find an Ayruvedic practitioner, contact the International Society for Ayurveda and Health (ISAH). The ISAH recommends partnering with a practitioner who holds a doctoral degree (e.g., M.D., Ph.D., or Phys.D.) and has completed training at a recognized Ayurvedic medical school.
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