Homeopathy Treatment for Prostatitis
What Is Homeopathy Treatment for Prostatitis?
Homeopathy is an alternative treatment for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). There is not a lot of supportive scientific data for using homeopathy, but it has been in use for hundreds of years. It is more popular in Europe than in the U.S.
Homeopathy is a system of healing that is based on the idea that “like treats like.” The concept is that that the best way to treat a condition or symptom is to take a tiny dose of a substance that would cause the same symptom in a healthy person. This restores good health by stimulating the body’s natural healing resources.
The thing most similar to homeopathy in conventional medicine is a vaccine. With vaccines, people are give a mild or dead version of a disease they do not want so that the immune system can build up a defense against it. Homeopathy does not give you the same thing that causes your symptoms but a small amount of something else that can cause the same symptom.
How Does Homeopathy Treatment for Prostatitis Work?
Like physicians who follow the “NPAT” Treatment Program for Prostatitis, which looks at a patient’s whole-body health holistically, homeopathic physicians are trained to look at all aspects of a patient’s health including his social, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. This helps the practitioner determine the right homeopathic treatment for prostatitis that is best for the patient.
Homeopathic remedies contain just the essence of the original ingredient—that means there is no physical trace of it. Opponents of homeopathy say this does not work. Proponents say this essential essence is all that is needed to work. Others claim the placebo effect is the effective part. The placebo effect occurs when patients experience an improvement in their symptoms that cannot be attributed to any treatment. Perhaps it works because they believe it will work. However homeopathy works, it does have a following of people who believe in it. Patients are drawn to it because it does not cause the side effects associated with conventional drugs.
There are several homeopathic treatments for prostatitis, including the following:
Sabal serrulata (saw palmetto) is used as a homeopathic remedy for prostate cancer, but in cases of prostatitis it can help patients with difficult urination or burning with urination. The same plant, Saw palmetto, is also used in much higher doses as a natural treatment for prostatitis. As a supplement it has been used for centuries to help men relieve prostate problems, including urinary symptoms and pain.
Thuja is said to help with enlarged prostate.
Pulsatilla is used for pain in the prostate after urination and sharp pains or spasms in the prostate area that extrend into the bladder and pelvis. Pulsatilla is good for the man who experiences aggravation of pain in the prostate after urination.A thick, bland discharge from the penis may be present. Men who show strong general symptoms of this medicine can be given Pulsatilla even when the specific symptoms do not clearly confirm it.
Chimaphilla umbellate is useful when soreness in the region of the prostate gland is worse with pressure, especially during sitting, especially if you have the sensation of sitting on a ball or of painful swelling. Discharge of mucus from the penis or the presence of stringy mucus in the urine may be present.
Kali bichromium is good for prostate pain that is aggravated by walking or if you feel like you must stand still for relief. Symptoms include needlelike pain or drawing pains extending from the prostate into the penis, burning in the urethra after urination, or discharge of very thick, sticky, or stringy material from the penis.
Causticum may be a good choice if you experience pressure and pulsations in the prostate with pain extending into the urethra and bladder after passing a few drops of urine.
Lycopodium is indicated for pressure in the prostate that is aggravated during and after urination as well as for needlelike pains in the bladder and anus.
How to Use Homeopathy Treatment for Prostatitis
It is recommended to find a homeopath experienced with prostate problems. You can contact the Society of Homeopaths to get names of homeopaths in your area. If treating at home you may follow different courses of oral treatment based on whether the symptoms are acute or chronic. Generally, for acute symptoms, one dose can be given two times a day for up to five days and less frequently as the symptoms improve. For chronic cases, as with CP/CPPS, one dose of the 30th potency per day for five days, or a low potency twice daily for up to two weeks.
When should you try another medicine? In acute cases, if there is no improvement after 36 to 48 hours, try a different therapy. In chronic cases, if the symptoms have not improved within 10 to 14 days, move on to a different remedy.
There are other natural and alternative treatments for prostatitis that you may also want to consider. Many supplements can help with prostatitis symptoms, and many of them have a lot of research backing them up. Other holistic programs such as the “NPAT” Treatment Program for Prostatitis involve several natural and alternative therapies such as:
- Natural treatments (ALCAT, elimination diets, and wheat-free diets);
- Phytotherapy (pollen and quercetin together with probiotics);
- Alternative treatments (acupuncture, prostate massage, pelvic rehabilitation and therapy); and
- Total body (exercise, chronic stress management, lifestyle).
As a rule, most men with CP/CPPS do best with a multimodal treatment program. Treating CP/CPPS takes patience and time, but if you employ many different treatment methods, you will find the right combination that helps relieve your individual symptoms