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 Naturopathic Medicine: Prostate Problems 
 

  • Chamaelirium luteum (Helonias): prostate aches as if sitting on a ball

  • Cucurbita pepo (squash and pumpkin): specially grown varieties; decongests prostate, tones bladder and sphincter

  • Delphinium staphysagria (toxic): to assist other indicated remedies

  • Echinacea purpurea

  • Equisetum arvense: specific for; combines well with Hydrangea arborescens

  • Galium aparine: prostatic irritation in aged

  • Serenoa serrulata: specific for throbbing, aching dull pain, discharge, irritation with dysuria and dribbling in aged; may combine well with Equisetum arvense and Hydrangea arborescens

  • Urtica dioica (leaf and root): activates metabolism Chinese herbs are most often not only from plant species unknown in the West, but used quite differently than Western herbs. For one thing, a Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) diagnosis describes the effect of the "problem" on the patient, rather than describing the "problem" (such as BPH) itself. A number of TCM diagnoses might be given for BPH, such as Damp Heat in the Lower Burner. This concept will be briefly discussed below, under the Acupoint section. It is impossible to give an intelligible treatise on Traditional Chinese Medicine here. Please refer to the list of General References to begin your studies of this vast and comprehensive topic. However, in case you know a qualified Chinese herbalist, or Certified/Licensed (through the NCCA) acupuncturist with a good grasp of herbs, the following list may provide you with a guideline to discuss with the practitioner.
    • 15 g of Polygonum cuspidatum (hu zhang cao): Lower Warmer Damp-Heat

    • Prostate Gland Pills (patent): Xue (Blood) Stagnation with Lower Warmer Damp-Heat

    • Akebia 14 (patent): Lower Warmer Damp-Heat

    • Xiao Ji Yin Zi: Xue (Blood) Heat

    • Persica and Rhubarb C. (Tao He Cheng Qi Tang): Xue (Blood) Stagnation with Xue (Blood) Heat: pain on pressure on left lower quadrant, constipation, and urinary stoppage in strong constitution

    • Rhubarb and Moutan C. (Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang): Large Intestine Damp-Heat: Pain on palpation of right abdomen, constipation, urinary stoppage in strong constitution

    • Cinnamon and Hoelen F. (Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan): Xue (Blood) Stagnation

    • Kai Kit Pill (patent): Qi Xu (Deficiency) with Yin Xu (Deficiency)

    • Rehmannia Eight F. (Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan): Kidney Yin Xu (Deficiency) with Kidney Yang Xu (Deficiency)
    Another aspect of TCM is the use of ultra-fine "needles" which are inserted just below the skin to remove blockages in the "vital force," known as "Qi" (pronounced chee). Again, the following treatment suggestions can ONLY be applied by a qualified acupuncturist. After assessing the whole person and palpating, consider these patterns:

    Kidney Xu (Deficiency); Liver Qi Stagnation; Damp-Heat; Shi (Excess) of the Yang Qiao Mai (Yang Motility Vessel) and/or Xu (Deficiency) of the Yin Qiao Mai (Yin Motility Vessel); Shi (Excess) of the Ren Mai (Conception Vessel). Once the "pattern" of dysfunction is determined, the following acupoints may be considered. Each of the more than 400 primary acupoints is located on a very specific place on the body's surface, along one of the 12 major or 2 "extra" meridians, and relates not only to the local area, but to an organ system, a sensory system, a color, a mood and may also have other special applications.

    • Bladder 18
    • Bladder 19
    • Bladder 23
    • Bladder 47
    • Bladder 28
    • Conception Vessel 4
    • Conception Vessel 3
    • Spleen 9
    • Spleen 6
    • Kidney 7
    So, you think all of this has been quite esoteric. Now for something even "further out" from mainstream medicine, with growing numbers of followers, which likely indicates there's something to it.

    Color therapy is used ost often with thin pieces of colored plastic ("gels") over home or office light sources, such as a lamp. The following colors are listed for BPH:

    • lemon (helps to dissolve blood clots; acts as a chronic alterative) on front of body

    • orange (acts as a decongestant) and indigo (an astringent, antipyic, antiemetic, and hemostatic) between genital and anal areas

    • indigo and violet on prostate

    • alternate blue and yellow on kidneys for 10 minutes each

    • drink blue treated water

    • violet on chest
    A growing number of progressive thinkers like to use semi-precious stones for their healing. The stones may be held, or placed on the affected body part, or placed into the bottom of your drinking water. Consult someone who knows about "healing rocks" for more ideas. Here are a few used in BPH:
    • Coral
    • Pearl
    • Diamond
    • Topaz
    • Topaz, Coral
    • Carnelian
    • Citrine
    • Ruby
    • Garnet
    The mind is by far the most important aspect in your total well-being. Psychospiritual approaches to healthcare are being used increasingly even in the most conventional of settings. The following ideas about the origins and treatment of BPH should provide some food for thought:
    • Sexual disturbances associated with chronic masturbation, prior STD's, extramarital affairs with unexpressed guilt feelings and long standing unhappy relationships.
    • Unhappiness
    • Prostate represents masculine principle.
    • Mental fears weaken the masculinity. Giving up. Sexual pressure and guilt. Belief in aging.

    Visualization:
    • discovering the walnut
    • sun's entry

    and Affirmation:
    • I accept and rejoice in my masculinity.
    • I love and approve of myself.
    • I accept my own power.
    • I am forever young in spirit.
    • It is safe to be a man.
    Closing thoughts:
    • What is the symptom preventing me from doing? What is the symptom making me do?
    Prostatitis
    This condition is defined as an acute or chronic infection of the prostate gland. It is generally caused by infection by chlamydia, gram-negative enteric bacteria or neisseria gonorrhea. Signs and symptoms are different for acut versus chronic presentations and may include, for acute bacterial prostatitis (often seen in young males and those receiving catheterization):
    • High fever with chills.
    • UTI with frequency, urgency, dysuria or burning, nocturia.
    • Occasional hematuria.
    • Low back/testicular/perineal pain.
    • Obstructive symptoms when voiding may occur.
    • Boggy, markedly tender prostate.
    Take note: Vigorous massage of the prostate with suspected infection is contraindicated to avoid spreading the infection into the bloodstream.

    Chronic bacterial prostatitis, the most common cause of recurrent bacteriuria in males, may often be asymptomatic except when there are frequent UTI (urinary tract infections). Other findings may be:
    • Bacteriuria (bacteria in the urine sample)
    • Bacteria found in prostate secretions.
    • Prostate may feel normal on palpation, but could also feel tender and boggy and produce significant secretions.
    Acute nonbacterial prostatitis is typically seen in young, sexually active men. The symptoms are the same as bacterial prostatitis but no bacteria are present. Nonbacterial prostatitis treatment is harder for conventional physicians to treat because drugs often do not help. Make sure your doctor is sure your condition is neither BPH nor cancer.

    Here are some treatment suggestions. With the physical medicine, the approach is similar to treating BPH:

    • sitz bath: alternating (discussed under BPH)
    • short cold bath
    • hot foot bath: with cold compress to pelvic region
    • hot enema: up to 103 degrees F may be used three to four times a day (great for acute cases)
    Eating principles include, for acute prostatitis:
    • increased fluids
    • short fruit or vegetable juice fast
    • vegetarian cleansing diet
    And for chronic prostatitis:
    • hypoallergenic/rotation diet (this means figure out your allergic foods and avoid them, or use them sparingly).
    Extra supplements to consider:
    • Zinc 50 mg daily
    • essential fatty acids, such as found in flax, olive and safflower oils
    • bee pollen 3 tabs daily
    • evening primrose oil
    • Magnesium 400 mg daily
    • Vitamin E 800 I.U. daily
    • Vitamin B-complex
    • Vitamin B6 50 mg daily
    The Western botanical approach is much the same as for BPH, because the gland is targeted for increased specific nutrients and for enhanced blood flow. However, because of the differing approaches to diagnosis, the Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal formulas are somewhat different than those given for BPH:
    • Dianthus F. (Ba Zheng San): Bladder Damp-Heat: dark turbid scanty difficult painful urination, dry mouth, yellow greasy tongue coat; may be urinary retention and lower abdominal distention and pain

    • Gentiana C. (Long Dan Xie Gan Wan) (available as patent); Gentiana 12 (patent): Liverand Gall Bladder Invaded by Damp-Heat: difficult and painful urination with a sesnation of heal in the urethra, red tongue with yellow coat, bitter taste in mouth, irritability

    • Lotus Seed C.: Kidney Yin Xu (Deficiency) with Empty Fire Blazing (Hsu, 1980, p. 164; Dharmananda, 1986, p. 306)

    • Tokora C. (Bei Xie Fen Qing Yin) (if chronic add ligustrum (nu zhen zi), lysimachia (jian qian cao), cuscuta (tu si zi) and plantago (che qian zi)); Kai Kit Pill (patent): Kidney Failing to Grasp the Qi, including chronic prostatitis ; frequent urination with cloudy, dense, milky or greasy urine

    • Hoelen and Polyporus F.: chronic prostatitis

    • Moutan and Persica C.; Prostate Gland Pills (patent): Xue (Blood) Stagnation: inflammation and pain in the lower abdomen

    • Blue Citrus (patent): Groin swellings

    • Akebia 14 (patent): Prostate inflammation
    The differentiation of acute vs. chronic prostatitis is essential to proper treatment and should be fairly obvious from the presentation. After assessing the person and palpating, consider these patterns:

    Kidney Xu (Deficiency); Kidney Yin Xu (Deficiency) with Empty Fire Blazing; Kidney Failing to Grasp the Qi; Bladder Damp-Heat; Liver Qi Stagnation; Xue (Blood) Stagnation; Liver and Gall Bladder Invaded by Damp-Heat; Spleen Xu (Deficiency); Shi (Excess) of the Ren Mai (Conception Vessel); Shi (Excess) of the Yang Qiao Mai (Yang Motility Vessel); Shi (Excess) of the Chong Mai (Penetrating Vessel).

    After a thorough physical exam, the doctor should consider acupoints from the following selection (quite different from those for BPH):

    • Governing Vessel-4
    • Urinary Bladder18
    • Urinary Bladder-23
    • Urinary Bladder-47
    • Urinary Bladder-28
    • Urinary Bladder-57
    • Large Intestine-11
    • Large Intestine-4
    • Lung-7
    • Conception Vessel-4
    • Spleen-9
    • Kidney-7
    • Kidney-6
    • Liver-3
    • Liver-2
    • Gall Bladder-34
    Typically each acupuntrue session involves placement of 4 to 20 "needles" based on the diagnosis. These needles very rarey cause pain; the unusual sensation is that of the Qi (vital force) "grabbing" the needle, which often causes a dull ache or momentary twinge.

    And now let us consider a very different modality, from a different culture, but that, like acupuncture, works with your vital force. This is the science of homeopathy. The most often chosen homeopathic remedies for prostatitis are somewhat similar to those chosen for BPH, but with a stronger slant towards healing inflammation due to infection, which is the key element differentiating prostatitis from BPH.
    • Aconitum napellus: initial stage

    • Belladonna: throbbing

    • Chimaphilia: with hypertrophy of prostate, frequent urination and discomfort
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    ..but are you just realy trying to sell homeo products mostly ot truly help?
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