What is Prostate Enlargement?
About 50% of men in their 60s and up to 90 % in their 70s and 80s experience an enlarged prostate. Fortunately, the presence or absence of prostate gland enlargement is not related to the development of prostate cancer.
The most common kinds of prostate enlargement are:
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH): enlargement of the prostate tissue around the urethra, resulting in partially blocked urine flow.
- Acute or chronic bacterial prostatitis: enlargement of the prostate due to a bacterial infection.
- Non-bacterial form of chronic prostatitis: although the most common form of prostatitis, its cause is unknown.
Only about half the men with prostate enlargement experience symptoms noticeable or bothersome enough for them to seek medical treatment. These symptoms may include:
- Weak urine stream
- Difficulty starting urination
- Stopping and starting again while urinating
- Dribbling at the end of urination
- Frequent need to urinate
- Increased frequency of urination at night (nocturia)
- Not being able to completely empty the bladder
- Blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Urinary tract infection
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Discomfort during ejaculation
- Fever and chills (infection)
Conventional western medical treatment may include medication, surgery or non-surgical therapies. Antibiotics are effective in treating bacterial prostatitis but don’t work with nonbacterial prostatitis. Some men find relief with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), although continuous use can suppress their immune system.
How Chinese Medicine can Help
At Acubalance, your practitioner will conduct a thorough evaluation of your condition, identify your Chinese medicine pattern, and recommend a treatment plan that may include herbal formulas, acupuncture, stress reduction techniques and diet and lifestyle changes.
Studies have shown that acupuncture, moxibustion (a form of heat therapy used with acupuncture), laser acupuncture, and Chinese herbal therapy can all help restore normal urinary function and eliminate the root causes of prostate enlargement. In one study, electro-acupuncture was also demonstrated to help chronic prostatitis cases that were unresponsive to conventional therapies.
Numerous studies have investigated the importance of alternative therapy to prostate health:
- A study by the department of Urology in the ClevelandClinic, Florida showed the benefits of alternative therapies including phytotherapy (quercetin, bee pollen) and physical therapies such as acupuncture.
- Researchers at the King Street Medical Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada showed how acupuncture successfully ameliorated symptoms in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
- Zhejiang College in Hangzhou, China explored how moxibustion improves prostatitis symptoms.
- Nanjing Medical University in Nanjing, China showed improvement in patients with CPPS and chronic prostatitis when they were treated with a combination of antibiotics and acupuncture.