What is Prostatitis?
Prostatitis is a painful inflammation of the prostate or the areas around it. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located just below the bladder in men. The prostate gland secretes semen that nourishes and transports sperm.
It generally affects men of all ages, but men in their 50’s or younger are generally affected. There could be a possible number of causes linked to inflammation or infection in the prostate gland. However, in many cases, the cause has not been identified.
Researchers have identified four types of prostatitis:
- chronic prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome
- acute bacterial prostatitis
- chronic bacterial prostatitis
- asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis
Depending on the underlying cause, prostatitis can occur gradually or suddenly. It might persist for days or extend to weeks (called chronic prostatitis).
Men with asymptomatic prostatitis may not show signs. In most cases, a person accidentally gets to know about inflammatory prostatitis when testing for other urinary tract conditions or disorders. This type of prostatitis does not need a specific treatment as it can get better on its own.
Prostatitis often causes painful urination, pain in the groin, pelvic area or genitals. If the infection spreads to other organs, you may also observe flu-like signs.
Types of Prostatitis
There are two types of prostatitis
Chronic prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome
The exact cause of chronic prostatitis is not known yet. Mostly, it is the result of a microorganism that triggers the infection. This type of prostatitis is often related to the presence of chemicals in the urine, the faults in the immune system’s response to a previous urinary tract infection, or damage to the nerves in the pelvic area.
Acute and chronic bacterial prostatitis
A bacterial infection of the prostate also causes bacterial prostatitis. The acute type happens promptly and can get better easily.
Chronic prostatitis may develop slowly and lasts a long time, say for years. The cause could be the bacteria travelling from the urethra into the prostate.
Signs and Causes
Acute bacterial prostatitis. Your urinary tract is made up of the bladder, the kidneys, and the tubes that go between them. If bacteria find their way into the prostate, you may develop an infection.
The signs linked to acute bacterial prostatitis may include:
- Urgent need to pee, but you end up urinating only a little
- High fever
- Trouble peeing
- Pain around the base of your penis or behind your scrotum
- Cloudy or smelly urine
Chronic bacterial prostatitis. Chronic bacterial prostatitis is highly prevalent in older men. It is a mild bacterial infection that can last several months.
The symptoms of chronic bacterial prostatitis may come and go, so you may not know the exact cause. The usual signs are as follow:
- An urgent need to urinate, mostly in the middle of the night
- Painful urination
- Urinary blockage
- Pain after you ejaculate
- Back pain
- Rectum pain
- Feeling heaviness behind your scrotum
- Blood in the semen
Chronic prostatitis has some signs similar to that of bacterial prostatitis. But when you run the diagnostic tests, it does not show any bacteria.
Doctors don’t know what causes chronic prostatitis, but usual triggers include stress, damage to the nerves around the pelvic area, or perhaps a physical injury that may also contribute to CP/CPPS.
CP/CPPS has also been related to disorders of the immune system like chronic fatigue syndrome and irritable bowel movement or IBS.
The pain may last for more than three months in either of the parts, including the scrotum, penis, between the scrotum and rectum, and lower abdomen.
It is also common for people with chronic prostatitis to experience pee when ejaculating. You might not be able to hold the urine for long, or likely you may urinate more than eight times a day. A weak urine stream is yet another complication of CP/CPPS.
Asymptomatic prostatitis. Men who have this type of prostatitis may have an inflamed prostate but no signs. You may only learn about it when your doctor does a blood test to check for your prostate health. Asymptomatic prostatic gets better on its own, but it may cause fertility issues.
Prostatitis Risk Factors
A person is more likely to have issues with prostate, if:
- You’ve had an infection of the urinary tract
- You’ve had a groin injury
- You use a urinary catheter
- You have HIV/AIDS
- You have enlarged prostate symptoms
- You’ve had prostatitis before
- An inflamed or infected prostate gland is common in men of all ages but slightly more common in people in their 50s or younger
- You’ve had a prostate biopsy
If you have prostatitis, your doctor may want to go for a diagnostic test before starting with the treatment. Ayurveda works the best in such scenarios and offers proven results.
Ayurvedic treatment for prostatitis
In Ayurveda, every cell, tissue, and organ in the body has a function to serve. The elimination of urine is a function of Apanavayu. But if your Apanavayu is disturbed, it affects the process of urination.
In Ayurveda, prostatitis is categorized under the aegis of Mootrakrichhra, which means dysuria.
Mootrakrichhra is classified into various types based on the doshas which are affected:
Vataj Mootrakruchhra: It is characterized by the aggravation of Vata, which obstructs urination and causes intense pain in the pelvic region.
Pitta Mootrakrichhra: Triggered by the vitiation of Pitta that turns urine red or yellow in color with a severe burning sensation.
Kapha Mootrakrichhra: Characterized by swelling and heaviness in the pelvic region followed by sticky urine.
Sannipatik Mootrakrichhra: It is the outcome of all the three doshas and therefore possesses mixed characteristics.
So, the aim of ayurvedic treatment is to restore the function of the pelvic region and help you get rid of infection using detoxification programs—this cleaning and removal of blockages in the urinary tract help to stabilize the functioning of Apana Vayu.
At AyuKarma, we have procedures and therapies to help with the function of the prostate gland. At every step, we make sure that you get better results using the ways of Ayurveda and don’t opt for surgical intervention.
Consult us for more information.