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Alternative, Complementary, Integrative, Holistic, Mind-Body, and More

alternative therapy wellness holistic prostatitisThere are many proposed conventional, prostate-targeted treatments for prostatitis,.which are linked through the tabs that are linked above: Surgery, antibiotics, alpha-blockers, prostate massage, and prostate injections.

There are also less conventional treatments as well as treatments that are not directly targeted at the prostate. These include those that are often referred to as alternative treatments, complementary therapies, integrative medicines, herbal remedies, and/or holistic and wellness approaches. These treatments at times revolve around non-prescription and chemically complex supplements, lifestyle changes, and physical and behavioral modifications. These treatments can sometimes be a useful tool in coping with prostatitis. Thus, one must distinguish between:

  • Treatments of prostatitis
  • Tools for coping with prostatitis
You can read about such treatments and their role in the treatment of and/or management of prostatitis by following the links below:


Natural Supplements, Herbal Remedies, Phytotherapy
Many of today’s conventional conventional and alternative treatments have literal and figurative roots in medical plants. Salicylic acid, which we call aspirin, is found in willow bark and relieves inflammatory pain. Senna is found in Arabian shrubs and relieves constipation. But not all that is natural is salutary: Hemlock, foxglove, and cyanide are herbal poisons. Whether they are used alone or in combination with more conventional treatments such as antibiotics, in the evaluation of herbal products, as with any proposed treatments, experience and data should guide optimal use. The following pages provide some guidelines regarding our present state of knowledge about some herbs and botanicals used specifically to treat chronic prostatitis. For a more extensive review, you may also want to browse the Memorial Sloan-Kettering botanicals resource pages.


Physical Therapy, Muscle Manipulation
Pain can arise from muscle tension as a response to emotional distress. Such is the case with some forms of headache, for example, in which the muscles of the head and neck become tense in response to anxiety. Among the proposed remedies for muscle ache is physical manipulation: Massage. Two forms of massage have been proposed for prostatitis. They are reviewed in the following pages.


Lifestyle, Behavioral, and Mind-Body Modification
As muscle pain can be a consequence of emotional distress, one potential remedy is to reverse the distress: To address the primary source of the pain by adjusting the stategies for emotionally and cognitively coping with environmental psychosocial stressors. These strategies are examined in the pages below.

 


Medications for Neuropathic Pain, Neurosurgery
Pain is mediated by the nervous system. Pain can also be caused by a malfunctioning nervous system. For example, an amputee may feel pain in a limb that no longer exists, which is an example of neuropathic pain. The following pages examine the direct role of the nervous system in the pain patients perceive as prostatitis.

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