Last Modified on Oct 04, 2015
Treatment of prostatitis includes a variety of practices that incorporate daily supplements and natural remedies. One of the most widely used holistic cures is cayenne pepper, which is reported to alleviate the symptoms of a swollen prostate quickly. Cayenne is also widely used in the treatment of prostate cancer.
What Is Prostatits?
An inflamed or swollen prostate is known as prostatitis; it is common for the prostate gland to become enlarged as a man ages. The medical term for this condition is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or benign prostatic hypertrophy, and as cells increase they form large nodules that can compress the urethra, obstructing the flow of urine and causing pain. The prostate gland doesn't usually cause problems until later in life - it rarely causes symptoms before age 40. However, more than 50% of men in their sixties and as many as 90% in their seventies and eighties have some symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
Prostatitis can also occur due to bacterial infection; it is possible for bacteria carried in the urine to leak into the prostate. While there is no evidence that an enlarge prostate can lead to prostate cancer, an enlarged prostate can overproduce the same proteins used to screen for prostate cancer.
Natural Remedies for an Enlarged Prostate
In this section you will find a number of user submitted home remedies and folk cures for swollen prostates. Our most popular remedy is cayenne pepper, and other users have recommended bee pollen, propolis, apple cider vinegar, and blackstrap molasses. Let us know what you try to soothe a swollen prostate; and if you know a remedy that you do not see here, please do not hesitate to share it with us.
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Here are some helpful insights (I hope helpful) on what might be happening relative to prostate problems.
Enlarged prostate might mean there is an infection in the prostate causing enlargement of the prostate, unrelated to cancer. The reports form various cancer studies would indicate that enlargement (BPH) does not mean there is there is cancer in the prostate.
There is more a likelihood that there is a yeast, bacterial or viral infection in the prostate causing the enlargement. But then the reaction upon learning of a BPH problem by typical health care providers is to get a needle biopsy (12 point biopsy) where 12 needles are shot through the rectum and into the prostate.
However, the infection rate is very high for such a procedure.
So there is a quandary about how to handle the issue. A regular medical approach would typically call for such a biopsy and also an MRI and then medication.
But for those wishing to take a more conservative approach, the postponement of the invasive procedures means one would be looking at natural means to reduced enlargement; use of beta sitosterol, saw palmetto, pumpkin seed and many other formulas might be first tried.
But the underlying problem of the possibility of a deep seated infection in the prostate will still not have been addressed. So often the anti inflammation problem will persist.
My suggestion is that any man suffering with BPH who is seeking out methods to deal with prostate enlargement not overlook the possibility of underlying infection.
There are some innovative methods of analysis available...Radio Wave Frequency techniques, Rife Technology and other possible avenues for determining if a yeast or bacteria or virus is causing the enlargement should be explored.
I'd appreciate any reader to comment on this issue of how to determine if an infection is present and how to deal with possible deep tissue infections...in this case a possible deep gland infection.
I have used colloidal silver over a long term in high quantity as well as Rife. So far in measuring inflammation, mine is much reduced. Deep bacteria infection appears to have been the cause and I think the Rife technology is the reason there is a reduction in infection and consequently a reduction in inflammation. Hence, I am becoming asymptomatic. Reduction in gland enlargement, however, can take a very long time to accomplish so patience is a virtue.
I have to avoid the known prostate inflammatory items such as coffee and chocolate.
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Apple Cider Vinegar for an Enlarged Prostate
Home Remedy Ingredients:
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 Teaspoons
- Filtered Water - 16 Oz
The ACV Tonic can help to restore the body's acid/alkaline balance and overall excretory health, reducing prostate issues. Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water that you'll sip throughout the day. One or two glasses a day is recommended
[YEA] I started using ACV and raw honey 2 weeks ago, but only because someone said that it was good for you. I never gave it a thought about how it would help me. I have been taking Flomax for about 2 years now, but today, I have not taken a Flomax for two days, and I don't need flomax now. Thanks to the ACV and Raw Local Honey.
As an added benefit, my Ohio River Valley allergies have all but gone away. Yea
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[YEA] No one was more sceptical than me about natural cures, but through desperation I turned to the Internet to try and find help for my prostate issues. I am very grateful to every one who posted about apple cider vinegar because to my amazement it really works. I have had troubles for nearly four years without remedy, and yet within three hours of taking the vinegar (one tablespoon in water) the discomfort I have suffered for so long started to dissipate. Two days later I feel so much better and I would encourage anyone suffering to give it a try. I have also started taking blackstrap molasses as recomended on another part of this site. In the UK I got the apple cider vinegar from Asda and the blackstrap molasses from Amazon. I never post on websites but feel it is so important for sufferers to give it a try I had to help spread the word. Best wishes to everyone looking for help.
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[YEA] I had both the acid reflux and the slow urine stream and getting up two and three times a night to urinate. I started on raw and organic apple cider vinegar; two teaspoons in 8 oz. of tea or water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and after 2 weeks I am much improved. In hot tea add raw honey as well. I am able to empty my bladder better and now get up once during the night. Urine stream is also better. I take the Apple Cider Vinegar "cocktail" every morning and so far great results. Take at least 1 hour before meals.They do recommend not taking over two tablespoons per day.
[YEA] ACV works really well :) I use 1 or 1 and half tablespoons of ACV in a glass of juice and take that once or twice a day.
I started taking ACV for my prostate issues and found great relief using this. ACV is the best remedy I have found to date. No more pain when urinating. No more pain after sex. Wonderful! Sometimes the pain was really really bad, sometimes I would have erections that would not go away, and were not sexual at all..
Wonder of wonders, after taking ACV I soon noticed my mild reflux was gone.. and also my rhinitis had further improved. I use the No Starch Diet (quite similar to Paleo Diet actually) for my messed up immune system and that had already greatly improved my rhinitis (and other inflammatory immune problem too).
== Other things I tried ==
* Molasses - actually seemed to work reasonably well, but the ACV remedy is better!
* Top quality Multivitamin & Mineral & Antioxidant supplement (Pharmaceutical grade). ACV is still better hehe
* Making the renal system alkaline helped. That includes things like Cream of Tartar mixed with juice. Baking soda and water on an empty tummy. Lots of fruit & veg.. etc.
== Things that make it worse ==
** Chocolate! (due to sugar content perhaps?)
* Excessive protein consumption - makes the urine too acidic and my prostate doesn't like it.
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Hi there I'm 23 years old , I have been tested for everything regarding my penis and prostate but nothing came up. So the doctor says that I have inflamed prostate and prescribed soem useless medication, what I'm suffering for is that after urinating I drip urine and I have to clean up for a while till I can get dressed again, I also pee a lot and during peeing the stream finishes and then it starts again. Not to mention the times I wake up from my sleep to pee. I took a look at peoples remedies and I found one regarding Apple Cider Vinegar and natural saw palmetto. I was just wondering would this really work and if it does can you pretty please tell me what amount I should use. I'm also suffering from esophagel reflux.
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[YEA] First - a painless way to take the ACV is in V8 juice. A shot in a glass is actually a nice drink. Having a friend who had prostate issues, I sent him a link to this page and just to try, used ACV in pea soup last night and ---- strange, no urgent need to hit the bathroom this morning. That, following nighly trips there in the last week. Just maybe I'll get around to follow-up posts.
[YEA] I ended up on your site looking for a cure for shingles. I found it and it involved among other things Apple cider vinegar to be ingested and a mix of Aloe vera and crushed cayenne pepper rubbed on the redness which almost instantly brought the blisters to a head. I was done with shingles in about a week. Because of all the testimonials here, I decided to keep on taking the ACV orally 3 times a day. In liquid form or capsules. I realized that my flow of urine got stronger and started to last much longer. I had prostate problems for a few years and I was taking every day some very expensive herbal tea that was working somewhat. I decided to stop the herbal tea and stay on the ACV only. I now pee like a 15 years old and I'm not on any medication. ACV also cured me of my insomnia! Thank you Earth Clinic for such a great site.
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[YEA] I recently tried apple cider vinegar and it both helped my erection and helped me stay hard as well as urinary troubles in the morning slow stream of urine to normal. If you could please confirm this with other testamonials would appreciate it. thanks
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[YEA] Apple cider vinager has reduced my acid reflux and the positive proof of killing all of the bacteria in my bladder came from a lab test when I thought I had a prostate infection. The doctor looked at the results and said my urine was so remarkably clean, (without any bacteria) she did not know what I had. Therefore, she sent to urology and it was discovered I had too much acid in my system. Much of it was too much coffee, orange juice and grape juice plus ACV. When cutting back on too much juice, my prostate symtoms were gone in a few days, but the proof of " no bacteria in my bladder" was reason enough to let others know the benefits of AVC. All bladders have ... cells floating around and that causes bladder and kidney infections. AVC can prevent that. DJS
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[YEA] Cider vinegar sprinkled on raw tomatoes keeps the prostate gland healthy.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Hi,
I've had a swollen prostate for over a year now and I've tried most of the natural remedies, like ACV with bicarb, saw palmetto, willow herb and molasses with bicarb I also take MSM (Organic Sulphur) with vit C (calcium ascorbate) everyday. I am constantly waking throughout the night to urinate from 4 to 6 times a night. None of the above apart from the ACV and bicarb have had any relieving effect.
My problem now is that after I've urinated, for several minutes I have a sort of urinary incontinence not a lot but quite a few drips running down my leg. Do you have any solutions?
Yours Gratefully, Peter
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[YEA] ACV with saw palmetto honey - 2 to 3 tablespoons ACV, a coat of honey on bottom of glass and a dash of water-stir until diluted - 3 times a day for 3 weeks then once a day for 3 weeks - then 4 - 5 times a week once a day. Stopped taking nexium for reflux and saw palmetto for prostate.
[YEA] 1tsp pure honey 1 tsp bee pollen in hot water drink early morning and 1 propolis pill and 1 royal jelly pill and up to 3 nettle leaves pill or tea organic is best I think.
This is the remedy I use everday for enlarged prostate with concurrent infections I have had this problem for 7 years now and this is the first thing that has made feel 85% better good luck hope it helps someone.
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I am taking up medicines to control my prostrate enlargement, could Black Strap Molasses cure it? Thanks.