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by James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

Prostatitis is an infection or a chronic inflammation of the prostate gland. Unlike an enlarged prostate, it strikes men of all ages. The most common form is chronic nonbacterial prostatitis (NBP), also called chronic abacterial prostatitis. This condition is caused by a fungus, a virus, or mycoplasma infections and often cannot be resolved by antibiotics (especially for the fungal and viral infections). An acute bacterial ­ infection, usually by E. coli, is another cause. An enlarged prostate gland predisposes one to this condition, since urine flow is not as efficient and microbes are more likely to accumulate. In addition, pain in the pelvic floor muscles can cause pain in the prostate region.

When infected, the prostate becomes inflamed and tender, and the man has difficulty producing a constant flow of urine. The infection produces other symptoms as well, which may include a fever, chills, a pain in the lower back, and bloody urine. The greatest danger of prostatitis is that it will become a chronic problem, in which the bladder cannot empty itself. As with benign enlargement, this constant urine retention can cause an infection or kidney disorders.

We have successfully treated several men who had chronic prostatitis who were unresponsive to previous doctors' treatments with antibiotics. Many of the natural therapies mentioned in this section work at the root causes of prostatitis, which include nonbacterial infections and prostate enlargement. Homeopathy can be particularly effective for this condition, as can certain nutritional therapies, such as rye pollen extract.

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