Prostatitis (Prostatic Hypertrophy, Benign)
A common entity which occurs in about four out of every five men in America over the age of 50 years. It is characterized by the growth of multiple fibroadenomatous nodules enlarging the prostate gland and compromising the urethra causing variable degrees of bladder outlet obstruction. Progressive urinary frequency and urgency, with incomplete emptying and rapid refilling of the bladder, hesitancy and intermittency and decreased size and force of the urinary stream are the common diagnostic signs. Hormones typically involved are increased estrogens and DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which become elevated with increased belly fat, poor detoxification, and insulin resistance.
A naturopathic approach to treating someone with BPH includes thorough hormones testing to best evaluate if a hormone imbalance could be contributing to symptoms. Once established, clinical nutrition and botanical medicine may be prescribed to help rebalance the hormones. A low glycemic index meal plan may be prescribed if insulin resistance is suspected or confirmed on testing. An aggressive short term estrogen detoxification program may be prescribed if elevated estradiol is found on testing. Clinical nutrition and botanical medicine may be prescribed to put health back into the prostat