- Men's Health & Wellness
11 Medicinal Herbs That Help with Inflamed Prostate (prostatitis)
This is a collection of 11 herbal remedies that reduce pain, reduce glandular inflammation and increase the urine flow. You still need to consult your GP/MD if herbal remedies are good for your case.
What is prostatitis?
It is inflammation or infection of the prostate gland. The gland produces part of the semen in males and is important medium to carry healthy spermatozoids to their target.
Unhealthy prostate can lead to many complications, such as:
- Low sexual performance.
- Difficulty urinating (with pain and discharge).
Prostatitis is a condition you don't want. That said, if you are determined to try natural remedies, do read below.
Pine sprouts (Turiones pini)
Pine sprout tea is good for many ailments for its ability to battle inflammation and reduce the size of swollen glands. I have explained some more details in another article, but this herb is easily accessible, cheap and helps reduce prostate gland and ease the flow of urine if the gland is enlarged.
Put a tablespoon of crushed, dry pine sprouts in a large tea pot. Pour half pint (350 ml) of boiling water over the sprouts. Cover and let it steam for 30 minutes. Filter and keep in a bottle.
Drink 100 ml with a spoon of honey. 3 times a day, before meals.
If you have unused tea, it can also be used to reduce hemorrhoid swelling. Soak a soft cloth and wash the inflamed area.
Allergy warning: Pine pollen can be inhaled while working with the dry sprouts. Avoid deep breathing if you suspect you may be allergic to pine pollen.
Yarrow blossoms (Achillea millefolium L.)
Some call Yarrow - a male herb. In the past, warriors were carrying Yarrow with them for Its bleed-stopping and pain-relieving properties. Others call Yarrow - female herb, because women used it to stop uterus bleeding and menstrual pain.
In both cases, Yarrow cleans the blood, stops bleeding and relieves pain. It is very good for cleaning internal glands and shrinking inflamed prostate.
Tea infusion: Just pour a cup of boiling water over a tablespoon of dried and crushed yarrow. Cover for few minutes. Let it cool a bit to lukewarm. Sweeten with honey and drink.
St. John's wort bloomed sprouts (Hypericum perforatum L.)
St. John's wort is probably one of the most significant herbs one can find.
It is good for plenty of ailments in internal organs and helps against blue mood.
Mix a handful of dried finely ground St. John's wort with honey until fully soaked. It should feel like a cream. Use fine grinder.
Take one tablespoon of this cream 3 times per day before of after meal.
Of course teas and infusions of the herb with generous amount of honey are also preferable if you can't stand the bitter-sweet taste of the dried herb itself.
Hazel leaves (Corylus avellana L.)
If your prostatitis is with concomitant weigh gain and fluid retention and difficulties urinating, the hazel leaves are just for you,
Everyone knows about hazel nuts but most people don't know that hazel leaves are useful as well.
(Same is valid for Sour cherry's handles)
For a daily dose - 2 table spoons of dried and ground hazel leaves are boiled for 15 minutes in 6 cups (1.5 litres) of water. Leave it to cool for 2 hours as it is (infusion is slow). Strain with fine cloth or strainer.
Helps get rid of excess body fluids, reduces inflammation processes and reduces varicose veins.
Results are felt after 2 weeks.
[Stay safe]: Even if you are allergic to nuts, this infusion is safe for you, but consult your MD/GP if you should take it
Bearberry sprouts (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi L.)
Very underestimated herb in present day medicine.
The main effect of the bear berries infusion is antiuroseptic (cleans the ureic duct of bacteria). This is done by the arbutin glycoside inside the leaves.
Bearberries also have ursolic acid which recovers elasticity of the muscles encompassing the prostate gland.
One tablespoon of dried and crushed sprouts are soaked in 500 ml (2 cups) of water for 12 hours (overnight is good, but no less than 8 hours). The mix is then boiled for 5 minutes and left to cool for 20 minutes.
Infusion is divided into 4-5 doses and taken with a spoon of honey before meals. It is mildly sour so it can increase appetite as well.
When to avoid this infusion: In case of kidney disease, bearberry is not safe and large doses may make you vomit, get dizzy and sweaty. Consult your MD if this infusion is okay if you suspect you may have any kidney condition. Your enlarged prostate may be a result of this ailment instead of bacteria.
Horsetail sprouts (Equisetum arvense L.)
Horsetail has 2 kinds of sprouts.
Fertile. Spring one (the one in the picture) which brings spores.
Sterile. Summer one. The one we need to use.
The picture is for informational purposes only. Do not gather this herb yourself!
There are 5 main varieties of Horsetail and 4 of 5 are poisonous to either cattle or humans.
Buy this herb from a store or let an experienced herbalist gather it for you.
The herb itself is potent diuretic and has good antibiotic properties for bile and ureic ducts.
Boil 2 tablespoons of the herb in 500 ml water (2 cups) for 10 minutes. Leave it to cool itself. Sift and keep in dark place. Away from kids. Unless you want wet underwear.
Divide in 2 parts and drink it before breakfast and after dinner.
If a liquid remains for the next day - pour it into the sink. It will become too bitter for drinking.
Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon L.)
This is quite underestimated herb too (I should say weed).
Bermuda grass can be found in many areas around the world. It is considered invasive weed by gardeners, but is very often used in grasslands, playgrounds, golf fields, and many others.
The part used as a remedy is actually underground. The rhizomes of bermuda grass are gathered in spring, cleaned from soil and dried for later use.
Herb is dry enough, when the rhizome cracks and breaks when bent.
2 tablespoons of crushed rhizomes are boiled for 5 minutes in 2 cups of water (500 ml).
Drink 100 ml of this infusion 3 times per day.
Apart from helping in prostatitis the herb also helps excrete small kidney stones (sand) and cleans the bladder.
Maize hairs (Stigmata maydis)
One of the best diuretics after birch tree bark.
In addition to this, silk is also good for:
- Burning fat (decreases appetite if taken 20 minutes before meals),
- Reducing "bad" cholesterol,
- Reducing kidney stones,
- Reducing anxiety,
- Stopping internal bleeding etc.
The best use for the corn silk is of course its ability to alleviate internal pain and bleeding while helping your urination.
Boil a handful of the silk with 2 cups of water for 5 minutes. Drink 1 glass before meals.
Flax seeds (Linum usitatissimum L.)
Flax seeds protect your body from infections and reduce cancer cell growth in prostate.
There are plenty of uses for flax water, flax oil and raw seeds. They are not very tasty but are very healthy to eat.
If you can't stand the raw seed taste, soak them in warm water overnight or put them into your sprout maker to use in salads.
Commercial flax oils are impure and tend to become rancid if they are all natural. Because of this - most over the counter flax oil bottles have a lot of soy oil for stabilization (always check the label when buying).
Because of this, I encourage most people to either eat the seeds raw or make herbal teas at home.
There are 2 very useful groups of ingredients in the seeds and seedlings. One is water-soluble, the other is fat-soluble. So, to get both in one run, you need to make a kind of mongol tea with the seeds:
- Handful of crushed seeds are boiled in 2 liter water in tea pot with good lid.
- When the water starts to boil, add the seeds and a tablespoon of butter.
- Add honey and drink when still warm-enough to not see solid butter chunks forming on top of the water.
Butter will extract the fat-soluble nutrients and water will extract the others.
This tea can be reheated as many times as you want.
The only downturn is - Flax seeds tend to make the liquid to jelly when cooled and this may be a bit unpleasant for some tastes.
Barley seeds (Hordeum vulgare L.)
Barley has a lot of properties.
We eat it in breads.
We drink it in beers and other beverages.
We don't know it's actually a herbal remedy with ages of history.
Boil quarter cup of barley seeds in 8 cups of water until half the water evaporates. Sift and drink with honey and lemon.
Seeds can be used in a salad.
Barley calms the pain in the urethra, reduces colitis pain, throat and internal organs inflammation.
Juniper berries (Juniperus oxycedrus L.)
- Good antioxidant.
- Good diuretic.
- Good spasmolytic.
- Alleviates rheumatoid pain.
No need to say more.
They are probably WAY TOO bitter to be eaten raw, so the best solution is to take them in capsules (a bit expensive) or to make some herbal infusion from raw berries.
They tend to grow on mountain slopes where most other plants don't thrive well and can be harvested in late summer or when the fall comes. Ideally before frost comes.
Harvest only fully grown berries (they are soft and dark).
Infusion can be made by boiling 200 grams of fruits in 1 liter of water for 10-12 minutes.
Crouching herbal baths are also particularly useful for people with chronic prostatitis who have expressed complaints from the nervous system. Very beneficial for women with cystitis as well (but not pregnant or trying to conceive).
Pour infusion in a plastic basin or baby tub. As wide as your bottom side is.
The infusion temperature should be as body's (36.5-37.5 Celsius), and the length of procedures - 15-20 minutes.
Words of Caution: Berries are to be avoided during pregnancy and by those who have kidney illness. They should always be used in low concentrations.
Prostate recovery exercise
- Sit on the ground.
- Bend your knees to your chest and hug them with both hands to keep the legs to the body.
- Let only your heels remain propped on earth to be able to keep your balance.
- Now begin to move forward with your butt as you turn your body alternately left and right.
- Your movements must resemble duck walking.
- Do this exercise at least once a day for 10-15 minutes.
This not only improves circulation to the buttock, but increases the tone of anus, prostate and favorably affect many other diseases other than those of the prostate such as chronic constipation. At the end of the first week you will notice a beneficial "side effect" of exercise - tightening of the gluteal muscle (your significant half will like this ;) )