Prostate infection, also known as prostatitis, is a type of infection that commonly extends upward from the urinary tract. It starts when bacteria, a virus or any microorganism enters the urethra and migrate upward going to the thin tube surrounding the prostrate. Pathogenic microorganisms invade the prostate and later on lead to infection. Prostate infection may also develop after any type of medical procedure involving the prostate, such as prostate biopsy, endoscopic procedures or prostate surgery. Herbal treatments for prostate infection can be taken or applied to relieve disturbing symptoms of prostatitis. One of the most commonly used herbal remedies is Pau d’Arco for prostate infection, due to its high lapachol content. Lapachol, the active ingredient of Pau d’Arco bark, is known for its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, not to mention its immune strengthening bioactivity on the body.
Prostate infection can cause varieties of symptoms depending on the duration of infection, with the most common symptom concerning problems in urination. Problems with ejaculation in men are also common. Clearly, a person with prostatitis will have difficulties in urination and ejaculation since urine and semen travel through the prostate, passing to the urethra, then out of the body. Infection or inflammation in the prostate can lead to problems with passage of one or both of these fluids. Amongst the most common prostate infection symptoms are painful urination, nocturia, urinary urgency, hesitancy and frequency, painful ejaculation, pain in the testicles and pain in the pelvis or groin. Urinary tract infections are usually uncommon in men, but recurrent UTI in a man may hint a need for further tests or evaluation for chronic prostatitis and other underlying causes.
The use of Pau d’Arco for prostate infection may be helpful in alleviating painful symptoms. Also known as Tabebuia impetiginosa, Pau d’Arco is a South American native tree has been traditionally used in the treatment of numerous health conditions. It has been frequently used in different parts of South America to treat viral, bacterial and fungal infections, boils, ulcers, prostatitis or inflammation of prostate gland and a number of cancer types.
Pau d’Arco extract contains different medicinal components such as lapachol, tannins, saponins, volatile oil and many more, which all contribute to its medicinal effects. Pau d’Arco is a known immune system modulator, which can help in reducing prostate-related pain. Apart from that, its anti-inflammatory properties such as quercetin and tannins can contribute in reducing swelling and inflammation. Above all, Pau d’Arco is popular as an herbal antibiotic, mainly because of its lapachol content that contains N- and A- factors, which are potent against Candida and acid-fast bacteria.
If using Pau d’Arco for prostate infection, drink large quantities of Pau d’Arco tea, from 1 ½ to 2 liters per day. Do a long course of Pau d’Arco treatment to ensure complete eradication of the bacteria that cause the infection. In addition, apply Pau d’Arco compresses on most areas of the abdomen every day. To make a Pau d’Arco compress, soak a piece of cloth in Pau d’Arco tea and apply it on the affected areas. You can also take pumpkin seeds as these contain an active ingredient that is beneficial for prostatic complaints.