Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF PROSTATITIS
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland
that forms part of the male reproductive system. The gland is made
of two lobes, or regions, enclosed by an outer layer of tissue. The
prostate is located in front of the rectum and just below the bladder,
where urine is stored. The prostate also surrounds the urethra, the
canal through which urine passes out of the body.
Scientists do not know all the prostate's functions.
One of its main roles, though, is to squeeze fluid into the urethra as
sperm move through during sexual climax. This fluid, which helps make
up semen, energizes the sperm and makes the vaginal canal less acidic.
Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland.
Prostate inflammation can be sudden and acute or chronic. The symptoms
of prostatitis are nonspecific and mimic many other urologic and nonurologic
diseases. Symptoms vary greatly with some patients experiencing
no notable symptoms while other patients have symptoms so sudden and severe
that they must seek emergency medical care. Symptoms, when present, can
include any of the following:
- urinary frequency,
- frequent urination at night,
- difficulty urinating,
- burning or painful urination,
- perineal (referring to the perineum, the area between the scrotum
and the anus) and low-back pain,
- joint or muscle pain,
- tender or swollen prostate,
- blood in the urine,
- painful ejaculation.
Prostatitis can have many causes including:
- infections caused by bacteria, fungus or viruses,
- trauma (mechanical or chemical),
- autoimmune processes in which the immune system attacks the body's
Because of the various potential causes, prostatitis
may be classified into three types:
- acute infectious prostatitis,
- chronic infectious prostatitis,
- noninfectious prostatitis.
Acute infectious prostatitis is uncommon and is usually
caused by bacteria. Standard medical treatment typically involves
antimicrobial medication or antibiotic. Acute infectious prostatitis comes
on suddenly, and its symptoms such as frequency, urgency, lower abdominal
pain and pressure, burning on urination, and including chills and fever
can be severe and life threatening.
Chronic infectious prostatitis is also caused by bacteria
and is usually treated with antimicrobial medication or antibiotic. Unlike
an acute prostate infection, the only symptoms of chronic infectious prostatitis
may be recurring infectious cystitis (bladder infection). While its chronic
symptoms may not be as severe as acute infectious prostatitis, it is as
potentially debilitating due to it chronic recurrent nature and it can
impact on one's quality of life significantly.
Noninfectious prostatitis is reserved for prostatitis
not caused by bacteria. This class of prostatitis is difficult to
treat successfully. Standard medical therapy usually involves medication,
surgery, and behavioral therapies such as biofeedback. It is generally
a chronic recurrent process that can wax and wane in severity.
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE
Edgar Cayce gave many reading for men suffering from
the various forms of prostatitis. Consistent with the modern medical literature,
Cayce recognized a variety of factors which can cause inflammation of
the prostate gland resulting in the symptoms associated with this illness.
For example, reading 5357-1 attributes the prostate inflammation to infection.
Whereas modern medicine is confounded by noninfectious
prostatitis, the Cayce readings provide a number of clues to understanding
the causes of this type of disease. Several readings discuss
the role of nerve reflexes from the spinal centers. Usually the
lower areas of the spine were involved. Typically the nerve reflexes
were transmitted via the ileum plexus, a nerve ganglia associated with
the pelvic organs and reproductive system.
Whether the prostatitis was caused by nerve reflexes
or other factors, invariably other organs of the digestive and eliminating
systems were involved in the etiology of the disorder. Problems
with the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and colon were often associated with
the prostatitis. Thus prostatitis is best viewed from a specific
(local) and systemic (general) perspective with regard to causation and
Several forms of specific (local) treatments for prostatitis
were recommended by Edgar Cayce. The most common was the Elliott
machine. The Elliott machine is a form of hydrotherapy consisting
of a rectal tube containing hot water (130 degrees Fahrenheit).
Unfortunately, this form of hydrotherapy is no longer available.
Prostate massage is another specific therapy for prostatitis
recommended in the Cayce readings. This therapy is also recognized
by modern medical science as an effective treatment for prostatitis.
The sitz bath is a form of hydrotherapy recommended
by Edgar Cayce which is also part of the medical therapeutic regimen for
prostatitis. A sitz bath involves sitting in a tub of hot or cold
water, sometimes alternating between the two. Stimulation to the
lower circulation can help to relieve the discomfort of prostatitis.
The general (systemic) treatments recommended in the
Cayce readings on prostatitis are mainly directed toward improving the
digestive, circulatory, and eliminating systems. Diet, moderate
exercise, a mild form of electrotherapy (Radial Appliance), spinal manipulations
and general massage, colon irrigation, and castor oil packs are therapies
intended to improve these vital systemic functions, thus assisting in
the healing of the prostate. Generally speaking, surgery was not
recommended for prostatitis. As was typical of Cayce's holistic
approach, the mental and spiritual aspects of therapy were emphasized.
Here are the basic therapies recommended for the treatment
of prostatitis based on the Cayce information on this disorder:
- INTERNAL CLEANSING: Hydrotherapy includes drinking six to eight glasses
of pure water daily, colonic irrigations (preferably) or enemas, and
a cleansing diet of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Castor oil packs across the abdomen are recommended to improve eliminations
through the liver and colon. Mild laxatives may be helpful if
constipation is a problem. Fume baths assist with elimination
of toxins through the skin.
- MANUAL THERAPY (SPINAL MANIPULATION AND MASSAGE): Osteopathic or
chiropractic treatment is recommended to relieve any pressures that
may be hindering circulation and decreasing eliminations. Gentle
massage is suggested to relax the body and improve circulation and
eliminations. Internal massage of the prostate may be helpful
(talk with your physician on the appropriateness of this therapy).
- DIET: The Basic Cayce Diet is intended to improve assimilation
and elimination. The diet focuses heavily on keeping a proper
alkaline/acid balance while avoiding foods which produce toxicity
and drain the system. Essentially, the diet consists mainly
of fruits and vegetables while avoiding fried foods and refined carbohydrates
("junk food"). Certain food combinations are emphasized.
- ENERGY MEDICINE: In addition to the above therapies which will
tend to improve circulation, the Radial Appliance is recommended to
further assist in balancing circulation.
- ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS: The mental and emotional aspects of healing
are frequently discussed the Cayce readings. Particularly, an
attitude of desiring and expecting to be healed is important.
A positive mental and emotional attitude and can be created and maintained
by focusing on a high purpose (ideal) for being healed.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health