Chronic prostatitis is a debilitating condition that affects many men. While there are established diagnostic and treatment guidelines, the complex causes make it challenging to establish a universal "gold standard" approach. Patients suffer both physically and psychologically, while doctors grapple with suboptimal treatment outcomes and recurring cases.

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine, such as Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill, can effectively eliminate symptoms and address underlying causes through multiple actions like clearing heat, detoxifying, improving blood circulation, and promoting urination. The goal is to fundamentally adjust the internal environment, alleviate signs, and restore prostate health.

However, treating this condition cannot rely solely on medication. Incorporating healthy habits into daily life can greatly aid recovery and prevent recurrence.

Daily Life Strategies for Chronic Prostatitis

1. Build Confidence in Overcoming the Disease

While chronic prostatitis is long-lasting, difficult to cure, and prone to recurrence, it is not incurable. Developing good habits, maintaining a positive mindset, avoiding unnecessary fear and suspicion, and realistically addressing the situation can lead to extended periods without discomfort or recurrence.

2. Focus on Psychological Adjustment

Strive to relax both physically and mentally. Stress and tension can increase symptom likelihood. Studies show symptoms fluctuate with life stress – when stress reduces, so do symptoms. Maintaining a relaxed state is important. Those with anxiety and depression should seek counseling and, if needed, psychiatric medication.

3. Pay Attention to Diet

Avoid spicy and stimulating foods like garlic, onions, chili peppers, leeks, and pepper. Quit smoking, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages. Spicy and stimulating foods can cause prostate and bladder neck congestion, worsening local symptoms. Eat foods rich in zinc, selenium (like shellfish), and lycopene from tomatoes and fresh fruits.

4. Drink Plenty of Water and Avoid Holding Urine

Drinking water regularly dilutes urine concentration, alleviating symptoms. Concentrated urine can irritate the prostate, with long-term adverse effects. Increased urine output dilutes blood and urine.

Holding urine increases pressure during urination, causing urine reflux into the prostate – a contributing factor.

5. Moderate Sexual Activity

For patients, sexual activity should be moderate – neither excessive nor abstinent. Frequent activity keeps the prostate congested, impeding inflammation resolution. Younger men with stronger desires must regulate activity to avoid repeated congestion, allowing recovery and repair.

Excessive abstinence is also harmful. The prostate is a key male reproductive accessory gland, secreting prostatic fluid – an essential semen component. Long abstinence leads to fluid accumulation, causing discomfort and swelling.

6. Avoid Prolonged Pressure on the Prostate

Compression of the perineal area impairs local blood circulation, significantly worsening symptoms. Avoid riding bicycles/motorcycles and prolonged sitting. If unable to move frequently due to work, shift positions or do pelvic floor exercises to improve circulation.

7. Maintain Local Warmth and Use Warm Sitz Baths

Prostatitis can be affected by external climate. Low temperatures decrease the body's resistance and immunity, leading to recurrence – especially in cold winters. Cold weather excites sympathetic nerves, increasing urethral pressure and reflux. Staying warm avoids damp, cold perineal stimulation.

Warm sitz baths promote local blood circulation through localized heating, essentially heat therapy, effectively improving various symptoms like pain. However, those who have not fathered children should avoid it to prevent affecting fertility.

8. Exercise Regularly

Persist with appropriate exercise like Tai Chi, sprinting, or post-meal walks. Aerobic exercise effectively stimulates blood circulation and the respiratory system, regulating various bodily functions.

Improved overall blood circulation also enhances prostate blood flow. Moreover, exercise enhances the body's internal resistance and immune function, significantly preventing prostatitis occurrence.

9. Maintain Personal Hygiene

The male scrotum is flexible, sweats more, and the groin has poor ventilation – easily accumulating dirt. Keeping the perineal area clean is vital for prevention. Those with phimosis should undergo early circumcision to prevent bacteria from hiding and entering the prostate retrograde through the urethra. Timely removal of chronic infection foci elsewhere prevents bacteria from reaching the prostate via the bloodstream.

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