What are prostatic concretions?
The medical-dictionary defines Prostatic Concretions or Calculus an abnormal concretion, usually composed of mineral salts, occurring within the body, chiefly in hollow organs or their passages. Also called a stone.
A more simple definition is Prostatic calcifications, usually referred to as prostate stones, are one cause of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
In men, these stones are pretty common however as many as 75% of middle-aged men have these prostatic calcifications. It’s not the stones that actually cause symptoms. Symptoms may be related to enlarged prostate from a BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). BPH is common with men who have prostate cancer.
Furthermore, prostatic calcifications can aggravate the lower urinary tract resulting in symptoms as well. Many men don’t know that they have calcifications. This is usually discovered when their medical providers screen the patient for other reasons. There is no difference in the numbers, size and locations of the stones in the prostate between men with urinary symptoms and without.
Symptoms of Prostatitis (Prostate Stones)
- Frequent Pain and swelling of the prostate gland
- Enlarged prostate (BPH)
- Pain in the groin
- Weak urine stream
- Painful ejaculation
- Grainy sand-like pebbles that may be discharged during urination or ejaculation
- Symptoms disappear temporarily with prostate mediation or antibiotics, but the pain and symptoms eventually return
- Elevated PSA score
- Lower urinary tract infection
If prostatic stones are the source of recurring infection, then this can be a problem. Taking antibiotics that kill associated bacteria does not remove the obstructive stones. Therefore the inflammation can continue. Chronic inflammation can lead to prostatitis symptoms. Inflammation can wreak havoc on the body causing problems with the nervous system. This can cause pain and in this case prostatitis. Also, you have to be careful that bacteria does not still reside in the stones because they don’t show up when cultured because they are protected and sealed off by the stone or scar tissue.
No one knows why these stones form.
- Some experts say they are from prostatic secretions.
- Others say the stones tend to be made from ingredients found in urine. This kind would form from urine making its way into the prostatic ducts.
- Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that taking magnesium and zinc helps to break up these stones and you may see “gravel” in your semen or urine if this occurs.
- Other doctors say that no dietary change or supplement will help with stones caused by prostatic secretions.
- If you have prostatic calcification talk to your doctor or consider natural alternatives to support the symptoms.
Natural Treatment for Prostate Stones
#1: Magnesium, Zinc, Astragalus, and Soybean extracts
Many doctors prescribe antibiotics along with magnesium and zinc supplements. This helps clear infections. The supplements (minerals) zinc and magnesium seem to help break up prostatic stones. This helps them pass through the urine.
A recommendation of a combination of natural clinically-researched supplements that contain the following may be beneficial:
Curcumin: A recent meta-analysis examined dozens of studies on just one nutrient, curcumin, effects on blood levels of CRP, a key marker of inflammation that has been linked to health problems. The studies reflect an astonishing conclusion: Curcumin lowers levels of CRP.
Phytother Res. 2014 May; 28(5):633-42.
Vitamin C: Adequate dietary intake of the antioxidant vitamin, vitamin C, is also essential because free radicals have pro-inflammatory effects (45). A cross-sectional study of 3,258 men (aged 60-79 years) participating in the British Regional Heart Study found that both dietary intake and plasma levels of vitamin C were inversely related to CRP levels (47). Higher vitamin C levels were also associated with lower CRP levels in the NHANES III, which included data from 14,519 US adults.
Niacin: This study provides evidence that niacin therapy may improve the vascular environment, and is compatible with previous studies evaluating the use of extended-release niacin in patients with coronary disease. This finding may also be interpreted as evidence showing that the anti-inflammatory effect of niacin therapy … https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4804877/
Stinging Nettle: May sound harsh in name but actually has been used for many years to soothe the urinary tract and help men with their prostate problems. Stinging nettle’s many anti-inflammatory properties are helpful to both men with CPPS and men with chronic bacterial prostatitis.https://prostate.net/health-centers/prostatitis/…prostatitis…/supplements-chronic-prostatitis…
Creatine: Has been proven that taking Creatine supplements can help the body with the overall reduction of inflammation. This is especially true during times of extreme stress. Creatine not only helps decrease the probability of inflammation but also helps deflect damage to the organs like the heart, cardiovascular system and all the major organs, including the prostate. There was a study conducted in the summer of 2008 which tested the effect of Creatine on the immune system of athletes before and during a triathlon. Published in the 2008 August issue of the titled “Amino Acids.”
L-Norvaline: is an arginase inhibitor which exhibits anti-inflammatory effects independently of inhibition of arginase in human endothelial cells. The anti-inflammatory properties of L-Norvaline are partially attributable to its ability to inhibit S6K1.
These natural herbs and plants help support the prostate, reduce inflammation, and promote blood flow. Each of these nutrients performed well in individual clinical trials and reduced symptoms in BPH patients.
When Combined They Create a Powerful Combination of Anti-Inflammatories for Prostate.
#2: Prostate massage
Some men find that a prostate massage, which increases healthy blood flow and oxygen to the prostate, helps flush away prostate calcification and helps men achieve a prostate orgasm, which clears blocked prostate ducts of toxic bacteria and buildup of prostatic fluid.
A diet or a healthier lifestyle is recommended to eliminate processed sugars, saturated fats from red meat, sodium and dairy products.
Exercising a minimum of three times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes is recommended.
#5: Alternative Medicine or Ayurvedic medicine
The alternative therapies for reducing prostatitis symptoms may include acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, and reflexology.
Hope this helps!