Has Anyone Heard of Thermobalancing?

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An Article in  [BPH News]   December 19, 2016

Thermobalancing therapy, using a device that increases the temperature of the prostate gland, improved symptoms and lowered prostate volume in some men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

The study, “Use of thermobalancing therapy in ageing male with benign prostatic hyperplasia with a focus on etiology and pathophysiology,” published in the journal The Aging Male supports the idea that prostate enlargement may be caused by too low prostate temperatures.

According to the theory, an irritating trigger makes blood vessels in the prostate constrict, causing what the research team from Oxford, England-based natural health company Fine Treatment refers to as microhypothermia, or locally reduced temperature.

As a consequence, blood flow to the prostate increases and leads to further growth of microscopic blood vessels.

The thermobalancing therapy intends to improve prostate gland blood circulation by applying a “special mixture of waxes” to the coccyx area. This is done with the help of Dr Allen’s therapeutic device (DATD), marketed by Fine Treatment, which uses body heat to increase the temperature of the prostate. This way, the temperature does not exceed normal body temperature.

The study included 124 patients who were treated with the thermobalancing therapy, but researchers did not disclose the number of patients in the control group or potential differences in characteristics between the groups.

Findings showed that the treatment improved both prostate symptoms, measured by the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), and quality of life, compared to values at the start of the study. In addition, prostate volume was lower and urinary flow had improved after six months of treatment.

Among controls, symptoms and quality of life worsened and prostate volume increased during the study. There was no difference in urinary flow among controls.

In addition, the team examined the effects of the treatment in five men with prostate volumes above 60 ml. The treatment decreased prostate volume and increased urinary flow also in this group, but after six months of treatment, prostates remained larger than normal. Based on these findings, the researchers suggest that men with very large prostates may need to use the treatment for a longer period.

Researchers also highlighted the fact that the treatment did not give rise to any side effects.

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    How would that compare to sitting in a hot tub each day, perhaps with a fuzzy umbrella drink keeping you company?
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    Is this any different from TUMP that has been around for at least 25 years and was never really a cure?

    transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT), an instrument (called an antenna) that sends out microwave energy is inserted through the urethra to a location inside the prostate. Microwave energy is then used to heat the inside of the prostate. Cooling fluid is circulated around the microwave antenna to prevent heat from damaging the wall of the urethra. To prevent the temperature from getting too high outside the prostate, a temperature sensor is inserted into the man's rectum during the procedure. If the temperature in the rectum increases too much, the treatment is turned off automatically until the temperature goes back down.The temperature becomes high enough inside the prostate to kill some of the tissue. As this part of the prostate heals, it shrinks, reducing the blockage of urine flow.

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      You bought the kit? Did the heating element use Lithium batteries or was it a chemical reaction like you get with hand warmers? 

      Jim

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    Apparently this treatment is on sale for self-use for around $150. I couldn't find an online manual or instructions, and hard to tell from the pictures, but basically the device appears to be a heating pad that you wear strapped to your prostate region. As to the study itself, I couldn't find the full text so really have to reserve judgement. Since prostate size wasn't reduced, not sure that the premise of the device is accurate and perhaps any benefits were due strictly to the therapeutic properties of heat on the prostate which are known. Sitz baths for example. No side effects which is good except for $150 which could hurt!

    Jim

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    Hmm, has a distinct whiff of quackery to me. A study that does not fully reveal its design and methods is not deserving of the name. 
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