To reach the age of fifty is a milestone, but unfortunately this is also the age when men start developing prostate problems. Four in every five men are known to suffer from prostate disorders. It is a gland present in all males with the shape and size of a chestnut. This gland is situated at the base of the urinary bladder encircling the urethra. It is believed that 80% men over 60 suffer from some sort of prostate disorder.
There are various types of prostate problems or disorders such as hypertrophy or enlargement of prostate gland also known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), and prostatitis or inflammation in the prostate gland. This condition is painless but causes trouble at the start of urination. This is because prostate surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder) and when this enlarges urine flow is restricted resulting in frequent need for urination. It also leads to dribbling as the prostate is not as strong as before. You can also experience dull aching pain in the lower back and pain in the hips, legs and feet.
Some of the causes for inflammation of the prostate gland and related problems are:
Sitting for longer periods in one position. Acute prostatitis can also be caused due to over exposure to cold and chilly climate. Infectious diseases. With the increasing age the body gets heavier and loses its flexibility thus increasing pressure on the pelvis making the prostate vulnerable. Constipation could also be a reason.
Home Remedies for Prostate Disorders
Avoid caffeine in any form like aerated beverages, chocolates and of course coffee and tea as it tightens the bladder neck creating problems for urination. Avoid consumption of alcohol as this too tightens the bladder neck which could hamper urination. Alcohol is a diuretic and increases urine in the bladder thus creating more problems.
Avoid antihistamines and decongestants as it is more harmful than beneficial.
Stay away from spicy and acidic foods as it affects men drastically with enlarged prostates.
Be stress-free as it impacts the prostate gland. Stress can increase adrenal hormones which causes difficulty in urination.
One of the best ways to alleviate urination problem is to have more sex. Ejaculation empties the prostate secretion that hinders urination.
Try to empty your bladder before going to bed.
Saw Palmetto, herb widely used in Germany is very useful in treating Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH). It reduces inflammation, pain, nocturnal urination, retention, trouble in starting urination and dribbling. This should be used for 6 to 12 months and is very effective.
Goldenseal, an antibiotic is very useful for treating prostatitis. It also heals the urinary tract which winces the swollen prostate.
Lycopene a bioflavonoid extract from tomato reduces dribbling. With strong antioxidant properties it prevents prostate cancer too.
Pollen (bee pollen) is another method to treat prostate disorders. It shrinks the enlarged prostate glands within 6 months.
Although an embarrassing treatment, prostate massage can provide relief from inflammation and swelling. This is done by the doctor or nurse who inserts a finger into the rectum and massages the prostate for ten to twenty minutes.
Practice Kegel exercises to improve circulation of the tissues. Kegel exercise is done by pulling up all the muscles around the scrotum and anus. Repeat it 10 times and do this at least 5-6 times a day.
You can do Vajrasana and Forward Bend Asana (Paschimothana Asana) to treat prostate disorders.
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