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Enlarged Prostate


Enlarged Prostate
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ENLARGED PROSTATE

The prostate is part of the male reproductive system. It is a walnut-sized gland. The prostate is located in front of the rectum and just below the urinary bladder and surrounds part of the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through the tip of the penis. The prostate secretes a thin, milky substance contained in semen that protects and nourishes the sperm and lubricates the urethra. In ayurvedic terms, the prostate's secretion supports the flow of Shukra Dhatu, the reproductive tissue. Prostate tissue produces prostate specific antigen (PSA) and prostatic acid phosphatase, an enzyme found in seminal fluid (the milky substance that combines with sperm to form seman).

A man's prostate gland usually starts to enlarge after he reaches 40 years of age. This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

 

Causes of Enlarged Prostate:

The prostate gland, which is normally about the size and shape of a walnut, wraps around the urethra between the pubic bone and the rectum, below the bladder. In the early stage of prostate enlargement, the bladder muscle becomes thicker and forces urine through the narrowed urethra by contracting more powerfully. As a result, the bladder muscle may become more sensitive, causing a need to urinate more often and more suddenly.

 

Some other causes of Enlarged Prostate are:

Bacterial infection, Auto-immune response or disordered immune response and physical, muscular or neurological conditions, Hormonal changes due to ageing, is a widely considered cause of enlarged prostate or benign prostate hyperplasia. However, its actual cause is not known. Most common causes of prostate cancer are genetic factors, diet, intake of anti-inflammatory medicines, obesity and general aging, to mention a few.

 

Ayurveda view on Enlargement of prostate is caused by:

Vitiated vayu (Vata) and apaana vayu. This vitiation is caused by controlling the urge of urination, controlling the urge of defecation, over indulgence in sex, consuming dry food; consuming very cold and less quantity of food, old age, General weakness, Indigestion.

 

These Sign or symptoms may occur if you have enlarged prostate:

  • difficulty starting urination;
  • increased frequency of urination mainly in night;
  • feeble or weak stream of urine;
  • recurrent urinary tract infection;
  • pain / Burning with urination;
  • blood in the urine;
  • inability to control one's urination/ bowel;
  • straining to urinate;
  • a sense of not fully emptying the bladder;
  • more frequent urination and a strong and sudden desire to urinate, especially at night; and
  • dribbling of urine, especially after urinating;
  • Bladder Stones:  Retaining urine in the bladder due to BPH can also result in bladder stones. Bladder stones form when the urine retained in your bladder becomes concentrated and minerals crystallize out of the liquid. Bladder stones can be very painful and cause additional urinary symptoms, as they can block the flow of urine through the bladder and urethra.

 

Diet and Lifestyle changes:

  • Avoid drinking more liquids intake after 6 pm to reduce the need to urinate frequently during the night.
  • Limit daily fluid intake to less than 2,000 ml (about 2 quarts) or 6-8 glasses.
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee all these increase the Vata (roughness) in the body.
  • Avoid drinking liquids after 6 p.m. to reduce the need to urinate frequently during the night.
  • A healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruit may help reduce BPH risk. Some evidence indicates that fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C may help protect against BPH.
  • Foods higher in zinc also seemed to be beneficial.
  • Dietary choices should also focus on increasing intake of healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, and limiting intake of saturated fats and trans-fatty acids.
  • Stay active. Cold weather and immobility may increase the risk for urine retention. Keeping warm and exercising may help.
  • As per Ayurveda view:

Prostate enlargement is caused by an imbalance in Vata dosha, it’s important to avoid Vata-aggravating foods. These include dry, cold, and light foods and bitter, astringent, and pungent tastes. Instead, favor the Vata-pacifying diet, which includes sweet, sour, and salty tastes and warm, oily foods.

Foods like wheat, rice, milk, tomatoes, yogurt, citrus fruits are recommended, while care should be taken to minimize spicy, bitter foods and astringents like beans and apples. All dairy products are believed to balance vata dosha, but take care to consume warm milk and avoid milk after a full meal. Also spices like ginger, cumin, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, mustard seeds, black pepper etc.

 

 

Prostate Care at Home:

Some precautions can help to avoid worsening of symptoms of prostate enlargement and complications.

Do not delay urination once you experience an urge. Urinate as soon as you feel the urge, and empty the bladder completely.

 

Diagnosis:

A physical examination, patient history and evaluation of symptoms provide the basis for a diagnosis of benign prostatic Hyperplasia. The physical examination is done through digital rectal examination (DRE)

PSA Test, Uroflowmetry, Ultrasound with post-void Residue (PVR)

 

Prostate Massage

Prostate massage is an effective procedure to relieve the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

How does prostate massage work?

Use of prostate massage can improve urinary flow, improve blood flow to the prostate (which increases oxygen and nutrients to the prostate), and help the prostate return to a more normal size. Therapeutic prostate massage milks out the congested fluid (in the same way that a sponge in emptied when it is squeezed), opens passages, shrinks and cleanses the prostate gland. Decreasing the amounts of congested, inflamed and toxic fluids is the main factor in prevention and treatment of BPH, or even cancer. Even the chronic and persistent prostatitis, BPH can be improved with the therapeutic prostate massage.

 

Brahm Ayurved adopts a systematic approach in treatment of enlarged prostate. We recommending Ayurveda Medicines, PROSTATE MASSAGE and Diet management. You can avoid expensive surgery with this cost effective treatment.

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