PROSTATE DISORDERS (Prostatitis; Enlarged Prostate, Prostate Hypertrophy
SYMPTOMS—Pain on urination, frequent urination, urine retention, often a fever. There may be a discharge
Acute prostatitis: fever, frequent and burning urination, pain between the scrotum and rectum, a feeling of fullness in the bladder, pus or blood in the urine
Chronic prostatitis: frequent and burning urination, blood in the urine, lower back pain, impotence (inability to copulate).gradually, urination becomes still more difficult.
The prostate is a doughnut-shaped male reproductive gland. It is under the urinary bladder and surrounds the urinary tube (urethra).
Muscles located within the prostate squeeze prostatic fluid into the urethral tract during ejaculation. Most of the semen consists of this fluid, which provides nourishment and protection for the sperm.
There are three primary prostatic problems:
This is inflammation of the prostate gland, is common in men of all ages, and is the most frequent type of prostate problem.
The inflammation tends to block off the urine flow (urine retention), and this causes bacteria to build up. Sometimes hormonal changes, from aging, may be a contributing factor.
When urine retention results, the bladder becomes distended, weak, tender, and liable to infection. Infection can easily pass up the ureters to the kidneys.
This is also called benign prostatic hypertrophy. It is the gradual enlargement of the prostate and occurs in half of all men over 50, and three-fourths of men over 70. It is probably the most common infirmity of aging in the human male. More than 500,000 American men are afflicted each year.
It is believed that, with age, testosterone production and levels decrease, and certain other hormones (prolactin and estradiol) increase. This results in more of a powerful form of testosterone, called dihydrotestosterone. This hormone causes an overproduction (hyperplasia) of prostate cells—and that causes the prostate gland to become larger. As it does, it eventually tends to pinch upon the urethra, and interfere with the flow of urine.
As a result, neither the bladder nor kidneys empty fully. This produces a pressure which can damage them. Urination becomes more frequent. It flows more slowly, and there may be difficulty in starting and stopping the flow. Sometimes there is blood in the urine.
Here is how to check your own prostate:
The prostate can be felt (palpated) with the gloved finger. If you are going to do this effectively, you would need to examine it monthly. The normal prostate is firm like an orange and about the size of a walnut. You would reach into the rectum, to carry out this examination.
The prostate is found at a depth in the rectum that is just comfortably in reach of the index finger. An acute case of enlargement may be hard while a chronic enlargement may be boggy. Tumors, either benign or malignant tend to be irregular and nodular.
An enlarged prostate can become cancerous; but, fortunately, it always proceeds very, very, slowly. So slowly, in fact, that an operation to remove the prostate, because of cancer, is generally not needed. This is because, before the man is likely to die of prostate cancer, he is quite aged and dies of something else first. But, of course, you will want to consult your medical specialist.
The suggestions below are for prostate problems, in general. For more information on home care, in those instances in which cancer is present.
Vasectomy, for sterilization, has been linked to prostate disorders and even cancer.
Home Remedies for enlarge Prostate
- Avoid sexual stimulation without a natural conclusion (an orgasm). Continued stimulation leads to a prolonged engorgement. This is not good for the prostate.
- Avoiding sexual activity entirely is the best way to care for your prostate in the older years.
- Maintain optimal physical and emotional health. Avoid that which is sexually stimulating.
- Regular exercise outdoors in the open air is important. Walking for an hour or two every day is excellent.
- Riding bicycles, motorcycles, or horses may injure the perineum, resulting in congestion of the prostate.
- Avoid exposure to dampness or cold.
- Avoid constipation. This is important.
- Do not sit for hours on padded seats in cold places (such as buses, trains, etc.). Whenever possible, sit on a hard chair. This reduces compression.
- Increase fluid intake, in order to flush the kidneys and bladder of toxins and bacteria.
- Do not let the bladder become too full. Urinate as quickly as possible, when the urge comes. Try to completely empty the bladder each time.
- Do not eat junk food, fried food, caffeine, spices, chocolate, nuts (especially cashews), or drink alcohol or use nicotine.
- Eat a nourishing diet, including vitamin/mineral supplementation, especially zinc.
- The diets of those who have prostate trouble are usually low in essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil and wheat germ oil are the best). Never heat these oils.
- Treat it with zinc (50 mg, three times a day), essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil, 1 teaspoon, three times a day),
- high-fiber diet which includes pumpkin seeds and alfalfa.
- Vitamin A (as beta-carotene, 300,000 IU a day), vitamin C to bowel tolerance, chlorophyll (as alfalfa), selenium (250 mcg, three times a day), amino acids (alanine, glycine, and glutamic acid; 5 grams each, daily for 90 days), and cranberry juice (2 pints a day).
- Many medicinal drugs, including pilocarpine, irritate the prostate.
- When there is an acute condition, take hot sitz baths daily and add chamomile tea to the water.
- Also helpful is a short cold bath.
- A high charcoal and water enema help the healing process. Use 1 cup of hot water to 1 teaspoon of powdered charcoal. Allow it to remain as long as possible.
- In order to increase circulation in the area, lay flat on your back on the floor.
- Then swing one leg to the other till the knee touches the floor and vice versa.
- Do this as many times as you can, and eventually bring it up to 50 repetitions at a time.
Helpful herbs include echinacea and goldenseal, for bactericide. Horsetail, combined with hydrangea, helps contract the prostate. Saw palmetto and cayenne are also useful.
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