Middle aged men face a typical problem with their prostate gland. With age, the hormonal levels in the body undergo a gradual change that results in an enlarged prostate. Prostatitis is a condition where the gland is inflamed by a bacterial infection. As the gland surrounds the tube through which urine exits the body, an enlarged prostate creates problems with urination.
Initial symptoms of prostate enlargement include nocturia (excessive urination at night), increased visits to the bathroom and irritation. As the condition develops, symptoms of obstruction appear; thus there is hesitancy, a slow stream, dribbling and a feeling that the bladder has not emptied completely after urination. It can be extremely bothersome for men with severe conditions. The sensation to urinate often disturbs sleep more than once during the night. The fact that even after urination there is a feeling of a full bladder leads to frustration.
Although prostate cancer affects nearly one third of men above the age of 60, there is no certainty that only men with an enlarged prostate will develop it. Maintaining general prostate health is as important as treating an enlarged prostate. Prostate medicine includes drugs meant to reduce pressure in the prostate or inhibit hormones responsible for the enlargement. Alternative therapies, on the other hand, try to address the source of the problem and put more significance on overall health of the gland by strengthening the system. Herbs for curbing prostate enlargement form an integral part of alternative treatments of benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), the medical term for an enlarged prostate.
Saw palmetto contains fatty acids that can help in the conversion of the male hormonal that is responsible for the enlargement in the first place. It also contains a group of natural steroid alcohols that improve urine flow. Pumpkin seed oil is believed to prevent the transportation of the enlargement-causing-hormone to the prostate. Java tea is an effective diuretic that helps in flushing out toxins and prevents inflammation.
Homeopathy is fast becoming a popular alternative therapy. Its natural remedies like Chimaphilla umbellata, Pulsatilla, Clematis, Apis, Staphysagria, Selenium, Baryta carb, Kali bicarb, and Causticum can manage symptoms of BPH to a great extent.
Another therapy that has caught the fancy of the population is Magnetic Therapy. It is suggested that sitting on a north pole of a magnetic pad can restrict the biological growth of cells. Massage and acupuncture can also curtail the progress of prostate gland enlargement to some extent. Yoga, on the other hand, has postures meant specifically for treating BPH. A study of the yogic postures is recommended to learn more about the ones recommended for an enlarged prostate.
Natural cures for prostatitis and BPH are effective and the benefits are also long lasting. Alternative treatments are organic by nature and therefore have no debilitating side effects that are characteristic of most conventional medications.