Prostate enlargement, like menopause and hypermetropia (inability to see near objects), is a middle age problem. The prostate is a male gland that practically doubles its size during puberty due to certain changes in the male hormone testosterone. As the gland increases in size it starts putting pressure on the urethral canal leading to problems with urination. The symptoms start once men reach fifty and increase with advancing age. The symptoms are in proportion to the pressure that is applied on the urethra, but some men are lucky not to experience them despite the enlargement.
The growth of prostate is usually benign and known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), but there is always a risk of the growth becoming malignant. One of the symptoms of BPH is an aching pain in the loins due to cystitis or acute retention of urine in the bladder. A major problem arises when the enlargement is accompanied by pain. Prostate medicine mostly targets urinary symptoms and reducing the size of the prostate. Patients have to take separate medication for pain relief. As prostate treatment may last for a long time, taking too much medication is often frustrating. In addition, the side effects of drugs also need to be managed.
A sitz bath is often recommended for easing the pain naturally to avoid over medicating with pain killers. A sitz bath is a bathtub in which your buttocks and hips are immersed in water or a solution. A hot water bath in a normal tub can be equally as effective provided you keep your arms and legs out of the water. Immersing the whole body in the tub tends to disperse the heat and reduce the focus on the buttocks and hips. The water should be hot, as hot as you can bear without burning yourself. A minimum of thirty minutes in the bath, all the while draining some water as it cools down and replenishing with more hot water, can be very effective in relieving prostate pain. The heat helps the blood to flow better. A spray of cold water on the prostate area after the hot bath will cause a quick constriction of blood vessels as if squeezing blood and toxins.
Herbs for prostate enlargement like saw palmetto and stinging nettle can help relieve prostate pain and reduce the size of the gland. Homeopathic remedies like Thuja Occidentalis ( Arbor Vitae), Cantharis (Spanish Fly), Hydrangea ( Seven Barks), and Solidago Virga (Golden Rod) are some of the proven remedies for pain in the prostate region, kidneys and bladder due to BPH.
Once the symptoms of prostate enlargement surface, they can progress rapidly. Managing both BPH and pain at the same time involves a long term regimen of medications that have troubling side effects. Urinary problems of incontinence, dribbling and frequency can affect the quality of life in old age. Natural treatments can help to avoid side effects of conventional drugs, relieve pain and improve prostate health.