Prostate Problems and Homeopathy
Homeopathic Journal :: Volume: 4, Issue: 1, Nov, 2010 (General Theme) - from Homeorizon.com
|Article Updated: Nov 28, 2010|
The prostate is a small,walnut-shaped gland that lies at the neck of a man's bladder encircling the urethra ( the tube through which the urine flows) at the base of the penis . It produces a lubricating fluid in which the sperm are carried during ejaculation. The prostate can become infected (prostatitis) usually as a result of a sexually transmitted disease, or it can enlarge, usually after the age of 50, causing disturbance in passing urine. The enlargement of the prostate is fairly common and can lead to cancer of the prostate, which is the third most common cancer afflicting men.
Causes : The cause of over growth of the prostate gland is unknown but approximately 80% men develop it, it is considered to be caused by a hormonal change, although more recently a dietary factor has been identified
Symptoms : Infection of the prostate gland will lead to pain in the lower abdomen or on sitting down. There may be slight fever and a general feeling of fatigue and illness, in severe cases it will cause difficulty in passing urine together with a urethral discharge. An enlarged prostate gland will initially not produce any symptoms other than a mild reduction in the flow of urine. Most troublesome symptoms include high frequency of urination (having to get up at night) dribbling and incontinence often accompanied by urine infections.
Prevention and Self Help : Herbalists may prescribe a diuretic such as chamomile or couch grass. Traditional remedies include a course of propolis and pollen (one table spoon a day). drink plenty of water , this avoids dehydration , which places stress on the prostate and encourages frequent urination , relieving congestion . Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water (but not tea , coffee or alcohol ) and urinate frequently, making sure the bladder is as empty as possible, sit in a waist deep hot water for about 10 minutes, with your knees bent and a cold flannel on your fore head, afterward rub your lower half down with a cold towel and hold it between your legs for a few seconds to cool the area, some therapists recommend regular ejaculation and massage of the prostate to relieve pressure from enlargement, seek specialist advice from your doctor if you wish to self massage. Regular exercise, particularly walking and cycling, also helps.
Dietary and Nutritional Therapies : Avoid spicy and fatty foods and take daily supplements of vitamins C,E and B-complex as well as zinc and magnesium, regular supplementation with fish oils, olive oil and evening primrose oil can also help. Try juices of carrot, cucumber, beetroot, radish and garlic and pumpkin, massage a point midway between the ankle bone and the heel on the inside of the foot . Recently it has been discovered that the prostate, contains ten times more zinc than any other organ in the body and regular zinc is now prescribed (one tablet a day). Eating more of the zinc -containing foods (such as brewer's yeast, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, powdered mustard) is also recommended.
Naturopathy : They suggest a regime of hot and cold compresses applied on the perineum, the area between the scrotum and anus, or alternate hot and cold baths with salt powder, reduction of tea, coffee and alcohol are also recommended .
Warning : Untreated prostatitis can lead to inflammation of other parts of the genito-urinary system, including the testes, medical advice is essential.
Homoeopathic Medicines :
- Sabal serrulata : this medicine has been recommended for various prostatic troubles, but its homoeopathic use seems confined to acute cases of enlarged and inflamed prostate, the gland is hot, swollen and painful, here also come in our regular inflammation polycrests , such as "Aconite" and "Belladonna" .Sabal is not altogether useless in senile hypertrophy, the writer has seen a marked palliative action in several cases and avoidance of surgical interference .
- Lycopodium : Pressure in the perineum near anus while urinating.
- Conium : This remedy is useful in chronic hypertrophy of the prostate with difficulty in voiding urine, it stops and starts and there is an accompanying catarrh of the bladder. The suitability of conium to the complaints of the aged should be considered.
- Chimaphilla : Gives occasional good results in relieving the tenesmus, frequent urination and general discomfort due to prostatic hypertrophy, Spongia is also a remedy for this condition .
- Thuja : Frequent pressing to urinate with small discharge, patient strains much, stitches from rectum into bladder, discharge of prostatic juice in the morning on awaking.
- Ferrum picratum : is one of the best medicines for prostatic enlargements in the aged .
Tips For A Healthy Prostate :
- Limit consumption of high fat foods particularly red meat and diary products.
- Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, especially tomato, and cruciferous vegetables like sprouts, cauliflower and others in the cabbage family
- Eat fish with a high omega-3 fatty acid content such as salmon
- Avoid alcohol
- Be physically active and maintain a healthy weight.
Diet and Bowel Preparation : The patient is given a bowel laxative to clear the bowels for the procedure, a little vaseline around the back passage will prevent soreness, the patient should commence a liquid diet after taking the bowel laxative.
The following clear liquids are allowed; fruit juices, apple, cranberry, grape, strained orange juice, desserts jellies fruit ices beverages - coffee, tea, lemon/ orange drinks soups. Remember to drink as much fluid as possible prior to your examination, the nursing staff will administer an enema.