Commonly known as enlarged prostate, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition routinely affecting middle aged and elderly men. More than fifty percent of American men between the ages of sixty and seventy exhibit symptoms of BPH. Having an enlarged prostate itself isn't life-threatening, in fact in many cases, BPH treatment simply involves close monitoring of the condition.
But the existence of enlarged prostate can lead to more serious conditions like a bladder and kidney damage, bladder stones, urinary tract infection and even a complete halt of the urinary system, in a condition known as acute urinary retention. But what just what causes enlarged prostate hyperplasia?
Causes of Prostate Enlargement
The prostate is a male sex gland about the size of a horse chestnut. It is made up of a cluster of little glands which surround the urethra at the point where it leaves the bladder. During the long years of life, harmless nodules develop in the tissues. These accumulate and gradually enlarge the gland.
The problem arises only when the gland gets so large that it interferes with the- urethra. As the gland enlarges, it narrows the diameter of urethra and impedes the flow of urine.
Symptoms of Prostate Enlargement
It may be difficult to stop urinating once the process is started.
The stream is narrower and less powerful than before.
There may be a tendency to dribble urine.
After urinating, one still has a feeling of incomplete evacuation.
Straining may cause some blood to appear in the urine.
Home Remedies for Prostate Enlargement
Pumpkin seeds can prevent prostate enlargement. The seeds have unsaturated fatty seeds. The powdered seeds can be added to the food or milk. It can even be taken with honey.
Saw palmetto is effective in prevention of enlargement of prostate glands. Saw palmetto contains enzymes, which can converts testosterone into another form, which prevents excessive accumulation of testosterone in the body. It also increases urine formation. It is also effective in curing benign hyperplasia.
Another herb called licorice is effective in treating prostate enlargement but if taken in large quantity, it may cause headaches.
The chances of infections in urine increases with prostate enlargement and the patient should take cranberry juice to prevent infection in the urinary tract.
Prostrate infection can be reduced by taking garlic and goldenseal. Some fruits such as juniper berries prevent swelling in the prostate glands.
Tomatoes are also helpful in curing prostrate diseases. It contains antioxidants, which can prevent prostate enlargement.
Some other herbs helpful to patients suffering from prostate enlargement are cayenne, queen of the meadow, ura ursi and ginger. These herbs are widely used as home remedies for prostate enlargement.
Vegetable juices can be taken to prevent prostrate problems such as juice of carrots and spinach.
Corn silk helps in reducing pain, caused by prostate enlargement.
Supplement of vitamins E and zinc, can be taken to prevent prostate enlargement.
Food containing a high amount of starch or sweets can irritate the prostrate and the urinary tract gets infected.
You should not take meals very fast. Properly chew the food and take water either, sometime after the meal or before the meal. Food items which can cause infections in the intestinal or urinary tract should be avoided.
Hydotherapy or keeping hot and warm packs can provide relief.
Certain medicines of cold and cough contain a high amount of decongestants and the patient should avoid taking such medicines.
Avoid taking fluids one or two hours before going to sleeping and fluids should not be taken in large quantity in one time. Water and fruits can be taken at regular intervals throughout the day.
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