Prostate problems include inflammation, enlargement, or cancer of the prostate gland which surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine flows. An inflammation of the gland is called pros-titis resulting in pain during urination and ejaculation, frequent urination and possibly low back pain. The causes include infection, too much or too little ejaculation, jarring exercises such as horseback and bicycle riding, and food irritants like caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and red pepper. Drinking plenty of water is important in keeping a flow of urine and in preventing dehydration, which can be in effect even though not thirsty, and is a condition that is very stressful for the prostate.
Enlargement of the prostate, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), usually occurs in men over 50 and causes difficulty in urination because enlargement squeezes the urethra it surrounds and interferes with urine flow. BPH is due to an excess of testosterone in the gland. Symptoms are night and frequent urination and a diminishing in force and continuity of the urine stream. It is recommended that foods irritating to the prostate be avoided such as caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, and hot spices. Herbal remedies have shown to be just as effective as prescription drugs without the side effects. Incidences of prostate tumors have been associated with diets high in saturated fats.
Impotence is often a psychological problem more than a physical one. Drugs, tobacco, diabetes, and atherosclerosis can affect blood circulation which influences erectile ability. The herb yohimbe has been shown to improve erectile and ejaculatory activity. Hypnotherapy may also be beneficial. Ginseng and the Ayurvedic herb ash-waganda can enhance sexual energy.
Zinc picolinate—30 to 60 mg, for prostitis and BHP.
Vitamin C—2 mg, three times daily, for prostitis.
Flaxseed oil or evening primrose oil—1 to 3 tsp, improves urinary flow and reduces swelling of BPH.
Glycine, alanine, glutamic acid—200 mg each, help maintain urinary flow and reduce swelling for BPH, are amino acids.
Beta sitosterol—60 to 130 mg, improves urinary flow and other symptoms of BPH,63 a plant sterol found in foods such as soybeans, brown rice, and whole wheat.
Pumpkin seeds—one handful daily, has more glycine, alanine, and glutamic acid than used in the above study, also contains zinc Whole grains Ground flaxseeds Whole wheat Brown rice Corn Legumes Peanuts
Soybeans—reduce risk of cancer due to the phy-
toestrogen content Cooked tomatoes—contain lypocene, a carotenoid, prevent cancer of the prostate Seeds
Sunflower seeds Nuts Almonds Walnuts Brazil nuts Fresh fruits Fresh vegetables Garlic
Cold pressed organic canola oil
Cold pressed soybean oil
Saw palmetto—160 mg extract twice daily, inhibits an enzyme that converts testosterone to its more active form that stimulates the proliferation of cells in the prostate, promotes shrinkage of gland and improves urinary function.64
Licorice—prevents testosterone conversion reducing enlargement of gland.
Pygeum—50 mg twice daily, relieves BPH symptoms65 due to three compounds: a diuretic, an anti-inflammatory, and a cholesterol reducer that can collect in the gland.
Nettle—2 to 3 tsp extract or 2 to 4 ml tincture three times daily, improves urinary flow.
Flower pollen—60 to 125 mg two or three times daily, used in Europe for prostatitis and BPH, reduces symptoms.
Take remedy according to symptoms for BPH:
Treatments are prescribed.
Herbal remedies are prescribed. Acupuncture
T'ai chi Reflexology
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