The prostate gland in the men body is located at the base of the bladder, and it is the size of the walnut. The fluid produced in these glands help in protecting and feeding the sperm. This fluid comes from seminal vesicles through ejaculation ducts into urethra.
The urethra is a thin tube from which urine flow from the bladder to the penis. It runs through the prostate gland.
Prostate gland goes through two growth process. One occur during the puberty when body releases sex hormones. In this period, prostate gland reaches to the average weight of 20 grams.
However, the second growth process occurs when men reaches at the age of 30. Scientists and experts fail to understand the reason behind this growth. This growth process continues till the men reach 70s.
Men experience urinary problems as their age grows, which can be caused by inflammation or enlarged prostate gland. Sometime enlarged prostate glands don’t cause any urinary problems. Additionally, troublesome urinary troubles are rarely connected to prostate cancer.
The Real Cause Of Prostate Enlargement?
As I mentioned above, there is no real cause of prostate enlargement. However, there are number of factors that can activate the growth of cells in the testicles, and aging is one of the leading cause of enlarged prostate gland. When the cells in the prostate gland increases, the size of prostate gland also increases.
During the initial days of prostate enlargement, the muscles in the bladder become think and urine has to pass through narrowed tube of urethra. This increases sensitivity and forces you to urine often.
However, when prostate gland increases further it squeezes urethra further, and bladder issues become unbearable.
Ayurveda Outlook On Prostate Enlargement:
People who are associated with Ayurveda uses the words ‘parush granthi shoth’ for prostate enlargement. This problem occur during urine elimination which is one of the functions of Apan Vayu. Some of the functions of Apan Vayu are: controlling the movement of lower back region, pelvic region, ejaculation, and urine excretion.
According to Ayurveda, prostate enlargement occurred due to imbalance of vata doshas due to wrong foods we eat in our daily diet. Thankfully, Ayurveda tells us some foods that can prevent and treat this problem. Here are some of them:
1. Pumpkin And Watermelon Seeds:
Many German doctors are using pumpkin seeds for treating various urinary troubles, including enlargement of prostate gland. These pumpkin seeds contains diuretic properties and they are rich in zinc that protects and heal immune system.
The best and most effective way to consume pumpkin seeds is eating them plainly. Just remove the skin and don’t add salt.
Another way to consume these pumpkin seeds is by drinking tea. Crush a handful of pumpkin seeds and put them in a cup. Pour a hot drinking water in the cup and let the cup cool in the room temperature. Stir it properly and drink a cup of pumpkin seeds tea everyday.
Pumpkin and watermelon seeds both work in the same way. They clean body from harmful toxins and also helpful with prostate problems. You can also enjoy watermelon and collect its seeds in a cup. When the cup is fill with 1/8 of the pumpkin seeds, you can put boiling water and let it cool. Strain and drink the watermelon seeds tea once in ten days.
There are many supplements available in the market that are made from rye-grass pollen and they help in treating BPH symptoms. These troublesome BPH symptoms include unable to fully empty the bladder and the urge to urine frequently.
Cernilton is the registered pharmaceutical supplement that contains rye-grass pollen in the formula and it targets at eliminating BPH symptoms.
Cernilton is a very popular brand but no large-scale studies proved its effectiveness in treating BPH symptoms. However, some small-scale studies showed this supplement reduces overall prostate size.
3. Saw Palmetto:
Saw Palmetto is a small fruit that comes from Palm tree. For many centuries, this little fruit is being used as an alternative treatment for urinary problem caused by enlarged prostate gland.
According to Natural Institutes of Health (NIH), several small-scale studies showed that saw palmetto does help in relieving BPH symptoms.
Many studies are going on to discover the anti-inflammatory and hormone-blocking properties that saw palmetto may have and also its effects when combine with other medicines and herbs.
Generally, Saw Palmetto is safe to use with mild side effects of headaches and stomach upset.
Pygeum is the extract that comes from the bark of the African pulm tree. Many studies showed the positive results of the Pygeum. Around 18 studies showed that Pysgeum works twice fast and effective as compared to placebo in treating urinary problems. Also, in this studies it found that Pygeum increased urinary flow by 25%.
Foods To Avoid:
We have already discussed about foods that can treat enlarged prostate gland. Now it’s time to talk about foods that you have to avoid to make sure you don’t get urinary problems.
- Dairy Products: Some dairy products can act as a BPH symptoms-triggered. It is good to avoid dairy products such as blue cheese, cheddar cheese, and Swiss cheese. If you want to include dairy in your diet then you can intake (in moderation) yogurt, cottage cheese, and sour cream.
- Vegetables: You have to avoid board beans, corns, and squash.
- Fruits: You have to reduce pineapples, orange juice, red plums, and yellow cherries to reduce the risk of BPH symptoms. You can intake (n moderation) mangoes, green grapes, and red cherries
- Protein: You can include meat in your BPH diet. However, you should avoid salami, sausages, beef, and salted fish.
Manage Your Stress: People who remain under stress for a long period of time often experience BPH symptoms. You should talk to a therapist or learn some meditation techniques. These are great techniques to release stress from your whole body.
Supplements: Many supplements are now available in the market that can help you in treating enlarged prostate gland. These supplements contains scientifically proven ingredients but they are not as regulated as other medicines. So it is important to select supplement that can proven success record. Read this post for my #1 recommendation.
Talk With Your Doctor: Some men have higher risk of prostate cancer. So it is good to talk with the doctor if you are getting urinary problems. Maybe your problem will need medications.