Prostate gland anatomy and physiology.
The prostate gland is one of the most vulnerable and weak organs in the men’s body. This gland is ruddy- brown and as small as an English walnut. Ill prostate gland influences not only to the physical condition of the body, but also it disturbs night sleep by calling for more than a few trips to the lavatory during the evening. Also, an enlarged prostate can kill an individual by generating uremic toxic substance.
In elderly men enlarged prostate gland becomes a convenient place for cancer development. A prostate gland is one of the most important organs that contribute to healthy sexual life. This organ stores seminal fluid, aka prostate juice, which is essential for man’s fertility. Healthy seminal fluid, produced by the prostate gland, contains all necessary ingredients for nourishing the sperm (fats, carbs, enzymes and proteins). This prostate juice also defends sperm from the acidity of the vagina and creates for spermatozoids a water-like environment where they can swim.
During an ejaculation, testicles deliver 150-200 million spermatozoids and the prostate fluid transport them toward the egg.
Benign Prostate Hyperplasia – enlarged prostate
While the prostate gland ages, it develops from the size an almond in teenagers to the scale of a walnut in adults.
The small part of the urinary conduit aka urethra that drains the bladder runs thru the gland. That’s why any enlargement of the prostate gland (inflammation, tumor, and cyst) may obstruct the urine flow by squeezing the urethra.
In cases of complete blockage, the urine flows back to the bladder creating a depot of stagnant liquid in which bacteria can successfully grow, causing serious chronic forms of inflammations, retention and as a result of it hydronephrosis.
In a mature man, the gland normally weighs approximately 20 grams. Almost 75 percent of prostate size and weight advances during the age between 15 and 22 as a result of hormonal deviations related to sexual development. The gland doubles in weight and size during this period of man’s life.
Regrettably, 60 percent of men after the age of forty suffer from non-threatening enlargement of prostate gland aka Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
Some scientists describe BPH in men as a stage of body development similar to menopause in women. However, the symptoms are completely different.
The chief complaint that BPH patients report is an advanced decline in the ability to urinate as the prostate gland expands and compresses the urethra.
Symptoms of enlarged prostate aka Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
- Urgency to urinate as a result of stretching of the vesical sphincter
- Man need to wait for urination to begin and straining does not help
- Stream is feeble with Tendency to stop (starts and drops)
- Dull pain as a result of acute retention of urine
- Sensation of pressure in the lower stomach area
- Chance of Hematuria
- Renal failure
Traditional Western Treatment for enlarged prostate – BPH
- Catheterization: This procedure is necessary as an emergency relief in the case of urine
- Transurethral microwave procedures. This method assumes use of a unique device – Prostatron, which applies microwaves to a prostate gland and destroys the excess of the prostate’s tissue.
- Transurethral needle ablation (TUNA) is the treatment system that brings radiofrequency currents and burns the area of the gland’s enlargement.
- Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) surgical removal of the obstructing tissues
- The complete prostate gland removal recommended in cases when the hyperplasia of the prostate gland is completely out of control and when signs of malignization registered based on the clinical and lab assessments.
- Laser surgery.Surgical procedures that apply the energy of the YAG laser to vanish the extra tissues.
PROSTATE ENLARGEMENT SELF CARE
Changing only a lifestyle sometimes may help to relief the symptoms of a prostate enlargement and avoid the further illness development and deterioration.
I usually advise my patients to:
- Limit intake of liquids in the late afternoon and night time.If possible stop consumption of any fluids, including soups, water, soda, alcohol, tea, coffee, etc. 2-3 hours before bedtime.
- Avoid overfill of the bladder.Don’t allow your bladder to overfill. Do your best to empty it completely every time you are urinating. Sometimes, urinating in a sitting position make this process easier.
- Limit spirits consumption.Liquors escalate the urine manufacturing and often causes urination.
- Avoid over-the-counter cold medicines.Some decongestants lead to spasm of sphincters which makes urination more challenging.
- Stay active.Physical activities, including walking and jogging advance blood circulation in the pelvic area and thus improves the functions of the muscles of the bladder wall, sphincters, and urethra.
- Avoid cold environments.Cold temperature may results in urine retention due to spasm of band muscles of the bladder.
Homeopathic treatment for prostate enlargement
Of course for the most effective homeopathic treatment practitioner should follow the rules of individuality, the “like cures like” philosophy, and the holistic approach.
BPH is a medical disorder that distorts any physician’s strategy because the supremacy of the symptoms, in this case, prevails by the patient.
Ill individuals are usually so distressed and so uncomfortable that they recognize the significance to their general, personal, and constitutional symptoms.
That’s why many homeopathic physicians start treatment with the symptomatic approach to relief major symptoms of the disease using palliative tactics and only after the symptoms diminished they administer constitutional remedies for enduring, lasting relief.
A homeopath may find mixed miasmas in the BPH patient, however Sycosis plays an important part in this disease.
So, when homeopath switching from palliative to general treatment the following remedies appear on the top of the list:
SABAL SERRULATA ( SAW PALMETTO)
In recent times, medical writings have delivered a greater than before backing for the administration of natural ingredients that avert the advanced development of the hyperplasia of the prostate gland (BPH). Saw palmetto is certainly the acknowledged herbal medicine for the BPH treatment. It is a vegetal that grows in the USA. Naturopathic practitioners use this medicinal herb for over than two hundred. According to the medical publications dated by the beginning of 19th century, Saw Palmetto is a medicinal herb. Based on clinical medical studies the extract of this plant relieves symptoms related to reproduction system in both men and women, and the range of these symptoms is from prostate enlargement (hyperplasia) to a menstrual discomfort in OB-GYN clinic. The extract of this medicinal plant prevents testosterone from transforming into dihydrotestosterone, which causes proliferation of the prostate cells resulting in enlarged prostate.
Saw Palmetto stops androgen and estrogen receptors and thus stimulates vigorous hair growth. This herb also reduces Dihydro-testosterone (DHT) concentration in a bloodstream preventing baldness. Because of its hormonal effect, it can aid the thyroid in regulating sexual development and normalizing activity of those glands and organs.
The following properties of Saw Palmetto make this herb one of the most recognized in naturopathic clinic:
- Treats an enlarged prostate
- Reduces urges to urinate, especially at the night time
- Atonia of the bladder sphincter muscle
- Painful or difficult urination
- Applies its healing ability on membrane-prostatic fragment of urethra
THUJA OCCIDENTALIS ( ARBOR VITAE )
I recommend using Thuja to cure the following conditions:
- Sycotic dyscrasia on the reproductive-urinary system;
- Sycotic discomforts: muscles and joints aches;
- Surplus of Hydrogen and as a result of H2O in the bloodstream and fleshy tissue;
- Rapid weight loss, skinniness, and tiredness;
- An overstated conception, certainty, or false impression that continues, regardless of proof to the contrary, and governs the thoughts and emotions;
- Enlarged prostate;
- Gonorrhea in the past;
- Inflammation of glans and foreskin (the pleat of skin that hiding the glans of the penis);
- Infection in urethra with swelling and divided urine stream;
- Feeling of itching in urethra next to urination;
- Necessity to urinate impulsive and imperative, patient can’t stop the urge;
- Recurrent urges to urinate;
- Pain in the pelvic area.
PETROSELINUM ( PARSLEY )
Parsley is very popular herb, used in most cuisines but is native to the Mediterranean coast of South-Western Europe and North Africa and Asia (Greece, Italy, Turkey, Egipt, etc.). Parsley in these countries has been grown for more than two thousand years and used for medical purposes before it was used up as food. In the old Greece, population held this herb to be blessed. Petroselinum crispum aka Parsley contains flavonoids – specifically flavones apigenin, flavonols quercetin, luteolin, and kaempferol. These elements function as strong antioxidants – especially if combined with extremely responsive oxygen-containing radicals. Thus, parsley helps to avoid oxygen-based destruction to prostate cells. Also, parsley extract evidenced to increasing the antioxidants volume in the blood.
The most similar symptoms for Petroselinum (Parsley) are:
- Piping hot sensation along with stinging from perineum all the way through urethra
- Abrupt necessity to urinate
- Unexpected irresistible desire to urinate
- Intense stinging, irritation deep in urethra
- White and creamy discharge
HYDRANGEA ( SEVEN BARKS )
Naturopathic physicians and herbalists use Hydrangea for centuries as an effective treatment for BPH. They also, often combine hydrangea with Horsetail for better and faster result. Hydrangea is one of the best botanical medicines for the pain due to nephrological medical disorders. Amazing, but Hydrangea can resize kidney stones, make them smaller and
Hydrangea is very rich in silica and thus is important to preserve the flexibility of filtering pipes in kidneys. Arteries, especially important for proper blood circulation through the filtering tubules of each kidney. I prescribe Hydrangea if during assessment find the following symptoms and modalities:
- Prostate enlargement
- Urine work shows rich sediments of white, unstructured obstacles in urine;
- Scorching in urethra and recurrent needs to urinate;
- A patient experiences difficulties to start urination;
- Acute discomfort in groin area
- Great deal of thirstiness accompanies Enlarged prostate
International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS).
The primary purpose for IPSS is to summarize and confirm answers to the inquiries related to the conditions of the UTI in general and prostate gland mainly. Seven questions aka IPSS has been implemented everywhere in the world. The result of the IPSS survey delivers duplicable, and measurable figures on the subject of complaints and reaction to the healing process for BPH. Each inquiry lets a patient decide on 1 of 6 responses representing growing harshness of symptoms on a scale of 0-5.
The holistic approach and treatment protocol for enlarged prostate considers the severity of symptoms, the size of the prostate gland and the overall medical condition. Homeopathic medicine is a treatment modality of choice. However, a discussion of each case with a urologist for an accurate diagnosis is essential. Homeopathic remedies are natural, harmless and easy to take.
Homeopathy reduces urination regularity, improves the urine stream and prevents UTIs.