Options for BPH
It may seem as though we have come full circle, but even if
your diagnosis leaves you free of prostate cancer, you may
still have Benign Prostate Hyperplasia(BPH).
||Rather than using hormonal or
alpha blockers, many men have opted for a natural
approach to avoid some of the unpleasant side
effects of the drug therapy.
The two prescription drugs,
inasteride (Proscar) and terazosin (Hytrin)
make lots of money for drug
companies because they are the only two
approved by the FDA to prevent prostatic
proliferation (the growth of new prostate cells
that cause BPH in men over 50).
Before beginning an exploration
of natural treatment options, it must be perfectly understood
that there is no substitute for your
physician. These options are
presented as just that. . .options and you should consult your
physician before undertaking any new treatment options whether
medical or homeopathic.
First we will look at 7 different therapy options. These
options are Ayurveda, Reflexology, Food Therapy,
Imagery, Hydrotherapy, Vitamin and Mineral Therapy and
Yoga. We present you with a brief synopsis of
each therapy as it relates to prostate problems.
- Ayurveda - The Ayurvedic approach to
all disease is to first make certain that you have received
an appropriate diagnosis from a medical professional.
If the prostate diagnosis is benign the "flowing" approach
can be used. Mix the following herbal powders:
Punarnava, Gokshura and Shilajit.
Ingest just 1/4 teaspoon a day either dry or added to warm
water. An alternative is to drink any one of
horsetail, ginseng or hibiscus tea, consuming as much as
you wish each day. All of these herbs should be
available at your health food store or by mail order.
- Reflexology - Reflexology is the
practice of directing energy toward specific pressure
points in the body. Reflexology sessions begin with
relaxing the total body then shifting the focus of the
reflex to those areas of greatest need.
For our purposes that would be the prostate, endocrine,
pituitary, parathyroid, thyroid and adrenal glands as well
as the pancreas with the reflex in the hands or feet.
You can find reflexology charts that give you the reflex
points at most health food stores or schedule a session
with a professional reflexologist.
- Food Therapy - The key to affecting
positive change in the prostate by eating specific foods is
including any foods high in zinc. The properties in
zinc have been proven beneficial in shrinking an enlarged
prostate. Take a daily supplement of zinc.
In addition to a low-fat diet, particularly avoiding
saturated fats, consider adding one or two tablespoons per
day of flaxseed oil to your diet as well as pumpkin and
sunflower seeds, both know for their high content of
- Imagery - Imagery is closely
associated to hypnosis, both practices incorporating
positive visualization techniques to effect positive
changes. Here is one exercise proven beneficial for
our purposes here:
Close your eyes; breathe out three times and imagine
entering your body through any opening you choose.
Find your prostate and examine it from every angle.
Next, envision putting a thin golden net around the
gland. This net has a drawstring that you can
tighten. Cinch the drawstring so that the net is
wrapped snugly around the prostate. As you do this,
picture the prostate shrinking to its normal size.
Then imagine using your other hand to massage your
prostate. Sense that urine can now flow evenly and
The recommendation for this exercise is to practice it
twice a day, three to five minutes per session for six
cycles of 21 days on and 7 days off.
- Hydrotherapy - A hot sitz bath comes
highly recommended for the treatment of an inflamed
prostate. Sit down in a tub filled with comfortably
hot water to a depth of your navel. Soak for twenty
to forty-five minutes and follow with a cold bath or
shower. This treatment should be done once a day for
thirty days or until the symptoms are gone.
Vitamin and Mineral Therapy - The
ideal vitamin and mineral treatment for prostate
problems incorporates herbal medicine. The
following regimen is recommended to help control
- 400 international units of Vitamin E per
- 30 milligrams of zinc twice a day
- 1 milligram of copper twice a day
- One tablespoon of flaxseed oil a day
- 160 milligrams of saw palmetto twice a day
Flaxseed oil and saw palmetto are easily
obtainable in any health food store.
recent interest is the use of pumpkin
- Yoga - Certain Yoga poses can increase
blood flow to the groin, thereby relieving certain prostate
You can find books on Yoga that include these poses, as
well as many others, at any herbal or homeopathic
The two poses that will benefit prostate problems are the
"knee squeeze" and the "seated sun" along with the "stomach
To do the "stomach lock," lie on your back and take a deep
breath. Breathe out until all air is expelled from
your lungs, then pull in hard on your buttocks, groin and
stomach muscles. Hold this pose for a count of three
then release the muscles. It is recommended that this
session is repeated two or three times a day, three times a
session to help prevent prostate trouble.
You should not use this yoga pose if you suffer from high
blood pressure, hiatal hernia, ulcers or heart