Regardless if you’ve been in perfect health your whole life, the chances of you having prostate enlargement over the age of 45 is fifty percent. The official term for it is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or benign prostatic hypertrophy and not life threatening in any way if problems are found early on. Early symptoms include a weak stream of urine or painful and bloody urine. The urgency to need to pee and the frustrating feeling of not being able to completely empty ones bladder.
That saying goes, “All men will get an enlarged prostate if they live long enough”. Again, if treated there is no worries but if left untreated, it can lead to health complications such as bladder stones, constant urinary infections and eventually kidney damage.
Treatment of the condition is fully determined by the severity of the symptoms you are presenting. A PSA test accompanied with a physical exam will determine if there are indeed any cancerous cells in the prostate or in any surrounding areas. The ruling out of cancer will open up some options such as taking care of it naturally, which we’ll briefly discuss at the end of the article.
The Need For Surgery
If surgery is deemed necessary, one will undergo a full rectal exam in order to properly feel the size and shape of the gland. The urologist will then either recommend some medication at first to lower the levels of hormones produced by the prostate so that it may reduce it’s size. Hopefully this helps and then after re-examination, the doctor can determine what specific surgical procedure will be appropriate. This is fully assessed by the current size and shape of the prostate and the symptoms associated with it. Complications are common with this surgery since the gland is very delicate. These could be impotence or incontinence and a reason why natural remedies are a welcome alternative.
If the doctor approves, herbal supplements for enlarged prostate, such as saw palmetto oil, are very helpful and one of the top 10 herbal remedies used to treat prostate conditions. All other types of herbal remedies use some combination of saw palmetto since it improves symptoms that much. Other nutrients that have been known to work well are Lycopene, Selenium, Uva Ursi, Beta Sitosterol, Campesterol and Zinc. Some have had success with cod liver oil and borage oil as well. A healthy diet consisting of fruits and vegetables plus anything high in fiber will contribute to a clean colon and a healthy prostate gland.
When looking more into these types of remedies, make sure the facility you go with are both FDA and GMP approved since they are going to use only products that have ingredients listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS). Only types of ingredients can pass these strict requirements so you can be more confident in their effect. Varying symptoms will warrant different solutions such as chimaphila umbellata, which will help with that retention or cease the urgency one might feel.