Prostate Health

Discover 9 Proven Home Remedies for Prostate Problems

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It is a sad fact of growing older for the male species.  Most men over the age of 60 (and some in their 50s) develop some symptoms of prostate problems.  The three most common disorders are benign prostatic hyperplasis (BPH), a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate, prostatitis, an inflammatory infection, and prostate cancer.

BPH is so common that some physicians consider it a normal consequence of aging in males.

 

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The prostate’s main role is to produce an essential portion of the seminal fluid that carries sperm.

This walnut-shaped gland located just below a man’s bladder starts to kick in near puberty and continues to grow and grow.

This engagement doen’t usually cause symptoms until after age 40, and it usually doesn’t cause problems until age 60 or later.

An enlarged prostate is problematic because it presses on the urethra, creating difficulties with urination and weakening the bladder.  Some of the symptoms include:

  • difficulty urinating
  • frequent urination, especially at night
  • difficulty starting urination
  • an inability to empty the bladder
  • a dribble of urine despite the urgent need to urinate
  • a burning sensation when urinating
  • uncontrolled dribbling after urination
  • pain behind the scrotum
  • painful ejaculation

Ignoring prostate problems, as some men are wont to do, isn’t a smart idea.  Left untreated, prostate problems can get progressively worse, become more painful, and can lead to dangerous complications, such as bladder and kidney infections.

Changes in diet can help relieve some prostate discomforts and, in some cases, may reduce the chances of developing prostate cancer.

Home Remedies from the Cupboard

Pumpkin Seeds.  Pumpkin seeds are used by German doctors to treat difficult urination that accompanies an enlarged prostate that is not cancerous.  The seeds contain diuretic properties and plenty of zinc, which helps repair and build the immune system.

The tastiest way to enjoy pumpkin seeds is to eat them plain.  Remove the shells and don’t add salt.  You can also try a tea.

Crush a handful of fresh seeds and place in the bottom of a 1-pint jar.  Fill with boiling water.  Let cool to room temperature.  Strain and drink a pint of pumpkin seed tea a day.

Home Remedies from the Refrigerator

Corn silk.  The silk from corn has been used by Amish men for generations as a remedy for the symptoms of prostate enlargement.  When fresh corn is in season, cut the silk from 6 ears of corn. (Corn silk can be dried for later use too.)  Put in a quart of water, boil and simmer for ten minutes.  Strain and drink a cup.  Drink 3 cups a week.

Fish.  Fish from the deep comes a way to fight prostate cancer and tumor growth.  Try to get two servings a week of fish high i Omega-3 oils (the good oil) such as tuna, mackerel or salmon.

Soy.  Learning to like and use soy foods is an easy and good way to help nip prostate problems in the bud.  Soy-based foods contain phytoestrogens, which are thought to help reduce testosterone production, which is believed to aggravate prostate cancer growth.

The phytoestrogens are beleived to limit the growth of blood capillaries that form around tumors of the prostate.

Tomatoes.  Seize the salsa!  Pour on the spaghetti sauce!  Down that tomato juice!  Learn to add more tomatoes to your diet. Studies have shown that as little as 2 antioxidant compound that helps fight cancer.

These foods contain a powerful antioxidant agent called lycopene that gives them their characteristic red color.  Available as a nutritional supplement, lycopene not only prevents prostate cancer but also may reduce existing tumor size.

Watermelon seeds.  The Amish use watermelon tea to flush out the system and help with bladder and prostate problems.  Enjoy a slice of watermelon and spit the seeds in the cup.  When you have 1/8 cup fresh watermelon seeds, put them in a pint jar and fill with boiling water.  Let tea cool, strain, and drink.  Drink 1 pint of tea every day for ten days.

Fructose.  Another prostate-protecting food is fructose, the sugar in fruit that is used to sweeten many foods.  Overall, its consumption is associated with a reduced prostate-cancer risk.  Unlike calcium, fructose stimulates the production of a vitamin D form that inhibits tumors.

Home Remedies from the Supplement Shelf

Saw palmetto.  The extract of the berries of this plant has been shown to work as well or better than prescription drugs in improving urinary flow rates and reducing the symptoms of BPH, such as urinary hesitancy and weak flow.

The extract works by altering certain hormone levels, thus reducing prostate enlargement.  Palmetto extracts can be purchased at the health food store.  Consult your physician on recommended doses.

Stinging  nettle.  Stinging nettle has been used in Europe for more than a decade, and studies have shown it to reduce symptoms of prostate problems.  Nettle helps by inhibiting binding of testosterone-related proteins to their receptor sites on prostate cell membranes.  Take stinging nettle in extract form (as capsules).  Check with your physician for correct dosage.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a popular alternative healing tradition that offers several remedies for prostate disorders.  Although often confused with herbal and nutritional therapies that bear similar names, homeopathy is based on fundamentally different principles.

With homeopathy’s like-cures-like philosophy, substances that cause symptoms of illness in healthy people can be used in exceedingly low doses to cure similar symptoms from illness.  Homeopathic remedies for prostate disorders include Chimaphilla umbrella, Pulsatilla, clematis, apis, Stahysagria, Selenium, Bartya carb, Kali bic, and Causticum.

Magnetic Fields

Evidence suggests that cancers can be treated with magnetic fields.  As such, it has been suggested that prostate tumor can be inhibited by sitting for several hours a day on a magnet (e.g. magnetic pad).

Because the north-pole associated field-the side that attracts the north-pole-seeking end of a compass needle-slows down biological growth while the  south-pole field stimulates growth, cancers should be treated with only the magnet’s north-pole field.

Do Remember

  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Limit your intake of fatty foods and red meats.
  • Schedule an annual prostate exam.
  • Watch your alcohol intake.  Studies have shown that beer can raise prolactin levels in the body, which in turn can eventually lead to prostate enlargement.
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