The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland in the male reproductive organ. It is responsible for producing fluid that enhances semen mobility. BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia is a disorder of the prostate gland that leads to its enlargement and usually affects men after the age of 50. Though the exact cause of this problem is not yet known but factors like family history, obesity, diabetes and heart ailments could be reasons that attribute to BPH.
The various remedies that are known to lessen and cure an enlarged prostate are
Take a slice of watermelon and extract its seeds. Take 1/4 cup of watermelon seeds and add it to a pint of boiling water. Let this sit for 10-15 minutes so that the watermelon seeds have infused all their nutrition into the water. Strain and drink this cooled watermelon tea. Take one pint of tea every day for a week.
Take the silk from the ears of 6 corn ears. Add them to 4 cups of water and boil for 10 minutes.Strain and drink. The silk of the corn acts a natural diuretic and flushes out toxins from the body. About 3 cups a week is the optimal quantity.
Soy foods contain phytoestrogens which help reduce the level of testosterone, which could be responsible for an enlarged prostrate. So people having the problem of BPH should add soy foods to their diet.
This is a natural diuretic that contains bioactive phytochemicals which can shrink the prostate. 1 tsp of dry nettle leaves can be added to a pot of boiling water and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Strain and drink 2-3 times a day.
Garlic is said to reduce the frequency of urination and the trips to the washroom in the night can also be reduced with the addition of garlic to the diet.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Take 1-2 tab of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, with 1 tsp of honey in a glass of warm water. Drink this twice a day. Make a soak by adding a cup of raw apple cider vinegar to a bathtub of water. Soak yourself for 10-15 minutes.
These are exercises are aimed to strengthen the pelvic muscles. Empty the bladder and lie on your back in a flat surface and bend the knees. Tighten the pelvic muscles for a count of 5 and then relax again for 5 counts. Repeat this 10-20 times and do these exercises at least 4 times a day on a regular basis.
People who exercise and do aerobics, are less affected by prostate problems. We should exercise regularly and do resistance training to keep the prostate healthy as the core muscles get strengthened and inflammation is reduced. Walking, jogging, yoga, cycling, tennis all help maintain a good body weight and is good for overall health.
This is a hot and cold bath water therapy. Fill a bathtub with warm water and add 1/2 cup Epsom salt. Fill another bathtub with cold water and add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Alternate with sitting up to the waist in hot water for 3 minutes and then cold water for a minute. Repeat this cycle twice, finishing with warm water. This bath can be enjoyed many times a week.