How to Treat Prostate Problems Naturally
How can one treat prostate problems naturally and of course, is it always possible?
These are the questions we will answer here, to ensure that you can make an educated decision when it comes to your prostate health.
First and foremost, prostate plays a major role in fertility and as you may know, a good night of uninterrupted sleep. Indeed, when a prostate is abnormally large, difficulties or a pressing need to urinate aren’t rare. However, in most cases, it’s possible to treat prostate problems naturally.
Disclaimer: Regardless of the gravity of your problem, consult a urologist to make sure your problem is benign.
Now, let’s see how the prostate works and what are the most common problems.
Prostate’s Function and Common Conditions
Your prostate is pretty much the size of a small nut (no pun intended) and is found surrounding your urethra. This tiny gland is formed by glandular cells that are surrounded by connective tissue. Thus, this connective tissue incorporates your prostate into a muscular structure.
Also, it’s important to know that glandular cells secrete a liquid that is going to end up in your semen and boost the motility of sperm. Consequently, a good prostate health is paramount for fertility.
Nevertheless, prostatic hypertrophy – or an enlarged prostate gland – happens to one man out of two (after fifty). The most common symptom of this condition? You’ve probably guessed it right… The enlarged prostate compresses the bladder and urethra, making your weeing sessions either difficult or way too frequent.
However, an enlarged prostate gland (or prostatic hypertrophy or… prostate adenoma) doesn’t have anything to do with a prostate’s cancer. But if it isn’t treated, it will lead to obstructions and urinary infections.
Consequently, if you haven’t done it yet, consult your doctor or an urologist to make sure your problem is benign. The symptoms of prostate cancer are rather similar so, you will need to discard this possibility.
Also, before thinking about surgery, try the following ways to treat prostate problems naturally. Because, at the end of the day, the surgical route will consist on removing a part or the entirety of your prostate. And this can lead to erectile dysfunction (aka ED) and fertility issues.
This is no small matter.
How to Treat Prostate Problems Naturally
The proposed tips to treat prostate problems naturally do not replace a medical opinion. However, as long as the instructions are followed, there are pretty much risk free. So, you can freely incorporate any of the following advice to your routine, before taking the route of surgery…
Many plants like nettle, saw palmetto (scientific name: Serenoa Repens), the bark of African plum tree and fireweed can help you reduce symptoms and in some cases, treat prostate issues.
◊ Nettle : Nettle root is often found in scientific literature for its anti-inflammatory properties and its action against prostate tissue growth. This root can slow the evolution of a prostatic adenoma and reduce the frequency of toilet trips. Also, for best results, make sure to get a standardised extract of the plant. It’s recommended to take 5ml before your meals.
◊ Saw Palmetto: Saw Palmetto is a plant that works very well with nettle to treat prostatic issues. However, for best results, you will need to get the fruit of the saw palmetto. Moreover, the bark of the African plum tree as similar results. But, the latter is an endangered species. So, do try to go for Saw Palmetto instead.
◊ Fireweed: Fireweed is a gorgeous flower, often found in the European Alps. This flower shows a lot of promise to treat prostatic hypertrophy. However, science still has to study the matter more extensively.
But an Austrian experiment has shown that the local population who drink an infusion of fireweed tend to have significantly less prostate’s surgical treatments.
Later on, it was proved that firewood was efficient to fight against prostate adenoma, reduce urination frequency and reinforce a weak urinary flow.
In addition, fireweed seems to be as efficient as certain medications (that inhibit the enzyme 5alpha-reductase) used to treat adenoma.
Well, we all know that regular exercise is good for overall health, cardiovascular health, keeping diabetes at bay, etc.
After 30, we lose about 10% of testosterone per decade. However, did you know that regular exercise can also reduce the risk of prostate cancer and boost your testosterone levels?
And by boosting your testosterone levels, you decrease the risk of prostatic complications and improve current symptoms.
A study published in 2013 showed that extremely active men had 53% less chances to have a prostatic issue. (1)
This goes well along the ever so known…exercise regularly, because we all know that diet is crucial for a good health. When it comes to prostate adenoma, it can also significantly influence its development.
For instance, hydrogenated fats and free radicals are the main enemies of your little gland.
To improve your diet, start by increasing your intake of vegetables rich in antioxidants.
So, your next shopping list should include seasonal fruits and vegetables (organic if you can), and try to go for a rainbow of colours. Moreover, a daily square of dark chocolate (70% or more) can also give you lovely extra antioxidants. Obviously, it doesn’t replace vegetables!
Additionally, you will have to cut down sugar and carbs to reduce the size of your prostate. You can replace those with healthier carbs like legumes (chickpeas, beans, lentils, etc.) and wholesome grains.
Having Regular Sex
Regular sex is great for prostate’s health and to reduce current symptoms. However, if you aren’t in an exclusive relationship, don’t forget to protect yourself.
On the other hand, you should know that excessive masturbation can increase the risk of prostate cancer. For example, masturbating 2 to 7 times a week can increase the risk by 80% in men between 20 et 30 years, and by 70% in men between 30 and 40.
However, past fifty, regular masturbation (without abuse) seems to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. But, to decrease the risk further, limit ejaculation to mainly intercourse. By doing so, you will eventually see an increase of libido and performance. (2)
How to Treat Prostate Problems Naturally – Conclusion
If this advice doesn’t resolve your problems, don’t wait any longer and consult a specialist. Do not wait until it gets worse.
Also, know that tomatoes and coffee (even decaffeinated) are excellent to prevent prostate cancer. Do incorporate them as much as humanly possible! 😉
(1) Effect of Acute Exercise on Prostate Cancer Cell Growth. Helene Rundqvist, Martin Augsten, Anna Strömberg, Eric Rullman, Sara Mijwel, Pedram Kharaziha, Theocharis Panaretakis, Thomas Gustafsson, Arne Östman. Plos One. 2013.
(2) Sexual activity and prostate cancer risk in men diagnosed at a younger age. Dimitropoulou P1, Lophatananon A, Easton D, Pocock R, Dearnaley DP, Guy M, Edwards S, O’Brien L, Hall A, Wilkinson R, Eeles R, Muir KR. BJU Int. 2009.