Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hypertrophy of Prostate

Among old age related diseases enlargement of prostate gland is one that concerns only men. This enlargement of prostate gland is called 'Benign Hypertrophy of Prostate' of BHP.The treatment for enlarged prostate is surgery and removal of gland. The mild enlargement can be managed with certain precautions and help of homoeopathy.

What is prostate?
Prostate is a king gland in males. It is called 'Porash' or purasth granthi' in Hindi. With middle or old age, the prostate gets enlarged. Prostate is the gland situated at the base of bladder. From bladder there is a passage for urine to pass. This passage is called urethra. The prostate gland surrounds urethra. It produces a fluid that mixes with semen to make up part of the seminal fluid. When it is enlarged its weight becomes more than 50 gms. Enlargement is that of middle lobe and if the posterior lobe is affected, it is prostate cancer.

When symptoms of enlargement of prostate are ignored, there are adverse effects on the bladder, urethra, ureters, kidneys and sexual organs. With constriction of passage in the urethra, some of the urine is left in the bladder. This urine stagnates and its residues settle down on the walls of bladder. This condition makes the wall of bladder thick which in turn may make stones (calculi). With obstruction of urine, the urethra becomes elongated. Elongation means compression of canal. When flow of urine is obstructed partially, there has to be back pressure on ureters which are dilated. The sphincter mechanism around ureters gets defective. The back pressure of urine is called hydronephrosis. The urine ascends in the ureters and damages the renal route.

Causes of enlargement
Natural rigidity of old age: In old age most of people suffer from rigidity of joints. There are people who have enlarged prostate but no rigidity of joints, etc.

Postponing urination: Some people are in the habit of postponing urination when travelling or in the public places. Stopping urine voluntarily exerts pressure on the walls of bladder which becomes thick. This thickness extends to starting region of urethra over which prostate is surrounded.

Hormones imbalance: Two testicular hormones govern the prostate, one is male androgenic and the other is female estrogen. The adrenal gland supplements them. Male hormone supply diminishes with the old age while supply of estrogen does not decrease proportionately. This is imbalance of hormones.

Management of BHP
If the weight of prostate is less than 50 gms, it is observed that prostate enlargement can be controlled and urine routine becomes normal. First of all make it a habit to go for urination before taking a bath and after taking lunch or dinner. Never postpone the urge for urination. When there is feeling about urine left in the bladder, keep standing. Wait for a few minutes. Now try to empty the bladder again. Practice this three to four times daily and conduct this routine for at least seven days. You will find that bladder muscles are toned and accustomed with release of urine. If there is no relief, consult a doctor.

There are a set of medicines for enlargement of prostate and the most important used are Sabal serr-Q, Ferrum Picrata 3x, and Thuja.

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