At the end of a busy and hectic day one look forwards to his bed and pillow to take some respite from daily stress and to summon the energy to face the world the next day. Imagine the plight of a man who slept like a stone, all his life, has been sitting through long, grueling meetings and seminars without getting disturbed but now wakes up for annoying trips to the bathroom and faces situation like when they have to go, they really have to go!!!
For most men these frequent runs to the bathroom at night are the first sign of prostatic enlargement or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia also simply known as BPH.
What is the Prostate Gland?
The prostate is a small organ about the size of a walnut. It lies below the bladder (where urine is stored) and surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder). The prostate makes a fluid that helps to nourish sperm as part of the semen (ejaculatory fluid). Prostate problems are common in men 50 and older. Most can be treated successfully without harming sexual function.
Causes of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Although not very clearly defined, prostatic enlargement occurs as a normal aging process due to hormonal imbalances in the body.
- The male hormone testosterone plays an important role in prostate growth. The prostate converts testosterone into another powerful androgen which stimulates cell growth in the gland and is responsible for the growth between puberty and adulthood.
- One theory is that certain cells in the gland may become active late in life and signal other prostate cells to replicate and sensitive to growth stimulating hormones.
- As men age the testosterone levels fall and the proportion of estrogen hormone increases and this possibly triggers the prostate growth.
Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
In BPH, the prostate gland grows in size and compresses the urethra which courses through the center of the prostate. This impedes the flow of urine from the bladder through the urethra to the outside and causes urine to back up in the bladder (retention) leading to the need to urinate frequently during the day and night. Over a period of time the bladder muscle gradually becomes stronger, thicker, and overly sensitive; it begins to contract even when it contains small amounts of urine, causing a need to urinate frequently. Eventually, the bladder muscle cannot overcome the effect of the narrowed urethra so urine remains in the bladder and it is not completely emptied. The other symptoms of BPH include
- A weak or slow urinary stream
- A feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
- Difficulty starting urination
- Frequent urination
- Urgency to urinate
- Getting up frequently at night to urinate
- A urinary stream that starts and stops
- Straining to urinate
- Continued dribbling of urine
- Returning to urinate again minutes after finishing
When the bladder does not empty completely there is a risk for developing urinary tract infections. Other serious problems which develop over time include bladder stones, blood in the urine, incontinence, and acute urinary retention (an inability to urinate). Most men put up with an enlarged prostate for months, even years, before seeing a doctor.
Homeopathic treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
In conventional medicine surgical intervention is the option a patient is given for prostatic hypertrophy. However, these procedures can often cause irreversible side effects like incontinence, sexual dysfunction and age-related complications.
- Correctly and accurately prescribed homeopathic remedy by an experienced homeopath reverses the symptoms of prostatic hypertrophy, restoring the state of health without any surgical intervention.
- The strength of homeopathy lies in the fact that we have different remedies which are useful for variety of patients and cover various symptoms. Hence individualization is possible and cure is obtained successfully.
- Sabal serrulata and Conium are two of the many medicines in a homeopaths box for treating prostate problems. Moreover there are other specific remedies which help to tackle the problems associated with BPH like repeated UTI’s, headaches and anxieties due to disturbed sleep patterns.
- A familial tendency which is often linked in these cases is tackled with polycrest and constitutional medications of homeopathy and the patient is saved from going through the trouble of dealing with the complaints because of the imminent enlargement.
- A visit to an experienced homeopath is definitely prescribed before one takes the decision to go under the surgeon’s knife.