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Thursday, September 26, 2013


Enlarged Prostate Gland treatment in Ayurveda 

Prostate gland is a gland surrounding the neck of the bladder in male mammals and releasing prostatic fluid. The technical or literal meaning of prostate is “Protector” or the one who stands before like a guard. Basically it’s a guard to the pipe which carries urine from urinary bladder to outside. This protects the urethra in men because the urinary pipe in men is much longer than in females and needs protection. It not only guards the urethra but also guards the sperms by its secretions. The secretions are highly alkaline and protect the sperms from acidic media in the vagina, thereby helping the sperm to lead a longer life span.

Size and Location of Prostate Gland 

A healthy male’s prostate gland is about 11 grams in weight, which is a little bigger than the size of a walnut.
The part of urethra which is surrounded by prostate gland is called Prostatic urethra. If the prostate gland grows bigger in size, it presses down on this portion of urethra leading to symptoms like urinary urge, drop by drop urination, difficult and painful urination. Since the ejaculatory ducts also open in the urethra in this region, there can be pain during the ejaculation as well, if the prostate is enlarged.

Zones of Prostate Gland 

Prostate is an exocrine gland, found in mammals and is divided into 4 zones i.e. Peripheral ( 70 % )  Central ( 25 % )  Transition zone ( 5 % )  and fibro-muscular zone (5 % )
In Peripheral zone, 70-80 % of prostate cancers origin in this area and Benign prostate enlargement happens mostly in Transition zone.
Sometimes the zones are also classified into lobes
Anterior Lobe is transitional zone, Posterior Lobe is Peripheral zone, Lateral lobes are all over the zones and Median lobe is roughly the central zone.

Function of Prostate Gland

As mentioned above, the meaning of Prostate is to protect like a guard. The secretions from the gland are slightly alkaline and help the spermatozoa to live for longer span and stay motile in the highly acidic vaginal secretions. The sperms which are expelled along with prostatic secretions have better motility, longer survival and better protection of the genetic material.

What are the various symptoms of Enlarged Prostate Gland

1.      Painful micturition
2.      Break in urinary stream
3.      Straining while urinating
4.      Sensation of incomplete emptying
5.      Decreased urine flow , i.e. less than 10 ml per second. The normal is 20 ml per second.
6.      Urge to pass urine and not able to control
7.      The need to get up during the night to pass urine
8.      Drop by drop passing of urine
9.      Pain during ejaculation near the anus
10.  Increased frequency of urination
11.  Recurrent urinary tract infections due to poor flushing of bladder

  What are PSA levels and other ways to find Enlarged prostate or Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is one of the significant causes of death in elderly men and is one of the most common cancers. The increased PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) in blood, enlarged prostate by rectal exam and measurement of a protein in urine called – Engrailed-2 or EN2 can lead to diagnosis of enlarged prostate and Prostate cancer.
As mentioned above, the prostate cancer mainly begins in the Peripheral zone of the prostate and Benign prostatic hypertrophy occurs mainly in the transitional zone.  
The PSA levels help to establish if the prostatic enlargement is benign or cancerous. There are however Ayurvedic remedies and natural treatment options which help to reduce the PSA levels and keep them in control to normal limits. There are certain Ayurvedic medicines which help to reduce the size of the prostate in case of Benign prostatic hypertrophy.

Ayurvedic Treatment ofEnlarged prostate  without Surgery

In Ayurveda, Enlargement of prostate gland is described as “Ashthila rog”. There are possibilities of shrinking the enlarged gland using various herbal remedies. There are many ayurvedic and herbal remedies for prostate enalargement recommended to lower down PSA levels as well as taking care of symptoms. The various herbal remedies for enlarged prostate gland are -

1. Varunadi Vati  - The Varuna is a tree and the bark of this tree is used in Ayurveda to lower down PSA levels and reduce the size of enlarged prostate gland. This is a total natural preparation used in Ayurveda since ages. This is a classical Ayurvedic blend mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic texts since centuries and is used for prostate enlargement as well as urinary problems. This is totally a natural solution to the problem, does not contain any hormones or chemicals and gives excellent results. It helps to improve urinary outflow, reduce the pain, reducing the post void residual urine volume.

2. Shilajit – This is a natural substance called “Rock Mineral” and “Fountain of Youth” and is quiet popular for its anti-aging, stamina enhancing, urinary system strengthening properties. People from countries like Nepal, India are using this rock mineral because of it is well known anti-aging and male sex health improving properties. It not only helps to shrink the enlarged prostate but also provides natural micro-minerals, nutrients and aids the assimilation of the nutrients taken from the diet. Shilajit is excellent for burning micturition, urinary tract infections, enlarged prostate, increased PSA levels, infections of the kidneys, bladder or the urinary tract. It helps in increasing the urine flow and is a wonderful natural ayurvedic treatment for benign prostate enlargement

 3. Kachnaar Guggul – Kachnaar tree ( Bauhinea variegate) bark is traditionally used in ancient ayurvedic system of medicine since ages for swollen lymph nodes, enlarged glands, tonsils, lymphomas, tumors, cancers and enlarged prostate gland. This is a wonderful ayurvedic remedy for prostate enlargement. The combination of Kachnaar Guggul with Shilajit, Varunadi Vati, Tribulus terrestris works together to arrest the increasing prostate size and PSA levels.

4. Tribulus Power – Tribulus terrestris is a small herb and is very popular for its use as a male sex health supplement in the west. It is a wonderful herb for improving urine stream, helps in stopping the drop by drop urination, eases the urinary pressure, helps to control the urinary urgency and shrink the prostate gland to normal size. It gives overall strength to the genito-urinary system of the male. Planet Ayurveda Tribulus is a standardized 500 mg herbal extract and is much better than other brands because it’s standardized to contain up to 40 % saponnins. It is an effective herbal remedy for enlarged prostate gland. 

Best Ayurvedic Treatment  for Prostate Enlargement - BPH - Enlarged prostate gland or Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
  1. Shilajit Capsules
  2. Varunadi Vati Tablets
  3. Kachnaar Guggul tablets
  4. Tribulus Power Capsules

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Dosage of herbal supplements for Enlarged prostate Gland

1. Shliajit Capsules - 2 capsules twice daily
2. Varunadi and Kachnaar Guggul tablets -2 tablets twice daily
3. Cap. Tribulus Power - 2 capsules twice daily


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