The prostate gland, which is normally about the size and shape of a walnut, surrounds the urethra between the pubic bone and the rectum, below the bladder. The prostate gland secretes a fluid that is discharged with sperm. As the prostate grows larger, it may press on the urethra. This narrowing of the urethra can cause some men with prostate enlargement to have trouble with urination. Prostate enlargement or Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) may be the most common health problem in men older than 60 years.
Causes of Enlarged Prostate:
Enlargement of prostate is caused by vitiated vayu and apaana vayu.
This vitiation is caused by
-- Controlling the urge of urination
-- Controlling the urge of defecation
-- Over indulgence in sex.
-- Consuming dry food
-- Consuming very cold and less quantity of food
-- Old age
-- General weakness
Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate:
Difficulty starting urination
Dribbling of urine, especially after urinating
A sense of not emptying the bladder
Leaking of urine
More frequent urination and a strong and sudden desire to urinate, especially at night
Difficulty to control the urination urge.
Feeling a burning sensation when passing urine.
Passing urine mixed with blood (symptom of infection)
Ayurvedic Self-Care Tips for Enlarged Prostate* Avoid drinking more liquids after 6 pm to reduce the need to urinate frequently during the night.
* Drink 8 glasses of water a day to help prevent bacteria from accumulating in the bladder.
* Drink cranberry juice 4 times a day to increase the acidity of the urine, especially if you feel a urinary tract infection coming on.
* Alcohol, tobacco, coffee increase vata and vitiate it. Hence avoid alcohol, tobacco and coffee, especially after dinner.
* Avoid foods which cause constipation as constipation causes vitiation of vata.
Ayurvedic diet recommendations for Enlarged ProstateProstate enlargement is caused by an imbalance in Vata dosha, it’s important to avoid Vata-aggravating foods. These include dry, cold, and light foods and bitter, astringent, and pungent tastes. Instead, favor the Vata-pacifying diet, which includes sweet, sour, and salty tastes and warm, oily foods.
Foods like wheat, rice, milk, tomatoes, yogurt, citrus fruits are recommended, while care should be taken to minimize spicy, bitter foods and astringents like beans and apples. For pacifying vata, larger portions of food can be eaten, but not more than what can be digested easily. All dairy products are believed to balance vata dosha, but take care to consume warm milk and avoid milk after a full meal. Also spices like ginger, cumin, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, mustard seeds, black pepper apart from non-vegetarian food (except beef) and nuts are found to be good. However, all vegetables belonging to beans category except mung dhal and tofu should be avoided.
Include lots of fiber in diet ( fruits and vegetables which are rich in fiber).