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Natural Remedies for An Enlarged Prostate

     Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. When males hit puberty their prostate doubles in size and continues to enlarge as time goes by. According to the Urology Care Foundation (www.urologycare.org), BPH is common in the aging population and about half of all men between the ages of 51 and 60 have BPH and 90% of men over age 80 do. If the prostate enlarges considerably, it will put pressure on the urethra, restricting urine flow and causing urine retention in the bladder. As time goes on BPH can weaken the bladder and kidney due to urine retention. BPH does not necessarily lead to cancer and it may be present with a modest PSA reading (prostate specific antigen). The PSA is a measurement of a protein that the prostate produces. The higher the number the more concern there is for cancer however, a high PSA may be related to BPH, a prostate or bladder infection.

     BPH can be related to normal aging, however an early enlargement of the prostate can be linked to a number of things such as mineral deficiencies, hormone imbalances, poor diet, stress and celibacy. In the clinic nutritional deficiencies and dietary factors are a common cause of BPH. Emphasis on a healthy whole food diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and moderate amounts of whole grains, legumes and lean proteins is recommended. Keeping blood sugar stable helps health in general and benefits BPH symptoms. Other lifestyle factors such as a healthy, normal waistline and physical activity are promoted. One mineral in particular, zinc, is very important and used in every cell in the body. It is one of the most common deficiencies in both men and women. Other lifestyle factors that influence BPH negatively are high stress and unhappiness. Often grief, loss of a partner or an unhappy married life can influence health negatively. Another risk factor for BPH is infrequent prostatic fluid emissions. Just like women’s flow or perspiration, it releases toxins. The proverbial, use it or lose it saying applies here. Another negative influence on BPH can be toxic mineral exposure, for example, lead from smoking (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4096659/) or other toxic metals like arsenic, cadmium, copper and mercury. In BPH cases we often support other organs such as the liver, intestines, lymph, kidneys and bladder. This indirectly supports the prostate by reducing toxins by increasing organ elimination and function, In these cases gentle homeopathic drainage remedies are used depending on the case.

     Mother tinctures are herbal preparations that are often used in homeopathic prescribing. They are herbal remedies so they may have side effects as opposed to homeopathic remedies however, if prescribed properly they should have minimal side effects compared to prescription drugs. Please consult your pharmacist for contraindications. Here are just a few common mother tinctures.

     Urtica Urens mother tincture helps promote urine flow and eases swelling from water retention. It is also useful in allergies, gout and hives.

     Sabal Serrata is a low growing herb in coastal regions. Years ago herbalist Andrew Chevallier named Sabal the “plant catheter”. The herb or plant is much better to use than the berries. It helps with drawing pains due to BPH and urine back up. This herb also helps to detoxify testosterone, which helps BPH.

     Chimaphila Umbellica mother tincture is helpful when there is a sensation of a ball in the perineum, with urine retention. These types may also have diabetic tendencies. They have acute swelling and inflammation of the prostate.

     Pareria Brava is a remedy made from a vine that helps with the sensation of an enlarged bladder with pains. They may feel a constant urging to pass urine and they have to strain which is quite painful. These types may have to get into an odd kneeling position to make flow come.

     Solidago is made from Goldenrod and is used when the prostate affects the kidneys. They may develop pain that runs down the legs. Urination may be difficult and there may be water retention.

     Homeopathy is a medicine that is suited to one’s unique symptom picture, so two people suffering with symptoms of BPH may require different remedies according to their symptoms. Homeopathic medicine in a potency higher than 6CH does not carry any side effects. In my clinic I find the best responses are with homeopathic medicines, not with herbs, drugs or vitamins. There are many remedies for symptoms of BPH but here are a few that are most commonly indicated:

Baryta Carb is a remedy that is useful for BPH in the elderly. These types tend to have a poor memory, dribbling long after urination and diminished sexual capacity.  

Conium is a great remedy for those with an enlarged and hardened prostate. They have a heavy feeling there. These types may develop BPH after a loss of their significant other.

Thuja is a remedy for an enlarged and inflamed prostate. It can happen after a suppressed STD. They may have a forked stream of urine due to dried mucous in the urethra.      

   As you can see homeopathic medicine is very individualized and two people may get different remedies depending on their unique symptom picture. BPH does take time to heal, it is not a quick fix and professional homeopathic help is recommended. In an ideal world, everyone would have access to a homeopath and a medical doctor and they don’t disparage the other person’s treatment. This way the patient can have the best of both worlds.