The prostate is a sex gland of the male species, and a part of their reproductive system. It is about the size of a walnut, and releases its secretions outside its source. This gland is also prone to developing problems, one of its problems being termed as benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
When the prostate becomes enlarged, it leads to a medical condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia. Almost all men, as they begin to age, develop this problem.
This gland surrounds a tube that takes urine produced from the bladder to the outside of the body. This tube is known as the urethra. Hence, when the prostate begins to enlarge, this tube becomes squeezed between, even blocking part of the urethra, something that can cause difficulty in urinating.
The enlargement is not due to any cancerous growth happening within, and is not considered to be a serious problem; but, it definitely is an annoying problem. It is mostly linked to hormonal changes happening due to ageing, as well as in the pattern of cell growth.
Unless there is a severe blockage in urine passage, causing infections or stone formation, this medical condition will not require any standard methods of treatment. Home remedies are generally sufficient to control its symptoms. Following are some natural remedial methods mentioned to aid in symptom control.
Home Cures For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Since one of its symptoms is decrease in the ability to fully void urine, it is recommended that these sufferers avoid natural diuretics like coffee and alcohol. These substances will only encourage them to urinate more often in an attempt to get rid of water from their body.
Getting overworked about the impending symptoms of BPH while about to urinate, can actually aggravate the problem. Thus, the individual should learn to relax before they attempt to pass urine. Also, they should consciously train themselves to double void, wherein they try and urinate as much as possible in the first attempt, then relax for a couple of minutes, before ‘going’ again.
Holding urine in fear of experiencing symptoms should also not be followed. This can actually damage the urinary bladder. And retaining urine for too long can allow infections to set in, which will only worsen their problem.
The person needs to relax and take as much time is needed to completely eliminate urine. Turn on a faucet, while using the washroom for ‘relieving’, for the sound of running water may encourage the urine to flow out in a better manner.
And most importantly, because difficulty in urination is the main symptom of this problem, sufferers tend to limit their water consumption, which is not advised. This could lead to dehydration problems. Instead, their water intake should be kept normal throughout the day, and can be decreased towards bedtime, so that they get undisturbed sleep. In fact, the person should avoid having any form of liquids an hour before retiring to bed.
They should keep themselves warm during cold climatic conditions, for cold temperatures tend to increase the frequency of urination.
If the problem is really severe, the person should seek professional help as soon as possible.