Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy, or simply BPH, is a commonly-occurring condition among men 45 years and older. By age 45, approximately 50 percent of all males in the United States have some degree of BPH. It is characterized by an enlarged and/or inflamed prostate gland that makes normal urination difficult. The prostate gland, which is located at the base of the bladder and surrounds the urethra, produces substances that protect and enhance the functions of sperm cells, and also helps to protect the entire genitourinary system against infection and disease.
By age seventy, 80% of all men in the U.S. experience BPH. As a result, most conventional physicians consider it to be a natural consequence of aging, a view that is disputed by practitioners of natural medicine.
The most common early signs of BPH are an increased need to urinate, especially at night. As the condition progresses, being able to urinate can become increasingly difficult, both in terms of beginning and stopping. Other symptoms include dribbling, burning sensations while urinating, and having the sensation that the bladder is not completely emptied despite recent urination. In some cases, infections of the bladder, kidneys, or prostate (prostatitis) can also occur, as can urinary incontinence, which is estimated to affect as many as three percent of all men who suffer from BPH. In certain cases, BPH can be so severe that complete urination becomes impossible, posing the risk of kidney failure.
Caution: If you experience symptoms of BPH along with any of the following symptoms—bone pain, blood in the urine, and/or inexplicable weight loss—seek prompt medical attention.
BPH is caused by the abnormal overgrowth or swelling of prostate tissue. As this occurs, eventually it begins to block the opening of the bladder, known as the urethra. One of the primary causes of prostate tissue overgrowth is changes in hormone levels, specifically a reduction in testosterone and an increase in dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a more active form of testosterone that is associated with increased risk of both BPH and prostate cancer. Because of this, many holistic physicians regard BPH as prostate cancer that is waiting to happen.
The increase in DHT is due to a hormone known as prolactin that is produced by the pituitary gland. As prolactin is secreted, it triggers activity of the enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT. Chronically excessive production of prolactin therefore can play a significant role in the onset and progression of BPH. Prolactin production is known to increase during times of emotional stress and alcohol production, particularly beer. Chronic constipation can also cause or contribute to BPH and exacerbate its symptoms.
Other factors that can cause or worsen BPH include poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins, and congestion in the lymphatic system, especially in the lymph nodes that surround the prostate gland.
Prevention is the best approach for dealing with BPH, as well as for all other male health conditions associated with the prostate and male sex organs. This includes having a regular (yearly) physical examination with both a digital rectal exam and, for men over 40, a blood test to determine your PSA (prostate specific antigen) score, which screens for signs of prostate enlargement. (Note: The PSA test is also commonly used to screen for prostate cancer, but in recent years has been found to be ineffective for this purpose, to the point where even its developer no longer recommends that it be used as a marker for prostate cancer.) Other useful diagnostic tests you can consider, depending on your symptoms, include urinalysis, ultrasound, and other blood tests that can help determine you immune status. Hormone testing should also be considered for all men over 40 years old.
Other preventive measures include eating a healthy diet, proper nutritional supplementation, and regular (at least three times per week) exercise. In addition, practice safe sex, using a condom to avoid infection.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. The section Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.
Invest in a shower filter, as it is important to avoid heavy metals and pesticide residues being absorbed into the skin. Go towww.ewaterdeal.com for a recommended shower filter attachment.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
- Avoid foods that are high in unhealthy saturated fats and low in fiber.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, simple carbohydrates, sugars and sugar products, hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated fats and oils, margarine, shortening, and all processed and commercial “junk” food.
- Instead, emphasize a diet of organic whole foods, with plenty of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, oats, whole grains, nuts and seeds, especially pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
- Minimize your intake of red meat, but be sure to consume adequate amounts of organic, free-range poultry and wild-caught fish.
- Throughout the day, also drink plenty of pure, filtered water, and avoid drinking—as well as bathing, and showering in—unfiltered tap water, because tap water contains heavy metals and pesticide residues that can settle in high concentrations in the prostate gland, causing a variety of prostate problems.
- Also avoid foods that are overly spicy.
To avoid adding further toxicity to your system also adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day: -for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- Useful nutrients for treating and preventing BPH include vitamin B3 (niacin), B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.
- The amino acid L-arginine is also recommended, as are alpha-lipoic acid and a trace mineral formula, evening primrose oil, and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Garlic capsules, acidophilus, and hydrochloric acid (HCl) can also be helpful, as can Wobenzyme, to help protect against inflammation.
- Other helpful nutrients include the amino acids alanine, glutamic acid, and glycine, as well as beta-sitosterol.
- Glandular therapy can also help to significantly relieve prostate problems. Extracts of bovine (cattle) or porcine (pig) prostatic tissue taken orally or administered intramuscularly provides essential nutrients and growth factors to the gland. Glandular therapy can also help protect against circulating auto-antibodies caused by infection and diminished immune function.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription drugs are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr. Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Your practitioner may suggest herbs such as Ashwagandha, Gokshuraand Triphala to relieve symptoms. A daily castor oil massage of the prostate as well as yoga positions may also be recommended.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
TCM practitioners consider prostate problems to be caused by a combination of stress, nutritional deficiencies, low hormone levels, and diminished kidney function. To resolve such problems, they recommend a treatment program that includes Acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbs, such as ginseng and lotus seed, meditation, and Tai chi and Qigong.
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
The following essential oils can help to reduce symptoms of BPH: bergamot, chamomile, sandalwood, and tea tree oil. A few drops of the oils can be added to bath water and stirred well then enjoyed for a minimum of 15 minutes to allow the oils to penetrate into the skin.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Apis mellifica, causticum, chiaphilla umbellate, clematis, lycopodium, pulsatilla, and thuja.
Useful herbs for preventing and treating BPH include saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), Pygeum africanum, and nettle root (Urtica diocia). Milk thistle can also be effective because of its ability to detoxify the liver and improve hormone balance.
Lifestyle: Be sure to exercise regularly, at least three times a week for 30 minutes each time. Avoid bicycling, however, as this can place pressure on the prostate gland.
Also take care to properly manage stress and reduce your overall stress levels.
Engaging in regular sex (two to four times a week) with your partner can also be helpful, as sex helps to reduce the buildup of pressure on the prostate. If you don`t have a sex partner, masturbation can also help.
Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy (NHRT): NHRT can often quickly resolve prostate problems related to hormone deficiencies and imbalances. The most commonly used hormone for this purpose is natural testosterone, which works not only to improve prostate problems, but can also help to enhance sexual mood and protect against impotence.
NHRT should only be undertaken under the supervision of a physician trained in its use. Such practitioners will first assess your testosterone levels, as well as other hormones, using either a hormone blood or saliva test. Testosterone can then be boosted, if necessary, by weekly or biweekly injections of either testosterone cypionate (weekly) or testosterone enanthate (biweekly) until your testosterone levels are restored to those of a healthy 30 year-old male. Testosterone patches and oral lozenges can also be used in place of injections. Many holistic practitioners recommended testosterone skin creams (transdermal creams) as the best treatment option, due to the fact that is appears to be the safest approach and least likely to cause side effects.
Progesterone creams have also proved very effective. John R. Lee, M.D. was an international authority and pioneer in the use of natural progesterone cream and natural hormone balance (see link in books and link section below for more on this).
Note: Should you choose to explore testosterone replacement therapy, be sure that your physician regularly monitors your PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels to safeguard yourself against BPH and prostate cancer. You should also be screened for liver toxicity, as well as high blood pressure and elevated red blood cell counts, testicle shrinkage, and gynecomastia (abnormal mammary glands in men) during the course of your treatment. In addition, men receiving testosterone replacement therapy are advised to also supplement with the herb saw palmetto, to help ensure that testosterone does not get converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which can lead to prostate cancer, as well as other health problems.
Flower Essences: Crab Apple and Pine can both be useful for men with prostate problems.
Juice Therapy: Combine red cabbage, celery, and lettuce juice, and drink 8 ounces twice a day.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Alternative Professional Care
Other useful therapies for preventing and treating BPH include Acupressure, Biofeedback Training and Neurotherapy, Bodywork (Feldenkrais Method, Reflexology, Shiatsu), Chelation Therapy (to improve overall circulation and detoxify heavy metals), Chiropractic, Detoxification Therapy, Energy Medicine (Light Beam Generator, Ondamed), Guided Imagery and Visualization, Magnet Therapy, Mind/Body Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
Ayurvedic approach to BPH www.alandiashram.org/school/school_html/reviews/hyperplasia.html
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Saw Palmetto, Pumpkin seed oil Prostate Oil Treatment BPH symptoms www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dg0THKpp80&feature=related
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Saw Palmetto shrinks prostate www.herbs.org/current/sawshrink.html
Further Information (links and books)
Dr. John Lee’s Hormone Balance Made Simple by John R. Lee, M.D. and Virginia Hopkins
Prostate Health In 90 Days: Without Drugs or Surgery: Cure Your Prostate Now Without Drugs or Surgery by Larry Clapp.
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – Aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – Organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – Meditation, stress
Judith Hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – Herbalist.
Kath May email@example.com – Reiki, Tai Chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika email@example.com – Aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic practitioner.