The prostate gland, located below the urinary bladder, is necessary for the nourishment of sperms. Prostate enlargement or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is often caused by hormonal imbalances although infections, inflammation, and cancer could also be responsible.
The enlarged prostate presses upwards into the urinary bladder and also narrows the urethra, the tube through which urine passes out from the bladder. This causes retention of some residual urine in the bladder even after urination, which becomes a breeding ground for bacteria giving rise to recurrent infections. Such patients may have to wake up often at night to urinate, thereby disturbing their sleep. In severe cases, there may be complete obstruction to urinary flow. In this case, hospitalization may be needed and a catheter may have to be inserted to drain the urine.
Usually diagnosed by a rectal examination and by ultrasonography, it is wise to also test the Prostatic Specific Antigen (PSA) level every 6 months in patients with Prostate enlargement (BPH) to rule out development of prostate cancer. If abnormal values are detected, surgery is advisable. In advanced cases, renal function tests may also be needed to assess the amount of damage to the kidneys.
Patients with Prostate enlargement (BPH) should restrict their fluid intake a few hours before going to sleep so that they don’t need to wake up frequently to pass urine at night. Homeopathy manages the symptoms of BPH, avoiding surgery in many cases. BPH is caused by an increase in the levels of a hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Homeopathic remedies like Thuja and Sabal serrulata have been proved to act as DHT-inhibitors and have therefore been found to be very effective in the treatment of prostatic enlargement.
Article by Dr. Mukesh Batra
L.C.E.H., F.H.M.A. (U.K.), F.R.S.H. (Med) P.(Lon), M.D.H. (U.S.A.), F.B.I.H.(U.K.)
Published in Hindustan Times on 3 October 2009