Looking for alternative treatment for enlarged prostate? Most men will have enlarged prostate issues as they age. There are several types of alternative treatments for enlarged prostate. Making some lifestyle changes may alleviate symptoms. Read on to learn more about enlarged prostate problems and possible alternative treatments.
About the prostrate gland:
The prostate gland is normally about the size of a walnut. It produces the liquid carrier for sperm. The urethra is surrounded by the prostate. The urethra carries urine out of the body. When the prostate becomes enlarged, urinary function can be hampered. As long as the prostate is not cancerous, alternative treatment and lifestyle changes may alleviate symptoms associated with enlarged prostate.
The symptoms of an enlarged prostate are related to urinary function.
If you have an enlarged prostate you may want alternative treatment to lessen the severity of these annoying symptoms. You may notice difficulty in urinating. The urine stream may be slow or stop and start again. There may be a burning sensation or blood in the urine if an infection has occurred.
If you think you may have an enlarged prostate, consult a physician right away.
Your doctor can rule out cancer and recommend conventional and alternative treatment options. Some alternative treatments for enlarged prostate can alter cancer screening test results. Therefore cancer should be ruled out before adding any herbs or supplements to the diet.
Lifestyle changes may help alleviate symptoms.
Alternative treatments can be used along with conventional medicine to keep uncomfortable enlarged prostate symptoms under control. Here are some alternative treatments involving lifestyle changes you can try for enlarged prostate.
Use the restroom frequently.
Keeping the bladder empty is one of the best alternative treatment solutions for prostate issues. Go to the restroom as soon as you feel the urge. Do not hold your urine. Try to use the restroom once every two hours, whether you feel the urgent need to go or not. Keeping the bladder empty takes pressure off the prostate.
Drink small amounts of water at a time.
Rather than drinking a full glass of water at a time, drink small amounts of water but more frequently. This cuts down on the amount of fluid to be eliminated at once. The less fluid, the less pressure on the prostate.
Exercise may help considerably.
Inactivity can aggravate enlarged prostate symptoms. Don't sit in the house to avoid the cold, even though cold may worsen symptoms. Bundle up to stay warm and dry, then get out there and get some exercise and sun. Keep the circulation going as an alternative treatment for prostate problems.
Stay away from alcoholic beverages. Caffeine can be an issue as well. These two things are diuretics and may increase the need to urinate. Decongestants and antihistamines can aggravate an enlarged prostate. If you have a cold, use alternative medicines for treatment.
Saw Palmetto is the most widely accepted alternative treatment for an enlarged prostate.
A supplement containing saw palmetto is made from the berries of this plant. Saw palmetto can reduce inflammation as a natural treatment for enlarged prostate. Saw palmetto can be purchased in supplement form at most health food stores and some supermarkets as well.
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