Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP) or commonly known as enlarged prostate is a disorder that usually affects men at the age of 50 and older. However, there are no reasons to panic because BHP is rather different from prostate cancer.
The prostate is a gland with a size of a walnut and it is a part of the male reproductive system. Located beneath the urinary bladder and in front of the rectum. The main function of the prostate is to make some of the fluid that nourishes and protects sprem cells in the semen.
As men get older, the cells of the gland tend tu multiply which results in enlarged prostate. Eventhough the exact cause is still unknown, changes in male sex hormones with age may be a factor.
Here are top 5 home remedies for this problem:
Instead of using medications, people should start using corn silk because it acts as natural diuretic which has the ability to relax the urinary muscles and lining. As a results, it improves the urine flow.
All you have to do is to pour 4 cups of water in a pot and then add the silk of 6 ears of fresh corn in it. Once it starts to boil, allow it to simmer for another 10 minutes. In the end, strain the mixture and you can drink 3 cups of this corn silk tea on a daily basis.
You can also add 15 drops corn silk extract to 1 cup of water and drink it several times a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The consumption of ACV will help you a lot when it comes to enlarged prostate because it has astringent properties that help shrink swollen prostate glands. Moreover, it aids weight loss and helps prevent complications of enlarged prostate like UTIs.
You just have to mix 1-2 tbsp of raw, unfiltered ACV in a glass of warm water and add 1 tbsp of honey. Drink this beverage twice daily.
Another solution is to add 1 cup of ACV to a bathtub of water and soak in it for 10 to 15 minutes. Enjoy this soothing bath a few times a week.
A contrast sitz bath is a soothing and effective remedy for enlarged prostate because it will help you relax the pelvic muscles, reduce swelling and promote healing. On the other hand, the cold bath will ease the pain.
- First of all, fill your bathtub with warm water and add half a cup of Epsom salt to it.
- After that, fill another bathtub with cold water and add several drops of lavender essential oil to it.
- You should first sit in the bathtub with hot water up to your waist and sit there for 3 minutes.
- Then, sit in the bathtub with cold water and stay for 1 minute.
- Do this 2 more times. The last bath should always be in the cool water.
- Enjoy a sitz bath a few times each week.
Note:Do not follow this remedy if you have acute bacterial prostatitis.
Rye Grass Pollen Extract
Three types of grass pollen are used in the preparation of rye grass pollen extracs – rye, timothy and corn. A review of study was published in BJU International which says that men who were taking rye grass pollen extracts has improvement in their symptoms compared to those who were taking a placebo.
This extract is able to help you prevent the need to get up during the night and use the bathroom. It can also help men urinate more completely, so there is less urine left in the bladder afterwards.
Its root contains essential bioactive phytochemicals that helo shrink prostate tissue so it can lessen BHP symptoms. It can also be used to encourage the elimination of inflammatory wastes through urination because it is a natural diuretic.
All you have to do is to add 1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaves in a cup of hot water, steep for 10 minutes and then strain it. You should drink this tea 2-3 times on a daily basis.
Another solution is to take a stinging nettle supplement. The usual amount is 300 mg daily. However, you should first consult a doctor before taking a supplement for the correct dosage for your condition.