Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition which causes a man’s prostrate gland to enlarge and get bigger. Men 40 years and over are the ones susceptible to an enlarged prostrate gland.
The prostrate gland shaped similar to a walnut is found around the urethra and is a vital organ for it produces a fluid that helps to nourish sperm. The urethra is like a tube through which urine from the bladder is sent to the penis. When the prostrate gland gets bigger it puts pressure on the urethra squeezing it and making it narrow. This in turn makes it difficult to pass urine effectively.
An enlarged prostrate gland can cause urinary tract infections leading to bladder and kidney damage.
Men over 40 are advised to have a prostrate examination done annually to detect if they may be suffering from an enlarged prostrate gland.
So how is a prostate examination done?
A digital rectal exam – also known as DRE is one type of prostrate examination where the doctor wears a rubber glove and inserts a finger into the rectum. Using the same finger he searches for the prostrate gland and checks it to verify if there are any abnormalities in the gland such as lumps etc.
Blood Test Examination – prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein secreted by the prostrate gland into the blood. Increase levels of PSA in the blood is a sign of an enlarged prostrate gland. By doing a PSA blood test the doctor can detect whether or not the prostrate gland is enlarged.
By doing a colonoscopy test – A colonoscopy test involves inserting a colonoscope ( thin flexible tube with a tiny camera attached to it) into the rectum to view the colon and intestines. It is also a method used to check the prostrate gland.
Listed below are some popular home remedies used for the treatment of an enlarged prostrate gland.
Pumpkin seeds for an enlarged prostate
Take 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds and partially crush it. Put the crushed seeds into a glass bowl. Pour 2 cups of boiling water into it. Allow to completely cool and then strain and drink. Drink the pumpkin tea once a day for 7 to 10 days.
Watermelon seeds for an enlarged prostrate gland
Take 2 tablespoons pf watermelon seeds and partially crush it. Put the crushed seeds into a glass bowl. Pour 2 cups of boiling water into it. Allow to completely cool and then strain and drink. Drink the watermelon tea once a day for ten days.
Corn silk for an enlarged prostrate
Take 6 ears of corn and remove the corn silk from it. Place the corn silk in a glass bowl with 4 cups of boiling water. Allow to completely cool and then strain and drink. Drink the corn silk tea three times a week for best results.