Enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a condition found in men which causes the prostate gland to swell. The gland then pushes against and pinches the urethra, and when this happens, the bladder walls become thicker. With time the bladder can lose the ability to empty completely, causing urinary retention.
A 2010 study revealed that about 14 million men in the United States experience lower urinary tract symptoms that suggest the presence of BPH, such as: (1)
- Pain after/during urination or ejaculation
- Accidental loss of urine
- Urinating more than eight times a day
- The inability to delay urination
- Difficulty commencing urination, and/or having the stream be interrupted or weak
- Frequent urinating at night
- Unusual urine smell or color
- Urinary incontinence
- Urine retention (2)
What is Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA)?
PSA is a protein made by tissue in the prostate, which can be cancerous or noncancerous. PSA is mostly found in semen as well as circulating in the blood in small amounts. PSA levels are a good indicator of issues affecting the prostate, such as BPH or prostate cancer.
A PSA test involves taking blood and sending it to a lab for analysis, so results can take several days. Analyzing the results is a complex process, just as unique as the patient himself, which makes it tough to designate a “normal” reading. However, it is commonly understood that higher levels of PSA often indicate prostate issues like prostate cancer or BPH. (3)
As I have seen in my practice, many of my patients with BPH symptoms experience much pain and discomfort. To bring relief to those affected by this condition, I made this list of helpful ways to reduce an enlarged prostate and lower PSA levels naturally.
3 Ways To Naturally Manage BPH Symptoms and Lower PSA Levels
Medication and surgery are among the conventional approaches to treat BPH. The latter aims to remove enlarged prostate tissues by performing:
- Open prostatectomy
- Laser surgery
- TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate)
- TUIP (transurethral incision of the prostate)
Surgery is something that most patients would like to avoid if possible. For those looking for another option besides medication and surgery to improve prostate healing, I can recommend the following:
1. Lymph Stim For Prostate Healing
Activating your lymphatic system is vital when it comes to eliminating waste products in your body. The lymphatic system helps protect us from infection and disease, and it is an essential part of our immune system. Lymph Stim provides homeopathic support to your body by stimulating the lymphatic system. My recommended therapeutic dosage for Lymph Stim is 40 drops four times a day.
As a result of incorporating Lymph Stim as part of their treatment to manage symptoms of an enlarged prostate, one of the most important benefits my patients have seen is improvements in their sleep. They finally can sleep through the night because they can ease the full bladder sensation, allowing their bodies to fully rest and restore.
2. T-Relief Gel For Prostate Healing
Another homeopathic aid that I recommend is T-Relief, either in gel or cream presentation. T-Relief is a plant power pain relief. Its blend of 13 natural ingredients such as arnica, calendula, echinacea, and hypericum g effectively reduces swelling, motivates the lymphatic system, and decreases pain.
3. Dry Skin Brushing for Prostate Healing
The lymphatic system forms part of the vascular system, which is a vital part of the immune system. It is formed by lymphatic vessels, organs, lymph ducts, and lymph nodes. There are about 600 lymph nodes in the body, which get swollen as a response to infection due to bacteria, lymph fluid build-up or other organisms
The widespread lymphatic vessels network from the lymphatic system moves through almost all our tissues allowing the flow of lymph fluid, which flows from the major nodes (located in the neck, underarms, and the groin area) towards the heart. Lymph fluid is a clear-to-white fluid made of mainly lymphocytes and white cells that attack bacteria present in the blood. And chyle, a fluid found in the intestines that contain proteins and fats.
Dry brushing can flush harmful toxins and stimulate the lymphatic system by encouraging lymph fluid to flow. This dry brushing technique can help to decrease inflammation of the enlarged prostate. Lymphatic congestion due to the excess fluid triggers the swelling of the prostate gland.
It is essential to reduce inflammation as a way to alleviate the pain and discomfort. Reducing inflammation of the prostate will take the pressure out of the urethra and the bladder resulting in better urine flow .
Dry brushing to help reduce inflammation in the prostate is performed around the abdominal area and lower pelvic region. The dry brushing should be performed on dry skin with a dry bristle brush. This procedure will take about 5 to 7 minutes and is more effective if performed on a daily basis. After getting a natural vegetable bristle brush, you can proceed to do the dry skin brushing as follows:
Start brushing in circles around your belly button, from the left to right hip. You can start with small circles and slowly and gradually start making the circles more prominent, covering the whole abdominal area. Perform this step for about two minutes.
Then, gently brush from the belly button towards the groin area. The brushing does not need to be vigorous. What is beneficial is invigorating the lymph by the movement and direction of the brushing. When brushing the lower pelvic area, you activate about 20 to 30 nodes located there.
These lymph nodes can help to drain the prostate, bladder and reproductive organs. At the same time, it is draining your gastrointestinal tract, which is an added benefit. In this step, you want to sweep from the belly button down to the groin area for at least one minute on each side.
Lastly, brush within the groin area. Do this step for about 30 seconds on each side, applying small sweeping movements.
By knowing some basic ways to help alleviate the discomfort of a swollen prostate, and even how to improve prostate health, you’ll be one step ahead of the game in the quest to minimize the effects of aging. Want to learn more? Purchase my ultimate guide to prostate healing here.