Join Now!      Login

Whole Person Wellness Program Wellness Model
Skip Navigation Links
Health Centers
Key Services
Vitamin D Poll
Are you currently taking a Vitamin D supplement?

 Integrative Medicine: Optimal Prostate Health With Natural Medicine 
Men and hormonal changes? Yes, the times are changing in the field of men's health. "Prostate" is now a household word when barely a decade ago men didn't even know they had one. And the notion that a man may also experience "hormonal changes" is new to many of us. Considering the countless number of men who complain about prostate problems, it is time rethink the subject and consider the facts.

The Prostate and Hormonal Changes
The truth is, around the age of 40, testosterone levels begin to decline in men. Although not as significant and all-encompassing as the hormonal changes women experience during menopause, it does have some definite effects. And they are not all positive! As testosterone levels decline, there is also an increase in one of its metabolites, called dihydrotestosterone. This hormone causes overproduction (called hyperplasia) of cells within the prostate gland, which ultimately result in enlargement of these tissues.

Benign Prostate Hyperplasia -- BPH
This process is called benign prostatic hyperplasia or benign prostatic hypertrophy-- often simply called BPH. Because the prostate sits beneath the bladder, when inflamed it may put pressure on the urethra, creating a variety of uncomfortable urinary complaints. Quite simply, the enlarged prostate obstructs the flow of urine. This results in symptoms of incomplete emptying of the bladder, dribbling, difficulty starting urination, reduced force of the stream, frequent urination of small amounts, and sometimes the inability to urinate at all.

The data varies, but BPH interferes with the urinary system to some degree in up to 80% of men over the age of 60. It is reported that at least 50% of men over the age of 45 have some prostate enlargement, whether it is accompanied by symptoms or not. These numbers characterize benign prostatic hyperplasia as an "epidemic" rather than an isolated health concern that is troublesome to a small group of men.

Other Prostate Conditions
A secondary health problem often associated with BPH is actual infection in the prostate gland. Incomplete emptying causes "stagnation" in the bladder, which sometimes results in a bacterial infection. However, in only 5% of the cases can an identifiable bacteria be cultured from the prostatic fluids.

Cancer of the prostate also needs to be mentioned. This year the American Cancer Society estimates that 165,000 men in the US will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 35,000 will die of it. Presently, the only malignancy killing more men is lung cancer. The overall incidence has soared 39% since 1973. However, prostate cancer is rare before the age of 50. It occurs in at least 50% of men who live to be 80 and beyond, the average age of diagnosis being 73. And men who are over 65, African-American, or whose fathers had prostate cancer are at greatest risk for developing it (1).

Western Treatment
The purpose of this article is to focus on the treatment and prevention of BPH rather than cancer of the prostate. Conservative measures for an enlarged prostate include prostatic massage and reducing or eliminating coffee and alcohol. Antibiotics are frequently prescribed whether an identifiable pathogen is present or not. And surgery is considered in some of the more serious cases of prostate enlargement, as well as for some individuals with cancer.

CONTINUED    1  2  3  4  Next   
 Comments Add your comment 

 About The Author
Janet Zand LAc, OMDJANET ZAND, O.M.D., L.Ac. is a nationally respected author, lecturer, practitioner and herbal products formulator whose work has helped thousands of people achieve better health....more
 From Our Friends
Popular & Related Products
Popular & Featured Events
2019 National Wellness Conference
     October 1-3, 2019
     Kissimmee, FL USA
Additional Calendar Links
Dimensions of Wellness
Wellness, Self Responsibility, Love, dimension!

Home       Wellness       Health A-Z       Alternative Therapies       Wellness Inventory       Wellness Center
Healthy Kitchen       Healthy Woman       Healthy Man       Healthy Child       Healthy Aging       Nutrition Center       Fitness Center
Discount Lab Tests      First Aid      Global Health Calendar      Privacy Policy     Contact Us
Disclaimer: The information provided on HealthWorld Online is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Are you ready to embark on a personal wellness journey with our whole person approach?
Learn More/Subscribe
Are you looking to create or enhance a culture of wellness in your organization?
Learn More
Do you want to become a wellness coach?
Learn More
Free Webinar