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COMPLEMENTARY MEDICAL TREATMENTS FOR PROSTATE

The prostate is an organ that surrounds the neck of the bladder and the beginning of the urethra in the male. It is composed of muscular and glandular tissue surrounded by a distinct capsule. Its function is to act as an involuntary valve to the

Prostate urinary outlet and also to provide 40 per cent of the fluid in which sperm receive nutrition.

The prostate is the seat of the lowest point of energy in the male in most Eastern philosophies and therefore has a central role in the provision of energy to the system. A block or weakness in energy flow will lead to prostate disease.

Prostatism and prostate enlargement

This condition is characterized by a difficulty in passing water, frequency of urination, excessive dribbling after urination, as well as a frequent desire to pass urine. The symptoms are created by prostatic enlargement and will occur to some degree in all men over the age of 40 years. In approximately 10 per cent of cases over the age of 70 years the enlargement is so disturbing that treatment is necessary.

Prostate enlargement is primarily caused as a natural result of continually using a muscle for many years, but in some people an excess of a hormone known as DHT , which has a testosterone or masculine effect on the system, is produced in excess. This actually causes cells in the prostate to multiply. A deficiency in zinc and essential fatty acids is known to be involved in those who produce too much. Excess cholesterol is broken down and these metabolites are known to produce excess growth in the prostate and even cancerous changes.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Symptoms occurring before the age of 40 must be checked immediately by a physician, but after the age of 40 it may simply be part of the ageing process.

A sudden onset of symptoms may be caused by prostatitis .

A yearly rectal examination is a wise precaution and blood tests may be recommended if there is any doubt that this condition is benign hypertrophy.

Early symptoms of prostatism or changes noted following examination should lead to prophylactic treatment as described below.

Increase zinc-containing foods such as meat, liver, seafood , wholegrain wheat, pumpkin seeds and eggs. Organic foods are best because trace metals in agricultural chemicals may remove zinc. Certain pesticides actually increase the levels of DHT and it may be these that are responsible for the ever-increasing numbers of prostatic enlargement that we are finding nowadays. Cholesterol foods must be kept to a minimum and high cholesterol levels should be actively reduced.

Increase oily fish intake to at least three times a week by eating salmon, herring, mackerel, etc.

Remove diuretics such as caffeine, alcohol and refined sugar and replace with water. Initially symptoms will worsen as the bladder adjusts to carrying more dilute urine, but this will pass.

Specific therapy should include the following nutrients taken in divided doses per foot of height with meals: eicosapentaenoic acid , linseed oil and vitamin E . Zinc should be taken before bed at a dose of 5mg per foot of height.

The supplemental use of the following amino acids in divided doses throughout the day should be taken: gycine, glutamic acid and D,L-phenylalanine, all at 40mg per foot of height.

Try the herb Saw Palmetto and a herb called Pygeum africanum . Ginseng taken as a dried root may have a profound effect. All of these doses should be reduced as improvement occurs.

The compound Lycopene and soya proteins may be effective in dealing with prostatism as they have a strong effect in prostatitis.

The orthodox world will consider drugs known as Alpha-blockers or drugs that inhibit testosterone production since these can chemically reduce the size of the prostate. Surgery known as transurethral section of the prostate is now undertaken using sophisticated equipment but can leave the individual impotent. Use these only if the alternatives do not work.

Prostatitis

The prostate can develop inflammation through infection tracking up the urethra, through trauma or excessive sexual activity. The symptoms are that of prostatism and/or severe continual pain, often worse on passing urine. The discomfort may appear anywhere from the tip of the penis to the kidney area in the back, but most often can be pinpointed in the area between the scrotal sac and the anus.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Diagnosis should be made by a physician’s examination. The prostate will be extremely painful if pushed.

Urine and semen samples should be taken for accurate diagnosis of the infection in case an antibiotic is required. These should only be considered after alternative methods have failed because long courses are often required.

Please follow the supplemental advice given for prostatism

Over the past month, how often have you had a sensation of not emptying your bladder completely after you have finished urinating?

Over the past month, how often have you had to urinate again less than 2hr after you finished urinating?

Over the past month, how often did you find that you stopped and started again several times when you urinated?

Over the past month how difficult have you found it to postpone urination?

Over the past month, how often have you had a weak urinary strain?

Over the past month, how many times have you had to push or strain to begin urination?

Over the past month, how many times did you most typically get up to urinate from the time you went to bed at night until the time you got up in the morning? between the scrotum and the anus area, repeating the process ten times and remembering to heat up the bath water in-between.

Echinacea and Hydrastis used at three times the quantity recommended on a proprietary preparation should be administered.

Vitamin C should be added to those supplements advised in the section on prostatism.

Please note that the above recommendations may need to be taken for up to three months to avoid recurrent or chronic prostatitis.

Ginseng may be beneficial.

Prostate cancer

Cancer of the prostate is an increasingly common problem. It is possible that the increased incidence is due to better techniques of discovering cancer which is performed through a blood test for a chemical released from inflamed or cancerous prostate cells called prostate specific antigen . This blood test is often done on routine screens and whenever somebody complains of prostatism. Confirmation can be made through ultrasound and biopsy.

There is strong evidence, however, that many men develop prostate cancer and have no problems with it. Although it can be aggressive and spread to the bones and other parts of the body there is a suggestion that many do not.

Treatment is quite aggressive, using surgery, that can leave men impotent or without good bladder control, or by the use of oestrogen-like drugs that can produce side effects including breast growth and loss of libido.

RECOMMENDATIONS

See Cancer.

Discuss matters fully with an orthodox specialist in this field and question the need to do anything.

Regardless of there being symptoms, follow the supplemental recommendations under Prostatism and Prostate enlargement.

Cancer of the uterus occurs most frequently in women who have not been pregnant and we know of a sixfold increase in uterine cancers in women using HRT for more than seven years. Individuals falling into either of these categories must be checked regularly by a doctor using ultrasound, specific blood tests and complementary blood tests such as the Humoral Pathological Laboratory Test or Vega/bioresonance.

A regular visit should be made to a complementary medical practitioner who uses pulse, iridology or other alternative diagnostic techniques to spot the problem before it sets in.

RECOMMENDATIONS

See Cancer.

Do not ignore any bleed or discomfort in the lower pelvis or vagina. Obtain advice from orthodox and complementary medical practitioners.

Provided that the underlying cause of the development of a cancer is dealt with, operative procedures are often necessary and curative. In the case of a cancer of the uterus spotted early, hysterectomy may be curative and considered appropriately.

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