(r) Prostate Problems
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)—also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy—is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that occurs in almost all men as they age. The enlargement is usually harmless, but it often results in problems urinating. About half of all men over 50 experience some symptoms usually-
• a hesitant, interrupted, weak stream
• urgency and leaking or dribbling
• more frequent urination, especially at night
These conditions, if left untreated, could lead to more serious conditions such as prostate cancer, urine retention, urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney damage, bladder stones, and incontinence. BPH according to Chinese Medicine is categorized into diseases relating to urination. Historically there was no mention of an enlarged prostate. The ancient Chinese had no way of knowing that a man’s prostate was enlarged, but they were aware of the symptoms it caused. These symptoms of frequent night time urination, painful urination, and difficult urination were observed and thus categorized as disease categories, which are used today to diagnose and treat BPH.
Throughout Chinese history men have dominated society. As this is an unfortunate reality it has also lead Chinese Medicine to be able to focus its medical knowledge on treating men’s health and longevity. As far back as the Yellow Emperor’s reign many classical texts were devoted to increasing men’s health. Although centuries have past since the Yellow Emperor began inquiring about health and wellness, men today still look for various ways to stay healthy.
Just being tested for prostate cancer is no guarantee that you have it, there is now a lot of controversary about the effectiveness of the PSA test for prostate cancer. Richard Ablin of the University of Arizona said the screening tool he discovered four decades ago now costs too much and is ineffective.
One in eight men screened for prostate cancer will test positive when they do not have the disease, a major European trial has shown.
A positive result can mean undergoing invasive tests such as biopsy as well as potentially unnecessary treatment.
Some foods that nourish and increase prostate health are tomato products, which contain bioactive lycopene, a carotenoid that has been shown to decrease prostate cancer risk in numerous studies. Good sources of bioactive lycopene are cooked tomatoes (not raw) tomato juice, tomato sauce and watermelon. The prostate-friendly carotenoid, lutein comes from green, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, as well as from egg yolks. A multivitamin containing lutein is also a good source. Pumpkin seeds are also very beneficial to the prostate but never eat them raw they must be dry roasted on a frying pan until they become golden brown.. Saw palmetto a Native American herb is highly recommended in the treatment of BPH. Saw palmetto is a herb that has been shown in clinical studies to have an important role in maintaining a healthy prostate. At least three rigorous clinical trials have confirmed Saw Palmetto’s ability to remedy urinary difficulties. In one comparative trial, it proved equal to the prescription drug Proscar as a source of symptomatic relief. Selenium has also been shown to reduce the incidence of prostate cancer in subjects taking 200 micrograms of selenium per day for 5 years.
The Chinese herbal formula Qian Lie Kang Pian is an excellent formula for treating enlargement of the prostate. It is also used as a healthcare herb for anti-aging and anti-tiredness.
According to Chinese medicine the kidneys are the focus of treatment as it has a close connection with urinary function. According to Chinese Medicine the kidneys govern the opening and closing. This function corresponds to urinary incontinence as well as premature ejaculation. Both of these functions depend upon the kidneys strength and control to govern these functions properly. If this ability is weakened someone might experience frequent urination, dribbling, or incontinence. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can improve the Qi (energy) and blood of kidney, clean up the urination, and relieve the pain. The successful rate of treating BPH in early stage by Chinese herbal medicine and Acupuncture is very high. Men over 50 should have regular acupuncture treatments to prevent prostate problems occurring in the first place.