Most of us have concerns over taking pharmaceutical medications for conditions such as BPH.
You’re not going to find many that don’t come with some type of side-effect.
Usually the medication’s packaging is so large just to enable the drug companies to list the many side-effects associated with their products.
Most side effects are mild but some are equal or worse than BPH itself.
The choice can be a difficult one for those in desperate need of relief.
Natural treatments such as Ayurvedic medicines are available but they are not as easily found.
Natural treatments are just as effective and don’t come with the long list of potential complications.
Pharmaceutical companies have large marketing budgets due to the high profit margins of their products. Natural treatments on the other hand don’t because its difficult to profit from nature.
An updated research paper by Shrivastava A on the study of alternative treatments for BPH was published in the Journal of Midlife Health in 2012.
The paper listed numerous alternative treatments including Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of an enlarged prostate including the many different herbs, plants and spices that can used:
BPH and ayurveda
Ayurveda describes two conditions known as mootrakruchra and mootraaghaata, which coincide with the symptoms of prostatism. Mootrakruchra or strangury is characterized by severe pain in passing urine whereas in mootraaghaata, there is total suppression or intermittent flow of urine during urination.
Natural therapies have a long history of use in our country to support optimal prostate health. Gokshura (gokhru), whose botanical name is Tribulus terrestris, has been traditionally used in treating urogenital conditions. Take two teaspoons of the fruit, grind coarsely, and bring to a boil in two cups of water until about half the water remains. Take a cup of this. You can also take it along with sugar and milk if you prefer. Gokshura may also be brought to a boil in milk. Similarly, two other botanicals deserve mention here. Both varuna (Crataeva religiosa) and punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) have been shown to be effective for symptoms of BPH. In different clinical trials, both these have shown significant anti-inflammatory effect, especially pertaining to genitourinary tract. Read more …
Ayurvedic medicine can be a complex subject and it’s treatments should be administered by someone who has experience and an in-depth knowledge of the subject.
One of the most potent Ayurvedic medicines is ‘Chandraprabha Vati’. This medicine can give BPH sufferers relief from most of the uncomfortable symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
www.ayurtimes.com gives an in depth description of the common Ayurvedic medicines including ‘Chandraprabha Vati’:
Chandraprabha Vati is also the main medicine for the prostate. It should always be included regardless the dosha predominance. It reduces urinary discomfort, frequency of urination, nocturia (frequent urination at night) and all other symptoms listed above in this article. Furthermore, it is likely to stop the progress of the disease. It is Rasayana Medicine for men as they become old. It also prevents prostate enlargement in men when taken regularly for Rasayana purposes. It is also beneficial in prostate cancer.
Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris)
Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris) is indicated if the patient has associated pitta symptoms like burning sensation in the urine or blood in urine. It improves the overall health of the urinary system and male reproductive system. In pitta cases where Varun cannot be given, it can be used meanwhile. Then Varun can be included when pitta condition is cured.
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)
As in Pitta condition, Gokshura should be included in the treatment of BPH; Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) should be included in cases of Vata aggravation conditions. It is also beneficial in prostate cancer.
Ayurvedic treatment for an enlarged prostate calls upon three Dosha’s, Humors or mind body types.
These Dosha’s are based on the five elements.
Health in Ayurveda is based upon the balance of mind, body and the environment. Building a life that’s centred around your specific mind body type ensures happiness and health.
The specific Ayurvedic treatment for an enlarged prostate is called Varun (Crataeva Nurvala). It’s critical that you see an experienced practitioner beforehand as you may have issues in other Ayurvedic Dosha’s that would need to be teated first.
In many cases, using Varun when there are issues with other Dosha’s can cause more damage to that specific Dosha.
Other effective Ayurvedic medicines for benign prostatic hyperplasia are:
- Chandraprabha Vati
- Varanadi Kashayam
Find an experienced Ayurvedic Doctor or practitioner who can examine you and advise on the best, effective Ayurvedic treatment for you.